Having sore muscles, like signing a five-year lease or wearing lead socks, makes it difficult to move. Evict tensely wound tenants with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 40-minute full-body Chinese massage and 20-minute foot reflexology session at Palace Herbal Spa (a $99 value).
Licensed massage therapist Jone Guo and May Wang rebalance weary physiques with a combination of traditional Chinese massage and foot-reflexology therapy. Based on the concept of meridian channels, along which vital energy is thought to flow, treatments commence with a soaking of the feet with medicinal herbs. Customers then transfer to a comfy leather chair, with an ottoman, for 20 minutes of foot reflexology. Another branch of Chinese medicine, foot reflexology aims to dispel hypertension, sleeplessness, and a host of other ailments by coddling acupuncture points, reflex zones, and meridian-channel roots. Each pedal pusher enjoys a full 10-minute treatment that rearms the whole body against illness, exhaustion, and petulant pinky toes. Afterward, while lying face down on a massage table, anatomies absorb healing touches with 40 minutes of targeted pressure designed to unclog corporeal pathways of stress, fatigue, and ghosts inhaled during sleep.
Palace Herbal Spa
Lots of massage centers incorporate Asian influences into their treatments, but Palace Herbal Spa was actually founded in Asia in the 1990s. It wasn't until 2008 that co-founders May and Jone brought the spa to the U.S., where they've found success by offering spa treatments with an Eastern sensibility. These treatments range from Chinese acupressure massages to Japanese aroma foot soaks. The spa's massage therapists can also perform traditional Western techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue.