Massage was the preferred form of stress relief for Roman legionnaires, whose hectic lifestyles left them little time to alleviate tension by blogging about their feelings. Stay loose with today's Groupon: for $40, you get an hour-long massage at Pathway to Perfection on East 71st Street (an up to $95 value).
Certified massage therapist David Merriweather treats Pathway To Perfection's patrons with eight body-coddling massage styles. Opt for a 60-minute Swedish massage (a $75 value) to enjoy the circulation-boosting, stress-melting strokes credited with keeping the Swedes up to three times smilier than their Norwegian neighbors, or choose an hour of hot-stone massage (a $95 value), in which heated basalt rocks are placed along pressure points to warm away tension and anxiety. Trigger point massage (an $85 value) evicts aches and pains with the calculating efficiency of a cold-hearted landlord, while a sports massage (an $85 value) helps weekend warriors and weekday pacifists recover from their diametrically contrasting workouts.
Merriweather—who served as the massage therapist for Cirque du Soleil's Alegría during its stay in Indianapolis—plies his kneadful trade from the cheerfully hued confines of his aesthetically pleasing office, ensuring clients leave the Pathway to Perfection premises with their muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, rather than screeching like a death-metal a capella trio.
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David Merriweather's massage skills don't just ease the muscle aches of office executives and busy parents—they were also fast, focused, and aggressive enough to land him a job as a massage therapist for Cirque du Soleil. With this experience under his belt, David's circus-trained hands dance over his clients' bodies to assuage pain through a gamut of massage modalities. His deeply relaxing Swedish massages utilize light to medium pressure and aromatherapeutic oils to loosen tension and stimulate circulation, and the warmth of heated basalt stones soothes multiple layers of muscular tissue during hot-stone massages. For relief from deep-seated aches, pains, and sinew skirmishes, David wields the pinpointed pressure of deep-tissue massage or trigger-point therapy. Sports massage helps to increase the range of motion of athletes and puppets who wish to become real.