Without the loosening effects of massage, shoulders would stiffen into immobility and fall victim to freeloading parrots and the burden of carrying Earth's heavyset brother, Girth. Pamper your perches with today's Groupon to Pax Massage in Ipswich. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a 60-minute massage (up to a $104 value).
- For $89, you get a 60-minute massage (up to a $104 value) and a 60-minute deep pore facial (an $89 value; up to a $193 total value).
Pax Massage pampers bodies and faces with relaxing spa services from a team of therapists who specialize in a variety of techniques. Experienced kneaders use gliding strokes and lullabies sung by a Nordic children’s choir to relieve tension with Swedish modalities, and they target particular muscle groups to alleviate chronic pain during the deep-tissue massage. Long strokes join forces with the warm weight of lava and basalt stones to disband deep-seated tension in hot-stone massages, whereas the sports massage incorporates assisted stretching to augment feats of athleticism and reduce recovery time. Clients have the option of supplementing their massage with a deep pore facial to help treat breakouts, skin dehydration, and fine lines, as well as an exfoliating anti-aging mask infused with vitamin C or a revitalizing renewal mask containing seawater and secret mermaid moisturizers.
Gauzy curtains filter out select wavelengths of sunlight flooding through the walls of windows in Pax Massage's bright waiting room. Throughout the spa, residential touches enhance the relaxation, with simple light fixtures illuminating the hallways, exposed brick in several treatment rooms, and novelty fish reprogrammed to sing Enya songs.
Though massage can pamper and relax, Helena Hughes knows it can also heal. The owner and massage therapist at Pax Massage has believed in the power of touch ever since it brought peace to her terminally ill grandmother and her grieving mother. Massage provided her grandmother an hour to herself every week and raised her spirits. For her mother, “it was more of an emotional thing, of someone taking care of her for that hour.” After her grandmother passed way, Hughes returned to her job in PR but couldn’t muster much enthusiasm. “I kept going back to the fact that my grandmother and mother were able to get through this time with the help of a healing touch.” So, with the encouragement of her husband, Hughes decided to switch careers.
While her spa was being built, she took night-school classes in massage therapy and energy work. Now, she specializes in helping clients “who are going through a significant loss,” just as another therapist once helped her own family. Hughes observes that when people go through loss, they accrue tension in their neck and shoulders, which can lead to injuries and discomfort. “What I preach to all my clients is that it’s a choice to be in good health and to feel well, and I think that massage is very powerful in doing that for them,” she says. Hughes joins a team of massage therapists and an aesthetician to offer healing massages and skincare services. Clients can request male or female massage therapists.