It takes about 15 muscles to smile, 50 to frown, and 148 to save a curbside couch from life in a landfill. Soothe sympathetic sinews with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a one-hour massage at Petersen Physical Therapy in Tempe (a $65 value).
Petersen Physical Therapy pampers patrons with a variety of massage techniques specifically designed to instill relaxation or provide functionally therapeutic benefits. Armed with more than 20 years of experience, a full-time massage therapist can enlighten bodies with a deep-tissue massage, during which penetrative strokes loosen muscles and break up toxins like cookies dunked in a cup of lava. Patrons can opt for acupressure, an ancient technique involving focused pressure with hands and fingers, or a prenatal massage, which defends against the aches and anxieties associated with mother-to-be-hood. A therapeutic massage deals with chronic pains and health foes head-on and imparts a rehabilitative feel reminiscent of a limbo addict's intervention.