Like walking a tightrope, having tight muscles can cause sensations of nausea, imbalance, and jealousy, the latter directed at smiling contortionists. Loosen up with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour Swedish massage at Pure Therapy Massage Studio in Waterford (a $50 value).
Helmed by certified massage therapist Barb King, Pure Therapy ends stress's stranglehold on muscles and minds by promoting physical health and psychological well-being. King tailors her massages to each client, kneading away chronic aches and targeting painful problem areas. The Swedish massage uses light or medium pressure to loosen knots and alleviate anxiety. Fluid strokes extract tension and stress, whisking the spirit to an isle of tranquility, where the sun always shines and the alarm clock never recites bawdy limericks. An effective way to ease headaches, back pain, and arthritis, a Swedish massage offers a chance at blissful relief. Meanwhile, warm yellow lamps, calming green walls, and a cozy fireplace distract guests with aesthetic comfort as the therapist evicts pesky charley horses and surly tendon jockeys.