Put your body in the hands of a holistic healing expert. For $54, today's Groupon gets you an hour-long massage or reflexology session with Rachel Avalon (normally $90). Take away your aches and pains with any one of Avalon's massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, and massage specifically targeted for infants, teenager, or pregnant women. This Groupon is also good for a 60-minute session of reflexology. Commonly referred to as "acupuncture without needles," reflexology relieves stress through foot squeezing and, optionally, lobe tugging.
Avalon is no ordinary back-rubber: she lectures on holistic nutrition and eco-beauty, has appeared on The Aware Show (KPFK, 90.7 FM), and was born in Seattle. The Rachel Avalon massage studio, located east of Beverly Hills at 1040 S. La Jolla Ave., is a Spanish-style house surrounded by a fountain and gardens that ooze eco-friendly tranquility. Keep your eyes open to soak up the scenery while your skin soaks up essential oils.
- This was one of those truly special massages where every stroke and pressure point application induced a deep sense of peace and relaxation - Rachel's touch is extremely healing and achieves just the right balance between soft and effective...Rachel herself emits warmth and calm, making even new clients feel as if they are visiting an old friend as she leads them to the roomy and tranquil treatment space.
Avalon's site has a few more client testimonials. Here's what they're saying:
- She has a wonderful touch, deep yet gentle, and a giant heart, a winning combination in my book. – Sharon, medical intuitive and healer
- She has a true gift for connected mind, body, and spirit and infusing you with love. What she offers is beautiful and I am grateful to have found her. – Amanda, actress
Sweden: Home of the Swedish Massage
Everyone knows that Swedes use a lot of oils in their famous massages, but did you know that Sweden is the world's second-largest consumer of lubricating oils, trailing only hard-bodied male strippers? A 2006 study in The American Examiner of Suspicious Swedish Behavior reported that Swedes annually use 1,460 gallons of lubricating oils per person. That comes out to exactly four gallons per person, per day, every day of the year (leap year not factored in to avoid over-complication). To non-Swedes, that number may sound high, but in a country driven by the Swedish massage, ABBA, and general sexiness, it's right on par.
Here's the typical oil-usage schedule of an average Swedish family of four on military time:
05:30: Wake up, full-body soak in vat of oil (300 gal.)
06:30: Family massage (5 gal.)
10:30: Period of quiet thought (3 gal.)
12:00: Operate massage parlor out of Smart car (1 gal.)
13:00: Leave work
13:30: Period of slightly louder thought (4 gal.)
20:00: Slide beneath bed's vinyl sheets and sleep (3 gal.)
If you're interested in living like a Swede, get today's deal on an incredible Swedish massage. If their lifestyle frightens you, go with one of the other massage options or reflexology. Either way, you get a full hour of relaxation.