Like house parties, massages give people an excuse to forget about everyday stresses and fall asleep on someone else's table. Attend a fettle-ready fiesta with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage at Second Nature Massage & Healing Arts (a $70 value).
Voted by Portland Phoenix readers as best massage in 2011, Second Nature Massage upholds its reputation by deftly replacing aches with relaxation through a combination of therapeutic modalities. Licensed massage therapists take muscle matters into their own hands, beginning with an evaluation that determines which tension-hoarding tendons are bullying backs and which schoolyard taunts will most effectively shame them. Soothing massage pressure aids circulatory efforts, speeding delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout the body. Massage techniques include energy therapies, such as Reiki and Shamanic healing, to help heal spiritual and muscular aches, with each session tailored to the individual client's needs. Each therapeutic manipulation session loosens tight muscular knots and can relieve overworked inner systems, making elevator rides and office-building base-jumping more exhilarating.