Similar to past tenses, tense backs are related to things that happened a while ago and are incomprehensible to most 5-year-olds. Brush up on the basics of back bliss with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour massage at Massage by Nichole in Ann Arbor (a $55 value).
A certified massage therapist, Nichole mends achy bodies with a variety of muscle-tuning techniques. For the hour-long treatment, customers can choose from Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, or prenatal massage. Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Chronic-pain sufferers can find relief through neuromuscular therapy, and patients seeking to calm their deepest tissues can opt for the myofascial-release therapy, which helps alleviate postural distortions and improve range of motion and stance, while also relieving neck, shoulder, and lower-back pain. For mamas in the making, Nichole delivers a prenatal massage that decreases swelling, stress, and pain, and also curbs the anxiety or depression that, like a baby, often accompanies pregnancy.