As a form of unconscious defense, muscles tighten to protect bodies bombarded by hectic schedules, traffic jams, and overweight shoulder parrots. Undo body knots with today's Groupon: for $35, you get two 30-minute trigger-point neck-and-shoulder release treatments at Shen Ti Therapy, located within Orchard Chiropractic and Wellness (a $70 value).
At Shen Ti Therapy, acupressurist and reflexologist Chad Genereux soothes weary muscles using trigger-point release therapy. In two 30-minute sessions, Genereux applies precise levels of pressure to strategic trigger points in the neck and shoulders, encouraging a release of pent-up muscle tension. Commonly caused by everyday activities such as typing, driving, and armoire juggling, trigger points are taut spots in the myofascial layer surrounding muscles, tendons, and joint capsules that develop as muscles repeatedly tighten as an unconscious defense against stress. Trigger-point therapy can improve a multitude of ailments, including body aches and postural problems, and may even help conditions such as arthritis, ulcers, and Dutch elm disease. Patients also receive home-care instructions to enhance the therapy at an accelerated rate.