When preparing for hot-stone massages, therapists pick out the smoothest river stones for placement on tense muscles and the most misshapen ones for throwing off the bridge later. Keep your aura in working order with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a one-hour hot-stone massage with an aromatherapy treatment at Soothing Days Massage Therapy (a $65 total value).
Licensed massage therapist Krista Call of Soothing Days Massage Therapy calms the body and mind with relaxing massage and aromatherapy treatments. During the one-hour session, Krista tends to taut muscles with long, gliding Swedish strokes, gentle kneading, and cross-fiber pressure aimed at reducing pain and stiffness throughout the body. Hot stones imported from Turkey remove their pet-rock collars to impart penetrating heat to back tissue, enhancing the massage's benefits to the circulatory and lymph systems. The session culminates with a personalized aromatherapy treatment on the head, neck, and shoulders or feet with one of 30 all-natural essential oils in fragrances such as lavender or lemon. The peppermint scent is believed to diminish sinusitis, headaches, and mental fatigue resulting from attempts to build a particle accelerator entirely out of cheese.
Soothing Days Massage Therapy
Krista Call's passion for massage therapy started as an interest in aromatherapy. She has used essential oils for the past 24 years, choosing, for example, lavender oil for bug bites, tea-tree oil for its cleansing effects, and peppermint for allergic reactions to reindeer. Eventually she began receiving reflexology treatments at the location where she bought her oils, which made her realize how crucial the mind-body connection is to health. She became a licensed massage therapist, desiring to share massage's myriad physical and emotional benefits with others.
At Soothing Days Massage Therapy, Call specializes in therapeutic Swedish and prenatal sessions and gently heats towels or stones to enhance circulation and relaxation. She loosens muscles at spa parties and bridal showers and can also travel to offices or sporting events to perform chair massages.