Like Hawaii, relaxation can be a challenging state to reach. Ensnare elusive serenity with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a 30-minute massage at Spa 33 in El Cajon (a $39 value).
Spa 33’s certified massage therapists serenade tense sinews with finger-strummed rhythms of relaxation, restoring bodily harmony and relieving stress and chronic aches. With specialties ranging from pre-natal to geriatric massage, tissue whisperers quiet muscle moans and improve circulation by infiltrating gnarled knots with swashbuckling knuckles. Let deep-tissue bodywork delve beneath upper epidermal layers, or target kickball-weary limbs with a sports massage. Therapists transform tangled fibers into fresh-baked loaves of nourishment via gliding Swedish strokes, delivering nutrients to vital organs, increasing flexibility, and dampening pain accrued while transcribing Facebook profiles onto runestones. For an additional $20, Groupon holders can upgrade to a one-hour massage.
At Spa 33, each staff member plays a specific role in the spa’s healing and beautifying disciplines, from custom massages to aesthetics and makeup application. Clients in need of a massage can match their needs with one of four massage therapists, all of whom are identified on the website by their general degree of massage pressure on a scale of 1–10. Using this scale, clients can seek out a therapist who can offer a gliding, gentle massage or one who breaks up muscle knots and tendons in mid-clash. In addition to massages, complexion-beautifying spa services draw from ingredients known to have healing properties, such as pumpkin and European roses. The spa offers extended hours on Thursday and Friday, and appointments can be booked online.