Massages are a time-honored method of alleviating stress, much like the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour massage service at The Chocolate Day Spa (up to an $80 value) in Costa Mesa. Groupon holders get their choice of one of the following massage modalities:
- Deep tissue
- Whoopie cream
Today’s Groupon also gets buyers a $35 gift certificate to use toward future services.
The therapists at The Chocolate Day Spa banish tightness and anxiety with specialized massages augmented with essential oils in a soothing, chocolate-hued atmosphere. Deep-tissue massage delves deeper into muscles to deliver cross-grain pressure that roots out embedded knots and marionette strings, and Swedish massage uses lighter pressure and longer full-body strokes. Alternatively, muscle miscreants melt into sublime submission under coats of chocolate-scented essential oils or dollops of whoopie cream as deft strokes calm each of their corporeal quadrants. Expectant mothers can opt for the prenatal massage designed to alleviate the soreness associated with pregnancy, while increasing their range of motion to protect themselves from unexpected baby showers.
The Chocolate Day Spa
Once cited as a Spa to Get the Red Carpet Treatment in the Editor’s Pick section of 944 Magazine, The Chocolate Day Spa indulges its clients with spa services as decadent as a box of chocolate truffles. During a whoopie-cream massage, the spa’s signature shea-butter lotion softens skin and prevents friction as the massage therapist applies gentle pressure and performs gliding strokes. A treat for the senses, the chocolate-scented massage immerses clients in the aroma of cocoa to save them the trouble of visiting the great chocolate lakes of Appalachia. The spa even takes the guilt out of the indulgence it encourages by providing such slimming treatments as infrared-sauna sessions and Endermologie treatments. Inside the med spa, laser light works to lift faces, tighten eyes, and plump lips, and Botox and Juvéderm reduce the appearance of wrinkles.