Take tired muscles, worn-out walking feet, and a face that has had to face a lifetime of face-to-face barefaced audacity to a restful place with today's Groupon: a spa package that includes a 30-minute Swedish massage, foot bath, and 30-minute facial at The Dragontree Holisitic Day Spa. The Dragontree is a serene sanctuary that specially tailors treatments to be the well-oiled and sweet-smelling smooth-wheels that take every person on his or her personal relaxation journey to personal relaxation.
The 30-minute Swedish massage ($45) relieves stress with smooth, gliding kneads over your entire back, and the 30-minute Daydream facial ($45) rejuvenates your complexion. The milk-and-honey foot bath ($28) uses sweet buttermilk and whole milk to soften skin, while anti-inflammatory, nutritious, and antiseptic honey soothes and rejuvenates downtrodden big toes, little toes, and unloved middle toes. This Groupon is perfect if you're planning to run a marathon, want to de-stress from the stress that is life, or finally realized that watching the Charles In Charge marathon is not a suitable way to relax.
Dragontree's friendly staff of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists are experienced back-patters who know the perfect pressure points to relax tense muscles and loosen lumbago-stress. The owner wanted a Portland spa that's a gorgeous escape from everyday life, a spot where both clients and therapists are treated like family, and a business that supports the local community (the Dragontree donates to local charities).
More than 80 Citysearchers give The Dragontree 4.5 stars:
- This is by far my favorite spa in Portland! From the second you walk in the door until the moment you leave, each minute is an unbelievably relaxing & magical experience. – AnnaBat, Citysearch
- I have gotten full body massage there that was AMAZING and recently just stopped in for a foot bath. Even that simple treat made my whole week better. The ambiance they've created there is out of this world. – LolitaG, Citysearch
- I was uncertain of the foot soak but it really transcends you to another place. The massages I have received have been wonderful and the staff is incredible. – orfoodie, Citysearch
While the United States is a relatively young culture with no dragons of our own (yet), there is much we can learn from the dragons of other nations:
- Mexico: Current home to Quetzalcoatl, the great feathered serpent feared and worshipped by the Aztec empire. These days, Quetzalcoatl has attached his celebrity to local political causes, negotiating water distribution rights for local villagers in exchange for exclusive villager eating rights.
- China: Ao Guang, ancient Dragon King of the East Sea, brought chaos to his people in the form of terrible storms and natural disasters. This so angered the Heavenly Grandfather that he transformed Ao Guang into the smallest and lowliest of all snakes to teach him the humility of the Tao. Ao Guang currently resides in a terrarium in Hammond, Indiana, where he responds to the name Pico.
- New York City: While not technically a dragon, the misunderstood beast codenamed Cloverfield that terrorized our eastern seaboard last January taught us a valuable lesson about tolerance and our nation's own disturbing unreadiness when responding to "biological events." Despite thorough scientific analysis, scientists are still unable to explain exactly what the creature is, outraging online communities. Cloverfield is currently chained to the ocean floor, where it idly consumes passing porpoises and mournfully cries out for its mother, who, scientists assure us, is not the cause of recent seismic activity in the Gulf of Maine.
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