Heat relaxes the body, which explains why trainers apply hot pads to athletic injuries and contortionists take curry-filled baths before performances. Release tension using a less piquant method with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-hour hot-stone massage (a $100 value) at The Tao of Healing.
The Tao of Healing's trained staffers smooth out bodily kinks with eight types of massages and pamper physiques with other spa treatments. In a private suite designed for one-on-one interaction, the soothing service begins with a traditional Swedish massage to warm up stiff physiques. With the aid of round basalt-lava stones heated to between 120–150 degrees Fahrenheit, a licensed therapist infuses heat into tight bone-holders to boost overall circulation and relax muscles into a mindful, meditative state. The pleasantly balmy pebbles may be placed along the spine or palms of the hands, allowing the warmth to seep more deeply into the dermis. As the stones cool off, they are replaced with newly heated ones to keep the infusion consistent.