Giving yourself a back massage is impossible, much like keeping your eyes open while sneezing or reading an entire book. Give spines a rest with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a one-hour Swedish massage at Toni’s Massage in Hillsborough (a $65 value).
Toni’s Massage takes its name from Toni Campbell Shaw, a graduate of The Body Therapy Institute who previously spent 27 years tending to patients at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to beginning the service, the massage therapist asks general health questions to identify any condition that might make the subsequent treatment uncomfortable, such as being on certain medications or having stone bones. Clients undress themselves to whatever extent they prefer, and then cover their bodies with a clean sheet or towel. The massage therapist then enters the comfortably warm room and slathers a light oil or lotion across the epidermis before applying broad, flowing strokes to the whole body. As the body relaxes, the massage therapist applies more direct pressure to specific muscle groups to pop any bubbles of subcutaneous tension. Following the massage, patrons can enjoy a bevy of benefits, such as decreased anxiety, improved sleep, and reduced fatigue. Clients can feel free to consult a list of frequently asked questions, which alleviates any remaining uncertainty about the massage procedure and explains which style of hair best flatters the spine.
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