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 $87, you get a two-hour group couples massage class at Washington Institute of Natural Medicine (a $175 value).
The educators at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine host a harmonious curriculum of homeopathic and natural-health classes including introductory massage for couples. Under the tutelage of certified therapists Robert White and Jennifer House, partners will settle into a two-hour crash course covering massage techniques, muscle manipulation, and sleight of hand in a small group of like-minded pairs. Make tension disappear with knowledge of body mechanics, endangerment sites, and techniques such as deep tissue, petrissage, effleurage, and trigger point. Students spend the first 30 minutes ingesting info as a group before putting their lessons into practice during 1.5 hours of hands-on demonstration. Instructors work privately with each couple to guide them through the finer points of Swedish strokes, compression techniques, and untying knotted up muscles into a carefree cat's cradle of relief.
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Instead of relying on a few professionals to oversee a large number of cases, Dr. Victoria Goldsten distributes responsibility among a large team of specialists. When clients need help losing weight, Dr. Goldsten pairs them with a nutritional consultant or body-wrap technician. Those seeking an energy-based approach to healing can meet with a doctor of naturopathology, an acupuncturist, or a reiki healer. The diverse team of specialists is bound together by the eclectic experience of Dr. Goldsten, whose title bears more acronyms than a government phone directory.