National Massage Therapy Awareness Week October 25-31, 2009

The next time you roll out of bed with a kink in your neck, pain in your back or frazzled nerves beyond belief, skip the medicine cabinet and dial up your nearest LMT (licensed massage therapist). Although a good rubdown works wonders for stress, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, many clients report massage goes deeper than the soothing surface and can even remedy back pain, headaches and anxiety-related health issues. Right now there’s no better time to schedule a full-body knead because October 25-31 marks National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, a campaign sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association to educate, share and promote the many benefits of massage. From therapeutic to hot rocks and even a few healing needle pricks, we’ve rounded up massage steals along with tried-and-tested treatments too good to pass up.

Unlimited Member Rates at Massage Envy, greater Phoenix and Scottsdale. Head over to one of Massage Envy’s 29 Arizona locations during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week for unlimited massages at member rates for both new and returning clients (60 minutes, $39, 90 minutes, $57).

New Client Massage at LaVida Massage, Chandler. Get hooked on massage with LaVida’s ultra-balancing relaxation massage that increases circulation and soothes muscle tension (60 minutes, $39).

Introductory Massage at Massage Heights, Gilbert and Tempe. New clients choose from any type of massage on the menu including Sports, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Swedish, Trigger Point and Reflexology. Complimentary aromatherapy and discounted hot stone, foot scrub and facial massage elevations available (50 minutes, $39.99).

Detox Lymphatic Rock Treatment at Absolutely Chic Day Spa, Peoria. Hot rocks energize muscles to increase circulation and oxygen while lymphatic strokes cleanse, refresh and tone down inflammation (60 minutes, $39).

Deep Tissue Massage at MyoSymmetrix Advanced Massage Therapy, Scottsdale. For neck, shoulder and low back pain you just can’t kick, try this muscle-stretching myofascial release, pressure-activated trigger point and firm gliding stroke fusion (60 minutes, $45).

Knots Away Massage at Ageless Aesthetics, Glendale. Give muscles a reprieve from pavement pounding workouts and any other athletic activities with this healing deep tissue massage for stubborn soreness (60 minutes, $50 with $25 off coupon).

Massage and Free Foot Treat at Gilbert Bodyworks, Gilbert. Catch a break with a custom hour long massage topped off with a 15-minute Neat Feet Treat for dry, tired, flip flop tootsies (75 minutes, $50).

Hot Stone Massage at Elements Therapeutic Massage, greater Phoenix and Scottsdale. Smooth basalt stones heated to 125 degrees melt away tension while Swedish or Deep Tissue therapy kneads out tightness and achy muscles (80 minutes, $99).

Mineral Massage at Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale. Medium pressure, stretching and a Thai therapy twist balances and detoxifies. The massage also utilizes a moisturizing balm in place of oil (60 minutes, $165).

Needle & the Stone at Golden Door Spa at the Boulders Resort, Carefree. A completely unique blend of muscle-loving hot stone, restorative acupuncture and therapeutic massage that effectively treats stiff muscles, soreness and pain (80 minutes, $270-$280).

For more information on National Massage Therapy Awareness Week visit The American Massage Therapy Association’s website at amtamassage.org.

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