Archive for January, 2011

$45 for 50-minute Hypnotherapy Session at Bay Area Hypnotherapy ($95 Value)

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$45 for 50-minute Hypnotherapy Session at Bay Area Hypnotherapy ($95 Value)

Dip into the mind's underbelly with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 50-minute hypnotherapy session at Bay Area Hypnotherapy on Market Street in Union Square (a $95 value).

James D. Swearingen of Bay Area Hypnotherapy fetes worry-laden individuals with an in-depth, one-on-one session bent on addressing myriad issues, from anxiety to relationship problems, that stand as barriers to reaching full potential. Using the relaxed state of hypnosis, Swearingen uses the focused situation to possibly help harness the unconscious mind, searching for behavioral motivation or unseen issues, all while letting the conscious mind lazily munch peanuts in the dugout. While Swearingen is not a psychologist, doctor, or psychiatrist and cannot legally treat, diagnose, or guarantee cures for medical ailments, he is a smoke-free, sober success story of the powers of hypnosis. Take Bay Area Hypnotherapy's 30-second self-test which is said to determine if you're a good candidate for hypnotherapy.

Though Bay Area Hypnotherapy sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

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$139 for a One-Hour Horseback-Riding Lesson, One-Hour Stable Visit, and Three-Hour Trail Ride at Isabella Farms ($300 Value)

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$139 for a One-Hour Horseback-Riding Lesson, One-Hour Stable Visit, and Three-Hour Trail Ride at Isabella Farms ($300 Value)

The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's Groupon: for $139, you get a one-hour stable visit, a one-hour horseback-riding lesson, and a three-hour trail ride (a $300 value) at Isabella Farms, just south of downtown Clayton.

From its 15-acre estate at the foot of Mount Diablo, Isabella Farms helps riders of all levels, aged 16 and up, master the art of horseplay with small-group lessons (2-6 people per lesson) and guided trail rides. Upon arrival, students will shake hooves with one of several premiere horses and then blasting human-equine barriers with such time-honored activities as grooming, saddling, bridling, trust falls, and sitting for horse-drawn portraits. After an experienced instructor covers the basics of western riding and safety techniques, your group embarks on a three-hour guided tour through a lush landscape of verdant hills and old-growth oak trees. A mid-journey natural or organic treat will keep spirits chipper, and Isabella Farms provides guests with snacks and water. For total comfort, be sure to wear hats, gloves, jeans, boots with a one-inch heel or less, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine and Drinks at Ristorante Mataro in Menlo Park

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$15 for $30 Worth of Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine and Drinks at Ristorante Mataro in Menlo Park

When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and drinks at Ristorante Mataro in Menlo Park. Ristorante Mataro spins Italian pizzas, pastas, and more with as much love as Fellini spins his memories of Roman beaches onto spools of celluloid. Evening eaters can eat away their cares with a dinner of handcrafted pies, such as the Mediterranean pizza ($15.95) piled with grilled chicken, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and more. Mataro's pastas, such as penne pesto with sun-dried tomato and pine nuts ($11.95), can be made gluten-free. Poorly disguised grizzly bears, meanwhile, can hunch into their trench coats and order a fresh seafood entree of horseradish-crusted salmon ($19.95) matched with a bottle from Ristorante Mataro's bounteous selection of domestic and international wines.

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$65 for an Introduction-to-Photography Workshop at Aperture Academy ($135 Value)

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$65 for an Introduction-to-Photography Workshop at Aperture Academy ($135 Value)

Before photography, the only way people could preserve their most treasured memories was by forcing everyone around them to stand completely still for days at a time. Today's Groupon presents a less complicated option: for $65, you get an introduction to photography workshop at Aperture Academy, located in Campbell (a $135 value). Award-winning nature photographer Stephen W. Oachs guides pupal shutterbugs to harness the power of today's sophisticated digital cameras. The three-hour seminar, scheduled once a month on Saturdays, simplifies key camera techniques and settings, and dispenses tips on editing photos to remove evidence of washboard money laundering. A catered lunch keeps pupils primed to spot each lens-worthy moment, be it a flock of pigs taking flight or an unethical astrophysicist stealing fire from the heavens.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Tea from Teance in Berkeley. Shop In-Store or Online.

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$20 for $40 Worth of Tea from Teance in Berkeley. Shop In-Store or Online.

Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of tea at Teance in Berkeley or for an online purchase. This Groupon is also valid toward tea subscriptions, tastings, or classes, in any combination. While not required, reservations are recommended.

Teance bags more than 65 tea varieties from countless countries on any given day, which means your tea treat will provide an eclectic gambit of flavor to your fortuitous tongue. White, green, oolong, jasmine, blooming, red, black, and pu-erh teas will steep slowly in your mental kettle, signaling you to whistle softly at each relaxing sip. If you like being surprised, a tea subscription hooks up subscribers with a different 2-ounce package of fresh tea each month ($56 for three months). During a tea tasting, the veteran tea teachers at Teance will happily provide you with a breakdown of each variety's origins, ingredients, benefits, and the potential export market impact of a Beanie Baby resurgence ($7 for a single tea, $15 for a rare tea, and $18 for a flight of three). If you stop in on a weekend or lucky weekday, your tasting will be paired with a complimentary, handmade seasonal treat. Customers interested in extending their mastery of tea knowledge can discuss the finer points of recognizing and appreciating tea leaves and flavors during one of Teance's tea classes.

In keeping with the serene connection between tea and mind, the interior of Teance is almost entirely sky-lit, the walls are rustically constructed from raked plaster, the cabinetry is built from sustainable bamboo, the floor is patch-worked with handmade tiles, and the central tasting bar is embedded with gems, actual contentedness, and fossils.

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$25 for $50 Worth of Empanadas and Dipping Sauces from Mas Empanadas in San Rafael

Monday, January 31st, 2011
$25 for $50 Worth of Empanadas and Dipping Sauces from Mas Empanadas in San Rafael

To keep meats and fillings warm throughout dinner, many cultures tuck them into a flaky crust and read them Goodnight Moon before eating them. Improve bedtime rituals with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of items at Mas Empanadas in San Rafael or by ordering online. Mas Empanadas delivers orders to San Francisco and Marin County at no extra charge with today's Groupon.

This 100% Latino-owned business uses 100% organic flour and 100% natural ingredients to assemble sweet and savory empanadas with a multilingual blend of Caribbean, Latin American, and Californian points of view. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs can delight their senses in the flavors of mushrooms with brie, onions, and spices ($45 per dozen), while their meat-minded brethren can tear into a savory, roasted chicken poblano with onion, poblano chile, red bell pepper, tomato, cilantro, and spices ($45 per dozen). To keep the taste buds on the other side of your tongue from rebelling and making everything taste like burnt hair, keep them happy with the apple-cinnamon-with-chocolate empanada infused with Turbinado sugar ($30 per dozen). These fresh and healthy treats come in both meal and cocktail size. As with square dancing, mixing and matching fillings is encouraged, as are odd-numbered orders.

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$50 for $100 Worth of Services at Magic Tan Spa

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
$50 for $100 Worth of Services at Magic Tan Spa

In olden times, tanning referred to the process of convincing animals to convert themselves into leather, which was then used to bind books about tanning. Learn tanning's modern definition with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of tanning services at Magic Tan Spa on Thornwood Drive or Meridian Avenue.

Magic Tan helps clients keep their skin nicely hued and satisfyingly svelte with a high-tech armory of body-bronzing equipment. With the infrared body wrap ($99 for one treatment), you'll cocoon yourself in silicone bandages emitting infrared heat for a 50-minute treatment designed to increase circulation and metabolism while eviscerating extra pounds. Magic Tan also offers four levels of relaxing tanning beds, giving sun-avoiders the chance to find their ideal skin tone. Give your epidermis an attractive creamy hue inside a level-three KBL 4000 tanning booth ($14 per session), made complete with mood lighting, a built-in stereo system, extensive turbo body fans, and the soothing baritone of Morgan Freeman reading Boys II Men lyrics.

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$40 for a Four-Stop Winery Treasure Hunt with Tastings from Wine Treasure Trails ($75 Value)

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
$40 for a Four-Stop Winery Treasure Hunt with Tastings from Wine Treasure Trails ($75 Value)

Grapes, much like water, naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a four-stop winery treasure hunt from Wine Treasure Trails (a $75 value), which begins at a secret wine-laden location.

Drawing from a select cadre of Napa and Sonoma wineries tucked away from the well-trodden trails, Wine Treasure Trails challenges fermentation detectives to explore attractive landscapes and uncover little-known wine spots through a series of clever clues. Embark on a one-day quest to track down mysterious tasting sites dotted throughout the rolling hills of vineyard country. After unlocking the mystery of each locale, sleuths sip delectable vino from each vineyard's limited-run stock, allowing for leisurely discussion about vintage quality, for friendly banter with expert winemakers, and for time to uncover the mystery of whether or not Ulysses S. Grant's beard was made of live bees. Wine Treasure Trails recommends bringing a designated driver and will happily point winery perusers in the direction of a driving service.

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$125 for $300 Worth of Pressure Washing from Avalon Cleaning Solutions

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
$125 for $300 Worth of Pressure Washing from Avalon Cleaning Solutions

Like a human face, the outside of a house needs to be blasted with water from time to time to keep the mildew away . Care for your residential visage with today's Groupon: for $125, you get $300 worth of pressure washing from Avalon Cleaning Solutions (pressure washing starts at $150 per hour; most houses can be cleaned in two to four hours). Avalon melds the grime-zapping efficacy of high-quality pressure washing with the convenience of on-site service. During a high-powered house shower, fully licensed washers spray away building stains with streak-scattering streams of nature's own water, ensuring a magpie-baiting gleam without the use of harsh chemicals. Whether your castle is besieged by dirt or your houseboat needs a barnacle lift, Avalon will bathe your dwelling’s walls and windows with a tailor-made treatment to bring optimum optical results.

Service is available in the following zip codes:

94123 94133 94228 94117 94121 94122 94116 94127 94131 94114 94110 94107 94132 94103 94129

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$35 for $70 Worth of Services at Joie de Vie Salon & Day Spa in Pleasanton

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
$35 for $70 Worth of Services at Joie de Vie Salon & Day Spa in Pleasanton

Before battle, samurai warriors gently exfoliated and deeply cleansed their pores so they could slay foes with one sexy glance. Become an aesthetic warrior with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of services at Joie de Vie Salon & Day Spa in Pleasanton.

A serene sanctuary in a world increasingly overrun by out-of-control marching bands, Joie de Vie de-stresses guests with impeccable services that nurture the body, mind, knuckle sticks, and spirit. The over-taloned can indulge appendages with the classic manicure, which makes cuticles cute, reshapes scraggly edges into fine forms, and coat tops with layers of color more vivid than crayons melted to unmelted crayons ($15). For a more luxurious luxuriation, wrap bone blankets in a milk and honey sugar body polish ($70) or treat tresses to a deep-conditioning treatment & blow-dry ($50). Your pampered physique will emerge with a sightly form and a newfound respect for its needy sidewalk shadow.

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