Layoffs, inflation, depression-inducing interest rates—it’s hard to justify pampering yourself when news about the sagging economy is bearing down from all angles. But if your knotted-up shoulders are any sign, you might need a massage now more than ever. Think you can’t afford it? You’ve just got to know how to recoup some cash—plus where to find some decent deals, from cheapo student clinics to special spa sales.

Metromix Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 11, 2008