Reviews, Travel Advice

In Search Of The Perfect Massage

January 1, 2011 • By

This is the third in a series of infrequent articles that feature spa deals for the budget traveler.

I consider myself to be a fairly practical person.  I’m not (usually) wasteful and I pride myself on making cogent financial decisions.  So, I was a little bit surprised when I found myself clicking the buy button on one of my favorite discount sites, Living Social.  There was a great deal for a ninety minute massage at a local spa with three additional services to choose from for a grand total of $49.00!  In my neck of the woods, this price was crazy since one hour massages usually are priced in the $100.00+ range and the three add-on services could easily quadruple that price.  Obviously, offering such a fantastic discount was their way of introducing people to the spa.  I wasn’t familiar with them, but I figured with such a small investment , it would be worth investigating.

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WellSpa Suites (Office: (770) 948-8000 351 Thornton Road, Suite 106 Lithia Springs, GA 30122) is located in a quiet, unassuming office park adjacent to I-20 and located west of Atlanta.  I will admit to some reticence as I drove up.  Luckily those feelings begin to wane as soon as I stepped inside.  I was warmly greeted and was escorted into ‘the quiet room’ since I was a little early for my appointment.  Along the way, there were individual suites on either side that were workstations where one could get a massage, mani-pedi, colonic and reflexology sessions.

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The quiet room was serene with very soft sepia colored lighting. You could hear the gentle flow of the water fountain in the corner of the room. A small self-service bar with hot tea and condiments was in the adjoining room.

Soon, I was greeted by my masseuse, Mary Ann Wilson (who also happens to be the owner).  She escorted me into one of the massage rooms where it was equally soothing with dim lighting and easy listening tunes that can be heard throughout the complex.  Mary Ann inquired as to whether there were special areas that she should focus on.  Uh, that would be an absolute yes, grasshopper!  After giving me some time to prepare, she proceeded to give me the best deep tissue massage that I’ve ever had.  She manipulated and applied deep pressure to muscles my body had forgotten existed.  Mary Ann may be a small woman, but she had hands that could work miracles.  I can’t say enough about how relaxed and renewed with vigor I felt afterward.

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The massage table had a built in heating pad that created the perfect oasis after the massage. I have to admit, it wasn’t difficult to fall asleep afterward.

I choose foot reflexology, hand reflexology and a facial as my three add-on services.  WellSpa Suites offers many other services like Chiropractic care, ionic foot detox, colon hydrotherapy, detox body wraps, skin care treatments, waxing services and homeopathy.  One of the hallmarks of this day spa is their excellent customer service.  They take what they do very seriously and seem more than concerned about their client’s comfort and well-being.

I was so impressed that I decided to sign up for a one year membership where I will be treated to an hour full body deep massage every month.  I suffer from arthritis so this treatment helps my chronic muscle pain and inevitable swelling due to inflammation. The price for that is $59.00 a month and if I want to purchase another service, I can do so at $49.00.

It’s my personal commitment to wellness and sometimes you have to give yourself permission to pamper yourself every now and then.  It’s good for the soul and if you can get a discount, is great for the budget.  Sometimes we get so bogged down with life that we forget it’s for living….not just existing.  You deserve to find outlets where you can get away from it all; to revitalize your spirit and giving back to yourself just this once when you give and do so much for others.

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