In Search Of The Perfect Massage

In Search Of The Perfect Massage

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.


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.


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.


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.



Renee King
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  • inka
    Posted at 01:23h, 02 January Reply

    Just goes to show that good things don’t have to be expensive.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:49h, 02 January Reply

      Precisely, Inka…precisely!

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 01:37h, 02 January Reply

    I just added an item to my new year’s resolutions — get a massage! They’re so great for mind and body. I haven’t tried hand or foot reflexology services. Will have to think about that for next trip to the spa, which I hope will be soon!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:49h, 02 January Reply

      Way to go, Cathy!

  • Ayngelina
    Posted at 10:52h, 02 January Reply

    I have learned that even as a backpacker you need to be pampered some times. I’ve been getting pedicures and facials every month or so just because it helps keep me sane!

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:41h, 02 January Reply

      Good for you, Ayngelina….there is just something life affirming about taking care of yourself.

  • adventureswithben
    Posted at 13:03h, 02 January Reply

    Why is it that massages and spas are so costly? Thanks for the tips!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:48h, 02 January Reply

      That’s why it’s important to look for deals and discounts….they can be pricey and deals can mitigate some of the financial pain of it.

  • Migrationology
    Posted at 16:41h, 02 January Reply

    Hey Renee,
    Within your 2 week visit to Asia, you have got to fit a couple massages into your schedule. I sometimes (ok maybe 2 times so far) go for an aromatherapy massage at a place called Healthland in Bangkok…pretty good deals!

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:18h, 02 January Reply

      Thanks, Mark. I’m writing that name down because Bangkok is definitely on my list.

  • Amy
    Posted at 09:20h, 03 January Reply

    Man, I could use a massage right now!! Great post!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:04h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks, Amy….go for it!

  • Zablon Mukuba
    Posted at 00:54h, 04 January Reply

    i love being pampered, especially when it wont break my budget

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