Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Gem of Atlanta: Buford Highway

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One of the coolest things about moving to a new city is exploration! Before I moved to Atlanta, I'd only visited a handful of times. Now that I live here, though, I have plenty of time to sample all the things my home has to offer. 

As you may remember, I love a good massage. I am also not very choosy about where I get my massages. In fact, I have been known to get a chair massage in the middle of a shopping mall, a street fair, or even a market in chinatown. Armed with this knowledge, it should not surprise you that when I heard about the foot massages on Buford Highway, I knew I had to try for myself.

For those of you who don't live in Atlanta, Buford Highway is home to a bunch of international restaurants, salons, shops, and spas. So, feeling as if I were on an expedition, I drove about twenty minutes north of my apartment, and I found a place called Treat Your Feet.

Treat Your Feet is located in a strip mall on the west side of Buford Highway, and I must admit I picked it at random. Because of its location, I thought it could be a little sketchy, but when I went inside, it looked really nice and clean, and there was a sign that said "1 Hour Foot Massage - $30." Of course I knew I had to have one. 

After telling the receptionist I'd like a foot massage, I was led into a dim room with five huge, cushy chairs, a door with rice paper panes, and pleasant music playing gently in the background. Showing me to my chair, a the receptionist offered me water and/or hot tea, though I only opted for water. 

The foot massage that ensued was incredible. There were mallets, warm cloths, lotions, and hot stones. I couldn't remember being more relaxed. When the masseuer was finished with my feet, he asked me to switch positions, and he then proceeded to massage my head, neck, shoulders, and upper back. It was incredible.

When I left, I gladly paid the $30 for the massage plus tip, feeling like I was getting away with something. 

This past weekend, I decided I should make another trip to Buford Highway, but this time I tried a new place. Yet again, I was impressed. This time, I chose a "half and half," which was a half hour of foot massage, and a half hour of table massage. The surroundings were less plush at this location (whose name escapes me), but the table massage may just be the best one I've ever had. 

In conclusion, the next time you're in Atlanta, make sure you visit Buford Highway near Doraville. The massages are an absolute steal.

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