Personalized attention, a high degree of professional capacity and skill, and a lovely space make Nava Sen Spa worth seeking out. Tucked away in a nondescript office park in Marietta, the location disguises the escape and promise of the spa.

I found my way to Nava Sen Spa on the recommendation of two friends who spoke highly of this Jewish-owned business. The well-organized website displays a dazzling range of massage options, including hot stone, Thai and deep tissue, as well as packages for couples.

The array was a bit overwhelming, and I was unsure what would best meet my needs, so instead of making an appointment online, I called and spoke directly with owner Nava Alkalay. I told her about the tightness in my neck and back and said I was not sure which kind of massage would be best.

She booked me an appointment with her personally and assured me she would assess my needs and choose the most appropriate technique.

The spa is spacious and impeccably clean, a luxurious escape. Alkalay met me when I entered, and, noting my home address on the intake form, she thanked me for making the journey. Based on my hope for relief from neck strain, she explained her plan for my massage.

Raised in Thailand, Alkalay grew up in a culture that sees massage as a central part of wellness and care. Though massage is a second career for her, she has dedicated significant time to training and worked with a chiropractor before opening her business.

Her skill and holistic approach were evident through the massage as she manipulated my muscles and joints. I left feeling a significant improvement in the tension in my muscles and wondering when I could book another appointment.

Alkalay does not do all the massages herself. She employs several masseuses with a variety of specialties, including a doula with a focus on pre- and post-natal massage and an expert massage for those with breast cancer. She has built the business meticulously, and her personal care and attention to all aspects of the customer experience shine through.

The next time you are looking to take your massage experience to the next level, you would do well to try Nava Sen Spa.

Nava Sen Spa

519 Johnson Ferry Road, No. 400, Marietta

www.navasenspa.com; 770-973-1155

One-hour massage, $60 to $80