When I told a friend who graduated from Emory that I was moving to Atlanta, she told me to make sure to get my feet done on Buford Highway.
The massage options on Buford Highway are numerous, and some seem a bit sketchy. But when I asked around, Treat Your Feet Outside the Perimeter stood out.
It is a popular destination for the one-hour foot massage, which includes about 10 minutes of neck and back massage.
Clients sit side by side in large, comfortable chairs in a quiet, darkened room. Sessions start with a cup of tea or water and include hot rocks in addition to pressure-point massage. Wearing loose-fitting pants you can easily roll up is a must to get the full benefit of the treatment. Feel free to let your masseuse know if you would like less or more pressure.
It is an affordable and lovely treat for more than just your feet, and the hour flies by, leaving you relaxed and ready to go out into the world.
Despite the name, the spa also has facilities for full-body massages, from Thai to Swedish to hot stone.
The quality of the service depends on the skill of the masseuse. My most recent massage was a sports massage, which was well done and left me with less tension. But a friend who had a Swedish massage was only moderately happy and found that the language barrier made it impossible to ask for more pressure or more attention on a particular body area.
The full-body massage without many frills won’t break your pocketbook.
With 19 chairs for foot massages, Treat Your Feet often hosts groups who share a bottle of wine while being treated, making the spa an excellent choice for a birthday or other celebration.
Weekends are busy as folks pair shopping and eating on Buford Highway with a bit of relaxation. Appointments are a must, and recently the spa has begun insisting on confirmations to avoid no shows.
Show up a few minutes ahead of your appointment to allow time for parking and check-in, which can take a while. Showing up late may mean missing your spot.
Treat Your Feet Outside the Perimeter
5938 Buford Highway, Suite 105-103, Doraville
Treat Your Feet Buckhead
3275 Peachtree Road, No. 250, Buckhead
$30 per hour for foot massage; $60 per hour for full body