Massaging Away the Sunday Blues at the InterContinental Buckhead

Saying “goodbye” to a wonderful weekend is like taking the last sips of a fabulous glass of champagne — you’d much rather savor both forever. That’s why I’ve decided that the best remedy for the Sunday blues is a good old daycation, spa style.

Recently, I headed to the spa at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta to rid myself of a case of the Sundays. (Disclaimer, kids, my treatment was comped, as I was writing about the visit for an upcoming Urban Lux Magazine article that will be out in mid October.)

Like most hotel spas in Atlanta, valet parking is free, as long as you get your ticket validated by the spa folks. My original plan was to head over to the hotel around noon to enjoy a little poolside people watching (access to the pool is included with a treatment), but unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans.

I did get in a good workout in the fitness center, which anyone popping in for a spa treatment has access to. You know how I like my treadmills with a view, and this cardio equipment didn’t disappoint, with windows providing bird’s eye view of Peachtree.

After my sweat sesh, I donned the traditional spa uniform of robe and slippers and headed to the relaxation room. There I was met by my therapist, Teeko, who was going to give me an hour-long Signature Relaxation Massage. All I can say about Teeko is “AMAZING.”

A lot of the massages I’ve received in hotel spas have been relaxing — but not really effective. Simply put, these massages don’t do much to resolve any of my muscle aches and pains. But today, I decided to extend a challenge to Teeko, which she accepted.

I was having some issues with the ball of my foot, and I asked Teeko if she could focus in on my ankle and calf area to try and provide some relief. For the majority of the hour, she did just that. Now, I won’t lie. The pressure wasn’t always pleasant, but I walked out of this session feeling relief. Thank you, Teeko.

After the massage, I wandered back to the relaxation room and enjoyed a few pieces of dried fruit, some nuts, and a delicious cup of hot tea (it’s black coconut tea from the company Just Add Honey — and if you’re a teaholic like myself, I’d highly recommend).

I’d say that this spa was a pretty good fit — and I’d absolutely go back to visit Teeko (and enjoy some of that tea!). The only miss is that there wasn’t a sauna or a steam room. And I was so distracted by my pain relief that didn’t matter too much.   

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