I like to indulge.
From afternoon tea, to designer shoes, to exotic trips. A girl has gotta treat herself.
One of my all-time favorite indulgences is massages. There is nothing like laying in a cozy bed, while a stranger works out your knots using lavender scented oil. It's heaven.
Though I love it, the problem with massages is... they ain't cheap. In fact, they are pretty freakin' expensive.
A trip to a luxury hotel's spa could run you $300+ for a deep tissue and even mediocre spas will run you $120 for a 60 minute sesh.
Well - I've got some incredible news! I've discovered the most underrated massage in San Francisco: The Cinta Aveda Institute.
I've visited the Cinta Aveda Institute for a hair cut and I loved my experience (and the cut... see below)! The Institute is filled with students training to go to the country's top salons and spas.
|Cute Hair Cut, 2012|
I vaguely remember seeing on the brochure that they offered full body massages for 60 minutes for $40. A few days ago while walking home after yoga, I decided top pop in and confirm my suspicion. The spa is located dangerously close to my office.
Low and behold - I was delighted to find out I was right! I nabbed an appointment for the next day.
Another big win is they take appointments up until 6:30 pm.
I was escorted to my little section which was in the corner and simply lovely. The spa area is partitioned off by curtains, but they keep it totally private and very zen. The ambiance combines the urban setting and exposed brick with music like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
My massage therapist, Martha -- though just a student, was very professional and gave an amazing full body massage including scalp and feet. Not to mention she used lustworthy Aveda products throughout the treatment.
I highly recommend the Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco for your next massage. You will not be disappointed and you simply can't beat the price.
305 Kearny Street (at Bush)
images via Cinta Aveda