On Saturday, January 18 two friends and I each did a package we created: Steam, Whirlpool & Massage.
Steam: We had 15 minutes (timed) in their steam room. A small tiled room with an immense amount of steam. I've been to MANY spas and this was the MOST steam I've ever experienced. Initially I thought it might be too much, but it wasn't it was AMAZING. It was a great way to start our relaxing afternoon.
Whirlpool: This was a new one for me. We each had our own Whirlpool tub, in our own room to ourselves. It was great. Enya playing on the sound system. 15 minutes (also carefully timed) in a hot bubbling tub was GREAT after being in steam.
Massage: I go to a spa in Manhattan once a month and therefore I REALLY LOVE deep tissue massage. My friends frequently go to SpaWorld in the NoVA area. Atasia has it documented in their materials that they do not give deep tissue massages. So... for that reason, I give you a 4 out of 5 on TA.
Overall we really enjoyed our visit. The spa is clean, a nice atmosphere (steam & Whirlpool are on the first floor; massages on the second floor where there are a few quiet seated areas to relax before your massage), the staff is friendly & caring. Their robes are fantastic (not those thin waffle robes that are common at spas - these were microfiber lined - SO NICE)!!!
The locker room is a bit small, but not bad.
TIP: spa etiquette: get dressed and move on to a space where you can chitchat... maybe that's me and my DC/NYC experience... Yes, it's fun to be with friends/family but come on... there are other people in the space - move it. I've been to AMAZING SPAs across the US that are HUGE and cost 3 times as much... go there if you want to socialize while getting dressed and putting on your makeup (in fact one spa had a quiet room and a social room where you could dress & put on makeup). Plus... the reality is the other patrons don't want to hear your stories... we are here to relax - hearing about your partner, kids, family, work, whatever... does not make our experience pleasurable... That's not the spa's fault...that's a rude patron...
Maybe Atasia could put up signs in the locker room: "Please respect the peace and quiet of others enjoying this relaxing environment."
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