Massage & Bodyworks
This Napa-esque winery and resort’s spa, just forty minutes northeast of Atlanta, elevated its game with a $3 million renovation in 2010, adding spa suites, couples’ treatment rooms, and big, comfy couches for relaxing between services.
Located on the seventh floor of the Loews Hotel, this total-wellness spa whips you into overall shape the way health spas (like Arizona’s Canyon Ranch) used to do before so many of them got into the pampering business.
In the Alpharetta spa’s largest treatment room, a duo of practitioners work in tandem: They begin by unknotting the back with fluid, simultaneous motions, then one kneads the shoulders while the other works on the legs.
Michael’s most unique specialty is zheng gu tui na, a Chinese acupressure treatment. “Tui na” means “push-pull,” and Michael performs a rolling action with her fist that unwinds the muscles, though the overall effect is energizing.
“Manly” and “spas” don’t normally coalesce, but Jonpaul’s and its country club aura excel in equating the two.
When the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group took over Buckhead’s former Mansion on Peachtree earlier this year, it revamped the spa with its signature therapies fusing Asian and European techniques.