Without occasional indulgences, the muscles and feet become seditious, hijacking the body and walking into brick walls, coffee table corners, and champion mixed martial artists. Avoid unwanted cage matches with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a 75-minute foot and body massage package at The Foot Spa and Tea Bar in Oakland (an $80 value).
The Foot Spa uses reflexology techniques to exorcise the demons of stress and tension from the soles, the body, and the soul. Relax in its modern, Asian-influenced spa and have a soothing, stimulating cup of complimentary tea before a 50-minute reflexology foot massage and 25-minute full-body massage treatment. The skilled hands of a massage therapist for will perform both services, leaving corporeal forms happily gelatinous and stress as absent as the high-school rebel on senior portrait day.
Yelpers give The Foot Spa and Tea Bar an average of 4.5 stars:
Kume Foot Spa and Tea Bar
If Kume Foot Spa and Tea Bar’s the trickling water fountain, botanical art, and drifting herbal aromas don’t immediately mark it as a tranquil haven, its lengthy list of commendations will. Readers of Oakland Magazine named it the Best Spa in 2012 and the Best Place to Treat Your Feet in 2011, and the magazine's editors called it the Most Relaxing Place to Take a Load Off in 2010. The cozy, Asian-inspired spa has also been nominated in the Best Day Spa category on the San Francisco A-List.
Inside the spa’s lauded confines, skilled massage therapists and reflexologists perform treatments ranging from acupressure and shiatsu sessions to soothing aromatherapy massages with lavender, ginger, and peppermint essential oils. At the tea bar, guests sip complimentary loose-leaf varieties grown in the mountains of China while gargling responses to the nearby water fountain.