Treatment we had: Still Waters Run Deep foot massage and scrub, $70.
What we liked: Aesthetician Adua Falwell placed my feet in a small barrel of hot epsom-salt water, then left me for a few minutes with a warm neck pillow, a warm scented eye pillow, and a drop of lavender oil on my palms. The friendly Falwell then scrubbed my calves and heels with a sugar scrub and gently pressed and kneaded my soles. A choice of herbal tea or water added to the relaxing, hourlong treatment. (Free wine is offered in the evening.)
What you should know: Don’t shave your legs for a few days beforehand or you’ll remember why it hurts to rub salt in a wound. You check in and wait downstairs, then are escorted out and around the building to climb the stairs to the second floor. The blue walls and skyline view are calming but not at all slick; after all, this is earthy Takoma Park. If you leave a message asking for an appointment, you may not hear back for hours.
Bottom line: I left feeling as if I were walking on clouds—even after trudging around again to pay. We also hear that massages by Fanny are terrific.
The Still Point, 7009 Carroll Ave., lower level, Takoma Park; 301-920-0801; stillpointmindandbody.com.