Great Pedicure

Treatment we had: Island Pedicure, $30.

What we loved: Stepping into Sesen—an Eastern-inspired spa with Zen-like decor—I knew I’d booked the right treatment: Pedicure chairs and manicure stations line the front of the salon—a sign that the spa emphasizes its nail services. I was directed to a comfortable massaging chair where I rested my feet in warm bubbling water. My nail technician did a great job of removing calluses and shaping my nails. But it was the massage that sold me—a truly thorough foot-and-calf massage with tropical-scented lotion. When I mentioned that I often have foot pain, the therapist began kneading muscles in my calf, where, she said, the nerve endings hitting my feet began. Three days later, I was still pain-free and prettily polished.

What you should know: Sesen and its owner, Lisa Tep, have been featured on the Today show for the spa’s hygienic pedicures. A pipeless drain system ensures that no dirt or bacteria is left in the foot bowls, and equipment is sanitized in a medical-grade sterilizer.

Bottom line: An Asian-inspired spa with a dedication to cleanliness. Therapists are pleasant, and the service is professional.

Sesen Spa, 111 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-281-0822;

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