My First Spa Day Experience (Ever!) at Spa Sydell

I've never spent the day at the spa. Ever. The only time I ever went to the spa was to get a mani/pedi, or a massage back when I was in high school playing competitive tennis. I never though about treating myself to a spa day because I always preferred


therapy (which just so happens to be


therapeutic). So you could just imagine how delighted I was when Ruben gifted me with a day at the spa for my birthday this year! This was the second time he deviated from my "Wish List", (yes, I have a wish list, but it's only to make his life a little easier when buying me presents), but I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

My day at the spa was to be spent at

Spa Sydell

, which is supposed to be one of the top 5 spas in Atlanta, according to

Haute Living

. As excited as I was to be spending the day at one of the best spas in the city, I couldn't help but notice the 2.5 out of 5 star rating and slew of terrible reviews on Yelp. When I got there, I told myself that I would have fun and relax, but that I'd also be cautious in case something fishy turned up.

I loved the fact that when I checked in, the receptionist looked at me, smiled, and said, "Ahhh, you're getting the royal treatment today!"

Damn right I am!

(I didn't say that though.) I simply smiled and let them take me around what seemed like a labyrinth to the locker area, equipped with lockers, showers, towels, robes, slippers, and everything that I could possibly need to get myself into relaxation mode.

Ready to get my relaxation on!

After I got all robed up, I hung out in the Relaxation Room while I waited for my masseuse to come get me. The room was a little small, but it was quiet and dark, and a lent a touch of privacy for the patrons there.

It turned out half of my body detoxifying treatment was for the massage. (That's just a nice way of putting it.) According to my masseuse, my body is


of toxins and it was her job to drain my body of them. So what started out as a 30 minute massage turned into a 2 hour massage! How excited, I mean relaxed, was I? Not relaxed enough, apparently. My masseuse spent the first hour trying to relax me--every time she started to massage me, it would tickle, and I would tense up and start giggling like crazy! Now, please keep in mind that I am


sensitive to the touch and I get tickled very easily--if I see that you're reaching out to tickle me, I immediately start feeling tickled--you don't even have to be touching me! That's how bad it is! I was so embarrassed! Bless her heart though, she told me to do a little breathing exercise that seemed to help me relax. I eventually got the hang of it, and before you know it, I was on cloud nine.

I think she may have done too good of a job--I was so relaxed that when I tried to get up at the end I got really lightheaded. Is that normal, or was it just me? Eventually, I regained composure, (reluctantly) got off the massage table, and was lead to the steam room for a bit. I loved the feeling of the warm steam all around me, but the steam room was so small that I started to feel a little claustrophobic and may have panicked a little when I started to think about being trapped in a steam room. I didn't stay in there for long.

The other half of the body detoxifying treatment was for the body scrub and mud wrap. Clearly, there were even more toxins that needed to be removed. So there I was, lying on the bed, getting scrubbed down by a woman in (what sounded like) a thick Russian accent. The body scrub was followed by a shower and a mud wrap, followed by another shower and a lotion down.

Here's a little closeup of the mud right before I hopped into the shower to rinse it off:

When everything was over, my skin was baby soft, and I felt purer than a virgin on her wedding day. I was toxin free baby!

My spa day wasn't over yet though, I still had to have lunch...and I was famished! Who knew a day of pampering would be so exhausting? My lunch was waiting for me in one of the private rooms. While delicious and extremely healthy, I don't know if it was worth Ruben paying the extra $20. Maybe if there was a little more (flavorful) meat and a little less lettuce the price might have been justified.

All in all, I truly enjoyed my day at Spa Sydell and believe it was worth every penny. Although it started off a little rocky, (with the whole tickling dilemma), I think my spa day experiences will only improve the more often I go. With that said, spa days are definitely something I will start adding to my Wish List!

Have you spent the day at Spa Sydell or at any other spa? What was it like?