The Bottom Line
- Comfortable, unique atmosphere
- Personable staff
- Signage could be clearer
- Could use foot soak as first step to foot treatment
- Salon and spa services
- Men's services offered
- Standard offerings of facials, wraps and massages, which range in price from $40 to $170
- Several types of treatment rooms, including rooms designed for couples
- Lower-priced massage alternatives, including scalp, foot and seated massages
- Large selection of products, ranging from relaxation CDs to herbal headache sticks
Guide Review - Spa Review: Salon Maison Rouge Mt. Clemens
Salon Maison Rouge is located in the historic Miller Brothers Creamery building, which, according to spa staff, dates back to 1912. The building was eventually bought by Black Forest Building Co., renovated and decorated with wood sculptures and glass etchings by Black Forest’s A.J. Bellomo. The result is an atmosphere not easily achieved in most spas; Bellomo’s love for the building shows and his sculptures that pepper the spa’s common areas and treatment rooms hit the perfect, almost mythical note.
A massage, by nature, is an intimate experience. While technique and pampered luxury have their place, the personality of the masseuse is arguably the most important variable toward achieving comfort and relaxation. Colin, the customer service associate and masseuse, struck the right note of being personable without being intrusive. He was ready and able to contribute to conversation, but respectful, too, that the point was about the foot massage. Unlike other spas that have an affected air, the spa at Maison Rouge is relaxing, laid back and friendly.
After my friend and I peeled off our socks, Colin got to work. He ended up alternating between us for each step of the treatment. I wished, however, that the first step was some type of bubbling foot soak, because the only uncomfortable part of the massage was handing over my sweaty feet to Colin’s care and pampering. The first step was a five-minute foot massage, followed by an aromatherapy paste. Our feet were then wrapped in warm, moist towels. After the tingling wrap, Colin gave us each a 10-to-15 minute foot massage. Colin fit right in with our forty-something girl talk during the hour plus of pampering, but bowed out unless he was specifically included or when we quieted down to bask in the bliss of the massage. The foot treatment was reasonable at $35.