Sometimes a highfalutin’ spa with champagne-spouting faucets, diamond-laced beauty potions, and couture robes is just what the doctor ordered.

But not usually. Where your basic well-being is concerned, a solid, unfussy rubdown is just as good as an overhyped $800 treatment.

For one of the best (and totally affordable) massages ever, head over the bridge to Mill Valley Massage.

Whatever your pleasure — Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, or hot stone — the wondrous hands of the center’s many qualified massage therapists will transport you to an otherworldly place. Open seven days a week, the low-key environs and reasonably priced treatments (from $49/hour) make this massage-only nirvana an indulgence you can make part of your regular routine.

You may not leave in a cloud of geranium-scented pearl dust.

But with that nasty crick in your neck gone, we doubt you’ll be complaining.

Mill Valley Massage, 61 Camino Alto, at Miller Avenue, suite 102, Mill Valley (415-381-1855 or millvalleymassage.com).