Amber Sam knows what it takes to do a complete 180. Once an overweight banker with little energy, she decided to change her life by employing healthful habits and stress-busting therapies, an effort that resulted in an 80-pound weight loss and heightened control of her diabetes. Seeing what these treatments could do for her, she left her job and opened Renew Wellness Spa, where she and her staff of licensed massage therapists inspire clients to make more healthful choices and encourage disease prevention.
In a private room enveloped in the soothing aromas of essential oils, herbs, and flower essences, a massage therapist employs long, languid strokes to relieve stress and improve circulation. In a different location, an ionic footbath works to detoxify bodies and keep little piggies from gorging on roast beef. Elsewhere, colon hydrotherapy aims to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Staffers also prepare custom plans for those in their Wellness Works membership program, which includes amenities such as a quarterly consultation and discounts on most treatments.
Gould's Academy was voted the city's best day spa and best hair salon in 2013 by the Memphis Flyer, and Commercial Appeal. Aestheticians re-earn these commendations with ever facial and body treatment they perform, using proven products such as Murad.
Licensed massage therapist Rochelle Richardson unravels knots of tension from bodies and polishes skin to a radiant sheen at Utopia. Five long, flowing strokes harmonize to create symphonic Swedish massages, whose manual movements re-tune muscle fibers and enhance circulation of vital fluids by streamlining circulatory system bureaucracies. Healing palms glide gently over swollen, tender tissues and knead deep internal pretzels, whereas fingers rhythmically tap, vibrate, and rout out stubborn stiffness with increased local friction. Bodies limp with relaxation leap from the massage table with the ease of an acrobat and may notice that taut joints have loosened up and developed a sense of humor once relieved of physical stressors.
Germantown Day Spa blends salon, spa, and medical services to beautify clients with traditional and advanced treatments. In the salon, Michael Karg, who cut his chops cutting hair for runway models and celebrities, treats clients to hair services, while other technicians provide nailcare, waxing, and professional makeup. In the tranquil spa, deft hands melt away tension with massages, and facials and body wraps induce relaxation while boosting the beauty of each recipient. The medical-aesthetics team also skillfully serves clients with treatments that range from wrinkle-correcting injectables and fat-reducing Liposonix sessions to laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and spider-vein removal.
The signs are there––a strained back, sore shoulders, or difficulty sleeping––but many people don’t know the source of their chronic pain. That's why at the start of each session, licensed massage therapist Barron Queen consults with clients to ascertain the source of deeply rooted tension. Then, while relaxing in a cozy private room, Barron can offer relief from pain with flowing Swedish strokes or access lower-layer muscles with deep-tissue pressure. Barron also offers a specialty sports massage to improve range of motion in athletes and in the actors who play them on TV.
Ashley Williams wants to contribute to the overall well being of her clients, and she does so at Unique Massages, one muscle at a time. The licensed massage therapist studied at Concorde College, earned her license, and practices at Unique where she offers massages that are tailored to each client's needs. Her services include Swedish massage to help clients overcome stress, hot-stone and geriatric massage to soothe pain and tension, and prenatal massage to give expecting mothers a break from supporting the weight of the giant baby-naming book.