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.
Schonheits Salon & Spa’s talented cosmetologists transform men and women of humble countenances into glowing counts and countesses with a number of facial services. The one-hour European facial melds the time-honored techniques of Old-World aesthetics with modern-day technological upgrades. After an expert analysis of a client's skin’s traits—including its texture, tone, and number of USB ports—Schonheits' façade-furbishers will customize the gentle storm of lotions and exfoliants to the client's needs. As ramshackle skull-hulls get rejuvenated, stiff shoulders and necks melt beneath a stress-relieving rubdown, and arm endings undergo an extended massage followed by a few minutes inside a pair of hot mitts.