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.
Shots & More is a wellness center that welcomes patients seeking simple clinical treatments and tests. Within a white-shuttered office flanked by pink blossoms, the medically supervised staff administers immunizations, weight-loss boosters, and lab tests and screens. Walk-ins are welcome, though people walking in on their hands are asked to wear gloves. Although not valid with this offer, Shots & More also travels off-site to places of business, provided there are at least 10 people receiving the service.
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.
As a medical aesthetician, Tracy Hendry applies her knowledge of beauty and wellness to almost all of the body's major systems. When dealing with spider veins—offshoots of the circulatory system—the registered nurse and her staff erase unsightly vascular branches from legs during sclerotherapy sessions. Her weight-loss and nutrition programs help digestive systems correct course and strive to increase energy and boost metabolism with B12. Fitness regimens, meanwhile, draw from Tracy's beach-body coaching to address imbalances in the muscular system.
Still, some of Tracy's most popular services are only skin-deep. As clinical director of UnPuckerd Med-Aesthetics, she oversees beautifying procedures ranging from Obagi and Vi peels to applications of jane iredale mineral cosmetics. Her Botox and Juvéderm injections kick wrinkles to the curb, disguising their ages more effectively than enrolling birthday cakes in the witness-protection program.
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.
At Massage By Dianna, massage therapist Dianna descends on stressed, tight, tense muscles in the form of Swedish and therapeutic massages. She keeps strokes gliding smoothly with Lotus Touch Multi-Purpose Massage Cream. During the massage, the Lotus Touch metamorphoses from a thick cream into a soothing oil, affording frictionless strokes before finally finishing as a hydrating lotion. Dianna also relies on pure grape-seed oil for clients allergic to any of Lotus Touch’s natural ingredients.