Don't Wait to Exhale: Spas in Memphis Are Ready to Pamper

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By Sally Walker Davies, Memphis Local Expert

Full-service spas in Memphis may be some of the busiest spas in the South, thanks to dedicated local clients who consider wellness – as well as great-looking nails and glowing skin – a priority.

Memphis is full of spas that focus on the client experience, creating a warm, relaxing atmosphere in which to let go of stress and everyday concerns, and indulge the body and the senses.  While full-service spas – those that offer full hair services, nail services, skincare and body treatments – are the norm, a number of medi-spas, or combination full-service and medi-spa spas, have opened in recent years. Medi-spas offer non-invasive medical spa treatments such as body contouring, laser skin tightening, vein therapy, and more. Eden Spa and Laser Center and Mona Esthetiques are two of the top medi-spas in Memphis. The long-time king of full-service spas in town is the family-run Gould’s Day Spa & Salons, with 11 locations around the city and suburbs, all with a different vibe but consistently excellent service. As with all salons, advance planning is critical for scoring the treatment you want while you’re in town.

From our list of the top 10 spas in Memphis, you are sure to find one which deliver the indulgence you’re seeking while visiting the Bluff City.

10. Sona Med Spa
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Sona is part of a small national chain of medical spas, and its emphasis is on medically-supervised treatments for the skin. Translated, that means Sona technicians perform laser skin resurfacing and hair removal, Botox and dermal fillers, and medical-grade microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Sona also offers a number of cosmetic procedures that use laser or other advanced technology. These services include tattoo removal, spider vein therapy,and treatments for broken capillaries and sun damage. They also offer body conturing packages with the Accent XL, an FDA-approved device that uses dual layer thermatherapy (radio frequency) technology. All of Sona's procedures are non-surgical.

9. Serenity Day Spa
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Serenity Day Spa opened in 2001 and offers a full day spa experience on the city's eastern side in a big yellow house. There's 6,0000 square feet os spa space, including 17 treatment rooms. Serenity's offerings include deep tissue and Swedish massage, skin care including facials, peels and masks,including facials geared toward teen clients. Among the long list of body treatments, the spa offers a unique wet table for treatments with a steam and vichy shower, and they offer full mud and seaweed body masks as well. Serenity also offers full nail services, lash application and tinting, and make-up services including make-up lessons.

8. Harbor Town Day Spa
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Harbor Town Day Spa and Wellness Center is located in the charming commercial district in Harbor Town, the little island oasis just north of the downtown business district.Harbor Town Day Spa offers a full array of spa services, from massage therapy and body wraps to waxing, manicures and pedicures, and facials. Services can be performed at the spa, or you can choose to have them in the privacy of your home or hotel room - a great option for travelers who don't have time to leave their hotel to indulge in a spa treatment. The spa offers products from Cuccio, Biofreeze, Dermalogica and others.

7. Gould's Academy
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With 11 salons / day spas scattered across the city, it only makes sense that the local company which employs 450-ish hair, makeup, nail, skin care and body treatment experts would open a school to train others in the business. The beauty of Gould's Academy (get it??) is that all those trainees need practice, so you can arrange for anything from a haircut to an up-do to a blow-out to nail services...the list seems endless. Pricing starts at $5 for a beard trim and haircuts start at $12, while nail services start at $12 and facials at $40. Across the hall from the main Academy is the Express Massage, our favorite spot of all.

6. Germantown Day Spa Salon & Medical Aesthetics
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Germantown Day Spa opened in 2001, and although it's located in the popular Memphis suburb, plenty of Memphis residents make the trek east for the pampering services GDS offers. The spa takes up a huge section of a storefront in an upscale shopping center, and is bigger than it appears from the entrance. There's a full-service hair salon at Germantown Day Spa, plus relaxing pedicure chairs, full nail services, facials and skincare services including wrinkle correction and skin rejuvenation, with treatments from Botox,Juvaderm, Titan and more. Germantown even offers Liposonix fat reduction. The spa offers a warm, cozy atmosphere with muted colors.

5. Gould's Salon & Day Spa - Collierville
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1932, Sam Gould opened a small hair salon on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis, and today that single salon has morphed into 11 locations across the Mid-South, including the Houston Levee location. This Collierville spa and salon is in a large shopping center, but promises the same old-school Gould's service as the original location in the city of Memphis, with a range of body treatments, massages, and skincare services including facials, as well as complete hair and color services. They also offer nail treatments. Gould's also offers a number of different hair and skincare product lines and professional equipment, too.

4. Mona Esthetics
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The Mona in Mona Esthetics is Mona Sappenfield, who has over 30 years of experience and is certified by Comite International D'Esthetique Et Cosmetologie, as is her boutique. So that means patrons are treated to services by folks who have been certified by one of the toughest spa industry programs. The estheticians at Mona provide a variety of body treatments, skin rejuvenation, laser, and medical injection therapies including ULTHERAPY Uplift, microdermabrasion, waxing, COOLGLIDE laser hair removal, SmoothShapes for cellulite reduction, and more. Mona offers a pop-in express boutique for a quick fix on the go, including brows, make-up applications and hand treatments.

3. Eden Spa & Laser
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A full-service medical spa, Eden's staff is a mix of of licensed medial professionals and estheticians who offer all the latest in advanced skin and body treatments. In late 2014, Eden moved into new digs just down the street from its previous location, into a larger space. Whether you need a little injection like Botox or a skin-tightening laser procedure - yes, please! - the staff at Eden can accommodate you. The spa also offers cellulite reduction and laser hair removal, massages, facials, spray tanning and make-up applications. They carry upscale skincare lines and products, including Obaji, SkinCeuticals, Latisse, and GloTheraputics.

2. Gould's Day Spa & Salon - Poplar Plaza
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1932, Sam Gould opened a small hair salon on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis, and today that single salon has morphed into 11 locations across the Mid-South. The original Gould's was here at Poplar Plaza, where East Memphis meets Midtown. That small shop was moved within the same shopping center and expanded, and is now the salon empire's signature store, with contemporary furnishings and a full-service spa and hair salon. Gould's offers a range of body treatments, massages, facials as well as complete hair and color services and nail treatments - this is our go-to nail bar in the city. Gould's offers a number of different hair and skincare product lines and professional equipment, too.

1. Living Health Day Spa
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Located in East Memphis, Living Health offers a full menu of skin and boy care packages, including perhaps the largest menu of body-loving treatments we've seen at any spa. For facials and skin care, Living Health uses Repéchage Facial treatments and an Italian hand and foot treatment product called Cuccio which includes seaweed imported from Brittany. Living Health partners with the Tennessee School of Massage, so massage therapists have at least 750 hours of training under their belts in addition to their hands-on experience. Living Health also offers hypnotherapy sessions ($140), a full menu of waxing services, and brow threading.