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About Poplar Creek Spa

We specialize in customizing your spa experience with our wide array of services designed to relax and rejuvenate you in a body-positive environment. All of the products used in our spa services are handcrafted in-house, using all-natural and organic ingredients. Most are prepared just for you the day of your appointment, making them easily customized to meet your individual needs and preferences.

Most of our team of massage therapists has at least four years of experience in a variety of settings in both the United States and Europe: day spas, salons, chiropractor clinics, medical retreats, and health centers. Likewise our aestheticians have worked in day spas and speed-waxing clinics. Our acupuncturist comes highly trained from the Seattle Institute of Chinese Medicine.

We view a spa as a reset button. Indulgent? Not really. Self-care is a constructive stress management technique; an integral part of living a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and an essential element in being able to care for others in your charge. As the old saying goes, "You cannot pour from an empty vessel." We aim to invite calm into the lives of each of our guests so that they may be better able to extend peace and kindness to those around them. Whether you choose a massage, facial, acupuncture, or other spa service, we know you’ll leave the spa feeling better prepared to face the rest of your day.

Though we now operate out of a strip mall on busy Main Street in Ooltewah, our first location was surrounded by poplar trees with a creek running through the property. Our name pays homage to that humble beginning, as well as to our reverence for nature. We strive to conduct business in such a way as to minimize our ecological footprint.

Education: LifeStream Massage School in Napa, California in 1997; Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN in 2003
Credentials: Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist, BS in Corporate/Community Wellness Management with minors in Psychology and Business - Entrepreneurial Management, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Specialties: Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal massage, applied aromatherapy, and cupping

During her final years of college, Emily became enthralled with the idea of owning her own business and felt especially inspired by the goal of creating a positive, supportive, and fulfilling environment for her employees. Despite all the hard work involved in small business ownership, Emily has always felt most fulfilled herself when self-employed. While she still sees a couple of longterm massage clients (one since 2002!), Emily's focus has shifted over the years from honing her massage skills to honing her business and management skills. She still gives a great relaxation massage with a dash of deep tissue work, though!


10am - 6pm
Monday - Friday
10am - 7pm

Friday evening hours are shortened during the winter.

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