​Blog Collective

Get to know us better as we share personal tips, recommendations and spa insights.

A bit more about us

January 23,  2018

We are a group of four spa professionals, two aestheticians, Layne Lasseter and Jennifer Bridges and two massage therapists, Elizabeth Sheppard and Suzy Holcombe. We each operate separate businesses as a collective. This means that each of us set our own hours and schedules and have separate payment and booking procedures. In other words, we’re all our own lady bosses! Though our businesses are separate, we share our lovely space and all its amenities as well as ideas, thoughts and goals. Each of us thrive and grow professionally in this supportive environment with three other like-minded individuals to bounce ideas off of.

After working together for several years at another local Athens spa, we decided to branch out on our own so that we could provide our clients with the quality care and attention they each deserve. At spa collective, you won’t be rushed out the door and you’re not just “another body”. Because we are a smaller spa, clients enjoy a more personalized experience. We are attentive to each of our clients, taking our time to to listen to all of your concerns and requests, tailoring your massage and skincare to meet your particular needs. Building a trusting client/ therapist relationship is key.

Currently, We do not operate with a front desk receptionist, as we cover all of our scheduling and checkout individually. Please bear with us if you have called our main line and are waiting for a response, we are mostly likely in other services or out of the office.

The best way to reach us is:

•Following the links to our booking sites

•Via email (posted under our bios)

•Texting or calling our personal phones

At Spa Collective, our clients are so important to us. We strive to provide you with the best service possible, every time. Please let us know if you are having any trouble contacting us or booking appointments. We are always here to help.

Keep Illness away with Massage Therapy 

January 25, 2018

​Ways to Avoid the Common Cold and Flu

•Frequent hand washing

•Get a Flu Vaccine

•Stay very far away from anyone who kinda seems like they might maybe possibly be a little sick.

•Regular exercise


Wait- what??? Get a massage?? YES! It’s true! you can finally add something enjoyable to that list of ways to prevent illness.

"Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions," said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). "Those same benefits translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses."

Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body's white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.(i) A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.

Come get a massage with Suzy or Elizabeth and keep the flu far away! We’ll help you out with that sore arm after your Flu shot too.

*If you are currently sick, or feel you are getting sick, sorry- it's too late! Massage is not a good idea in these circumstances.

The four of us have some tips and remedies of our own to keep you cold free:

Layne says- Your skin is the largest organ in the body and primarily an organ of protection. Staying hydrated and maintaining your skins barrier function is your best protection from disease. So, that means moisturize! Also, wear makeup- being glam can keep you from touching your face throughout the day and transferring germs.  

Suzy recommends- ACF extra strength, dietary supplement. Take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day with food at the onset of a cold. It’s tastes horrible, but it works! You can find some at Earth Fare.

Jennifer says- Get plenty of sleep and swab your nose with the antibiotic ointment Polysporin. It will put a barrier in between you and the funk.

Elizabeth recommends- An Emergen-C smoothie, on a daily basis or when you start to feel sick. Orange juice, frozen fruit of your choice, and a packet of Emergen-C in the blender. It’s great for daily energy and that boost of C and B vitamins. Also, fresh air and sunshine!

i. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3107905

The ABC's of CBD

February 5th, 2018

Why we're loving it:

Because it works! CBD oil melts away pain and it's effects last noticeably longer than typical muscle rubs and salves without having to reapply. Unlike other topical analgesics, CBD's effectiveness doesn't rely on strong smelling, icy menthol or tingly camphor to mask pain. We have been using it on ourselves to soothe headaches, neck, and shoulder pain with great results. Also, its all natural!

See our treatment menu HERE and book with

Suzy or Elizabeth.

What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. It is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not produce the psychoactive effect commonly associated with cannabis. Scientific and medical studies have been conducted that suggest that CBD offers relief from pain, inflammation and anxiety by acting on the body’s Endocannabinoid System.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body and are part of the Endocannabinoid System. There are three types of cannabinoids: endocannibinoids (cannibinoids that occur naturally in the body), phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant and some other plants) and synthetic cannabinoids (cannabinoids made in laboratories).

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. There are two types of receptors CB1, found mainly in the brain, and CB2 found mostly in white blood cells. The Endocannabinoid System is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including pain sensation, inflammation, anxiety, memory and appetite, among others.

How does CBD Oil Work?

The oil is absorbed through the skin and binds with CB2 receptors located near the skin throughout the body, activating the Endocannabinoid System. Once the CBD binds to the receptors, a series of chemical reactions occur that result in reduced inflammation, pain reduction and reduced anxiety.


Why should I get a CBD oil massage?

CBD oil adds a noticeable boost to typical massage results. It allows the client to experience deeper relaxation and the pain and inflammation reduction caused by the CBD oil allows the therapist to work more effectively . The client's body is more receptive to therapeutic touch and the muscle tissue is better able to release tension and knots.      

It only makes sense that cannabis, known for its relaxation and restorative properties, would naturally go hand-in-hand with the practice of massage. In fact, the scientific basis for cannabis’ pain relieving properties make it a perfect complement to massage! 


*Our CBD oil contains ZERO THC. It is legal in all 50 sates, is safe, and nope, it won’t get you high!