Written by: April Espinoza
Hulsey Wellness Center is now offering therapeutic massage and aesthetics services from Poplar Creek Spa. According to Southern Adventist University’s web page, licensed staff members from the spa are at the center to assist members and non-members.
In an interview with the Accent, Darin Bissell, the facilities manager of Hulsey, said the center previously offered massage services; but when COVID-19 hit, the services shut down. Now that massages have returned, Bissel believes many people will take advantage of the opportunity. “A lot of people get benefits from a massage, relaxing muscle fatigue, stuff like that,” Bissell said. “I think it’s a great service to provide here for the students, staff and even the community.”
Massage therapy is not the only service offered by Poplar Creek Spa. It also offers lash, brow and other types of waxing. According to Emily Simmons, the spa owner, students receive a 10 percent discount with a valid current Southern ID. Customers can get a 30-minute massage for $49.00, while Southern students would only have to pay $44.10.
This is Poplar Creek Spa’s first year offering its services at Hulsey.
“Darin Bissell reached out to me and asked if I wanted to submit a proposal to rent the rooms here,” Simmons said. “And looking at how it would help Poplar Creek Spa reach our goal of serving more of the community, more of the clientele, it made sense to do that.”
Simmons graduated from Southern in 2003 with a degree in wellness.
“It is pretty nostalgic to be able to come back,” she said.
For more information about services, visit https://www.southern.edu/administration/wellness/features/massage.html.