Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa Opens Inside the Embassy Suites

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Ami Patel, owner of Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa inside the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street (enter through Union Avenue entrance), searched with her husband, Alpesh Patel, owner of the new downtown Embassy Suites, for businesses that were local or very different from currently available downtown options. On a trip to Asheville, the couple became excited by a unique business they felt might be a very good fit for one of the storefronts surrounding the new hotel.

Situated in the Grove Arcade in Asheville, Wake Foot Sanctuary felt like the perfect fit, and Ami agreed to open the second location of the business as a franchise. She’s excited to introduce downtown Knoxville to the concept and thinks it makes a great addition of fun, unique experiences available to visitors to the center city.

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Ami Patel and Hannah Gillett, Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Ami, originally from Meridian, Mississippi, attended Emory University in Atlanta where she received her BA in psychology. She also became certified as a dental hygienist and practiced for ten years in Texas. She met Alpesh through mutual friends and agreed to move to Knoxville when they married in 2007.

Initially Ami worked in a pediatric dental practice, and Alpesh traveled as he built the Kana Hotel Group’s portfolio of properties. She later left her work to travel with him, and the couple decided to start their family. They now have four children seven years old and under.

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

When the couple discovered Wake in Asheville two years ago, they both loved the concept. Ami said that as they traveled in recent years, she always sought out spas and, rather than asking for her favorite treatments, she always asked for their signature services. She’d never experienced anything quite like this.

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

The primary service involves forty-five minutes of a soaking treatment for your feet inside hand-hammered, self-sanitizing copper bowls. Guests are welcomed into a softly lit, attractive communal space with semi-private areas for couples or small groups. Ami says the coarse texture of the hand-hammered copper feels good to your feet as you enjoy the warmth of the water, which is replaced with newly-warmed water half way through the treatment. She feels forty-five minutes is a perfect length of time to fit into a fun, downtown outing.

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

Guests are attended to by certified massage therapists who also offer hand and lower-arm massage, head/neck and shoulder massage, and foot and lower-leg massage. Guests may select a massage to accompany their soak, if they like, and choose between eleven different soaks that include bath salts and a variety of essential oils.

To completely top off the experience, while soaking and enjoying soft music and lighting, plus, perhaps, a massage, beverages are offered for purchase, including a special tea service (offering six different teas), sparkling still water, wine, or champagne.

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, 507 South Gay Street, Knoxville, November 2019

While the business is service and experience oriented, there is also a line of Wake-branded products offered for sale. The all-natural products are made in North Carolina for the company and include bath salts and shea butter soap and body wash. Additionally, a small line of exclusive accessories such as necklaces and neck wraps are also available. Gift cards are available online and may be used for products or services.

Connect with them on their webpage, Facebook page and Instagram. Spa hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Comments

  1. Part of your comment is somewhat misleading. “Federal” implies the federal government, and there is no license or examination for massage therapy administered by the federal government. There are, however, exams and licenses issued by various state boards and non-profit organizations, one of which calls itself the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

    • Kristin Toussaint says

      Thanks for the correction and yes, all states included are under the Federation, except the very few that do not require the MBLEx. TN is included in the Federation; licensure is required. Great for Wake Foot and Spa, all the establishments, and the recipients of great bodywork from professionals!

  2. This might be the most exciting new business model I’ve seen! Foot and hand massage while enjoying a glass of wine!? Count me in 🙂 . Welcome to the neighborhood.

  3. Kristin Toussaint says

    What a great concept and addition to downtown!
    Just an FYI, though, Massage Therapy is a profession that requires licensure, achieved only after passing a rigorous federal examination following many hundreds of hours of mandatory curriculum study and clinical practicum work. Education requirements vary by state for licensure procurement; TN is among a handful of states with the strictest, highest level of academic requirements.
    Licensed Massage Therapists are required to continue their education, just as their fellow health care professionals are, and may acquire various “certifications” a long the way.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      I suspect the discrepancy is due to my ignorant use of an incorrect word, not the training attained by the people involved.

      • Kristin Toussaint says

        Hey Urban Guy, no worries on the discrepancy! Likely, there exists widespread misunderstanding because massage therapy is currently not covered by health insurance, even though the vast array of healing modalities within the realm of the profession are highly regulated under state and federal law. I appreciate the opportunity to make the correction and look forward to experiencing the services at Wake, provided by licensed and caring fellow therapists. Thanks for the article!

    • Fascinating! Make my soak Champagne 😎

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