Q & A with Amanda Anderson, director of wellness at The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN)

Amanda AndersonMeet director of wellness Amanda Anderson, who has been a part of the spa industry since 1997.

How many years have you been involved in the spa and hospitality industry?

 I have been in the industry since 1997, right out of school.

What has surprised you most about the spaworld?

The dedication spa professionals have to healing, health, and the world we live in.

Where do you think the industry is heading?

The health and wellness segment in tourism is strong, and will continue getting stronger. The demand for working with conscious and effective products and brands will continue to be important. I do wonder when and to what extent the insurance and medical fields will intermingle in spa and wellness facilities.

What is the strangest client request you’ve fielded?

I can’t say.

What is the most bizarre treatment you’ve experienced?

This might not sound too weird to some, but the Hydrafacial treatment was pretty bizarreeffective but bizarre.

What new spa treatment would you like to try?

I love trying regional modalities so some type of massage signature to a region or country that I haven’t tried yet would be my pick.

What’s your go-to spa treatment?

Deep tissue or aromatherapy massage.

If you could work in any other profession in the world, what would it be?

I would be a holistic health counselor focusing on nutrition, massage, and yoga.