THE SPA'AH of Conway won top spa honors in Women's, Inc.'s annual readers' poll. The spa, located at 810 Amity Road, is owned by Michelle Christen, a Conway native of 46 years.Michelle and her spouse, Todd, have two grown children, Rhiannon and Kendall Beard, and one grandchild. Their family also includes their dog, Kyra and "the king of the Christen jungle," cat, Mufasa. Michelle's path to working in massage therapy was indirect, as she previously enjoyed a long, successful career in construction. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a BBA in marketing, Michelle says, "I decided to follow my heart and journey down a new path." She always had an interest in massage and wellness and began considering it as a career. She adds, "More so, watching the decline in health, mobility, and overall quality of life of so many in society who deal with stress-related illness, I knew I wanted to give back to others, and massage seemed like a peaceful way to [do so]." Michelle's personal mantra is "keeping bodies in motion through kinetic wellness and relaxation therapies.""With the encouragement of my closest friend, who is also a therapist, and my husband, I began to pursue my education in massage therapy in late 2013â¦.Graduating and earning my Arkansas license as a massage therapist in August of 2014, I developed a business plan, and set out on the road to building and opening THE SPA'AH," says Michelle. Her first location opened in December 2014. Her clients say she assists with relaxation goals, and she considers her work therapeutic, incorporating techniques needed to address chronic concerns."I am a pathology 'junkie' and spend a great deal of my leisure time studying the many facets of diseases and the effects that can occur in the body. I do enjoy practicing thai (lazy yoga/stretch), Lomi, and the use of therapeutic oils. I am versatile in that I am able to perform almost every service that we offer. During and after school, I have been privileged to work with many types of clients of varying limitations, be it soreness to quadriplegia, and those suffering with anxiety related issues and disorders," she adds.THE SPA'AH's services include a great number of modalities of therapeutic massage and spa treatments. For a comprehensive list of offerings, or to book a service, visit their website at "Some of our more popular massage services are deep tissue, prenatal, couples, and hot stone. Additionally, we offer specialty massages such as Thai, Lomi Lomi, hot bamboo, craniosacral, and hydrotherapies. All our tables are heated, should the client prefer, and our pamper packages are reasonably priced, making great gifts. We are adaptable and can build custom spa experiences including facials, mineral baths, paraffin, and body scrubs/wraps," says Michelle.The spa has six therapists, and each is proficient in massage techniques. THE SPA'AH's therapists maintain individual continuing education, and offer 45 years of combined experience. "In August 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to buy my best friend's spa, Bodyworks, which originally opened in 2004." This addition and subsequent move allowed for additional therapy rooms, two whirlpools for mineral baths, a chair massage room, and a rain shower for body scrubs and wraps.When asked about successes, Michelle states, "Personally, I have had great success with clients suffering from postural imbalances, cervicogenic headaches, and migraine relief. One particular client in their mid-twenties came to me after having suffered these types of headaches since age nine. With a planned treatment protocol, we were successful in hindering what had turned into daily headaches. Now we see this client only on an as-needed basis, which is typically before onset and generally months in between. I have also had measured successful outcomes with ongoing maintenance for a client who I see weekly to assist with some rather debilitating imbalances of the lower back and limbs."Of THE SPA'AH's "Best Of" award, Michelle says, "I was grateful and humbled! It has been such a short span of time since opening my business, so to be recognized at this level is a privilege for which I am truly honored. I've enjoyed the journey and want to stay focused on ways to help the community of my roots. I appreciate all those who thought of the THE SPA'AH in their voting."