Julie Miller-Wilson opened Body Kneads, Etc. with her daughter, Heather Hull, and another friend in April 2010. In just six short years the business has grown into a full-service day spa.
"Spa services are not just for pampering... I fully believe it's important to take care of ourselves first so that we are better able to take care of others," she said.
Miller-Wilson originally hails from Northern California. After living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 16 years, she made the decision to relocate to Wilson County - which is where she has been for the last seven years.
Miller-Wilson and Hull opened Body Kneads, Etc. after completing their education in neuromuscular massage therapy at Southeastern Institute. "We originally were planning on opening a facility targeted in massage therapy and fell into the 'spa business' after another full service day spa in town closed, leaving several people out of a job and many clients holding worthless gift certificates," she explained. "Trying to do the right thing, we honored the gift certificates from the spa that closed and Body Kneads, Etc. started to grow. We outgrew our space in just over a year."
Body Kneads, Etc. is currently located at 320 West Main Street in Lebanon.
Body Kneads, Etc. recently expanded into a medical spa facility. "We specialize in advance therapies utilizing state of the art equipment that address most people's muscular and skin care issues through non-invasive services and techniques," she added.
Miller-Wilson is married to Glenn Wilson. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren.
An avid animal lover, most of Miller-Wilson's free time is spent with her horse, Dixie, and rescue Greyhound, Chicago. She is also passionate about giving back to the community. "We are blessed to be able to give back a percentage of our income to various organizations in Wilson County," she said.
Miller-Wilson didn't name just one woman she admires. Instead, she said there are a number of women from her past that have inspired her to be her personal best.
"They have taught me to look inside myself for motivation and inspiration. They taught me to never stop growing and learning and being grateful for what I have and who I am," she said. "I have great admiration for women who have come from behind and developed themselves into greatness."
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.