Chosen as the Gold winner for best spa and aesthetics studio in the Calgary Herald Readers' Choice Awards, Oasis Wellness Centre & Spa stretches across 15,000 square feet equipped with more than 30 treatment rooms staffed by experts in skincare, massage, and aesthetics. With a belief that spa treatments are not just a luxury but a necessity to overall well-being, the team welcomes guests to their ancient Egyptian-themed resort to slip into a snuggly robe and slippers while aestheticians soothe and treat skin conditions with their own skincare line, Teye Treatment. Amid a pyramid motif and pillars etched with hieroglyphics, mani-pedi pros perform hydrating paraffin pedicures and manicures, and the steam room envelopes patrons in a rejuvenating eucalyptus inhalation steam and the sauna works to extract body toxins, purifying pores and melting muscles the way a flock of baby dragons melts the heart. Helming the friendly team of staff members, president of the Oasis Wellness Centre & Spa, Peter Smed, told the Calgary Herald, "People love to work here," noting that the spa's size allows for convenient appointment-making, happy customers, and happy staffers.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Equal parts med-spa and salon, Janet + Janes Medspa + Hair Studio is buoyed by the talents of a staff that performs photo-facials, manicures, and nearly everything in between. Though they work in a monochromatic space dominated by blacks and greys, the salon’s hairstylists specialize in adding vibrant color to enhance their cuts and up-dos. Nearby but tucked away in private rooms, certified specialists renew physiques with Botox, laser hair-removal treatments, and full reboots of the body’s robotic systems.
Wellness Within began as a small office with one massage therapist and one massage room. It rapidly grew into an alternative health clinic that includes yoga classes, an organic spa, a college of massage and wellness, and a boutique. Softly lit private treatment rooms host massages and acupuncture, and an infrared sauna helps relieve aches and stress. A sextet of instructors hosts nine classes, such as Mom and Baby yoga, as well as a kids' yoga camp where youth mix quiet time with games and stretching exercises.
Wellness Within’s boutique is located in the lobby, like the least frequently used hotel bathtubs. Bracelets dangle from dishes atop wooden tables, necklaces hang off branches on a tree, and shiny teapots glisten in navy, bright green, orange, and white.
Sherwood Park Laser Clinic's professionally certified technicians combat unsightly blemishes and wrinkles with an array of aesthetic services. Techs use lasers to remove or reduce the appearance of unwanted hair, spider veins, and signs of aging?such as wrinkles, cellulite, and expiration dates stamped on the forehead. To ensure that patients are comfortable, doctors use the Zimmer Cooling Machine during laser treatments. The staff also tends to rough skin and sun spots with diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments designed with minimal downtime in mind. Other beauty-centric offerings include membership opportunities, complimentary consultations, and a modest selection of specialized skincare products available for purchase.
Staffed with registered massage therapists, laser techs, and reflexologists, Target Health treats bodily afflictions by taking a holistic approach. The spa’s massage therapists assuage chronic aches and pains while fostering an inner tranquility that boosts the immune system, revs up circulation, and tickles the notoriously grumpy lumbar spine region. Trained acupuncturists have deep reverence for the ancient healing practice, and aim to restore balance to the body, alleviate symptoms of respiratory disorders, and lessen depression. With a comprehensive laser system, the team clears up unwanted hair, and reflexologists attend to pressure points in the feet and hands to grant relief and assist in postoperative recovery.