During her nearly 20 years as a certified practitioner, Lois Scott has learned how to use massage as an effective tool for sustaining mental and physical well-being. She uses a range of massage techniques, including Swedish and sports massage, to boost circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, and ease sore muscles. Over the years, she has also incorporated aesthetic treatments into her repertoire.
To help clients take her work home, she hosts classes on relaxation massage and foot reflexology that teach students ways to pamper their loved ones at home. Classes come with take-home DVDs and instruction books for students whose stone tablets aren’t big enough to chisel all their notes onto.
For Tanya and Rosanne, co-owners of Nouveau Hair Studio & Aesthetics, keeping up with the latest beauty trends is a top priority. As is using professional products—they currently stock items from Kevin Murphy, La Biosthetique, and Moroccanoil. To ensure the satisfaction of their clients, stylists begin each haircut or colour service with a consultation. Appointments end with a blow-dry style and tips for recreating the look at home or maintaining it inside a wind tunnel.
After taking in the majestic, snow-capped peaks in the distance, which jut above the serene waters of Harrison Lake, guests can meander through the brick-lined courtyard of the Ramada Hotel and into the relaxing confines of The Spa at Ramada. The spa, run by holistic-medicine specialist Nicole Rowan, coddles guests during treatments. Couples massages are performed on side-by-side tables covered with soft blankets and the flicker of candles, which plays across the floral paintings lining each private room. Facials gently rejuvenate skin with organic Éminence products and mani-pedis prep digits for elegant nights out or professional rock, paper, scissors championships.
Natural Reflextions borrows from Mother Nature's innate sense of style with its decorative plants, earthy tones, and fragrant candles, convincing visitors they've stepped inside a forest sanctuary. The zen-like ambience pervades the spa's treatment rooms, which overlook rock gardens dappled with trees and the fountain of youth where Sophia Loren resides. Beneath billowing cloths hanging from the ceiling, a team of relaxation experts administers massages and skincare treatments inspired by nature's soothing, curative elements.
The spa's menu of services whisks visitors onto a cloud of relaxation with its seaweed body wraps that swaddle physiques in nourishing Seaflora products and footbaths that reward the hardest working jack-o'-lantern stompers. Skin reaches its aesthetic peak with facials using anti-aging Dermalogica serums and waxing that ousts unneeded bodily fleece. Handcrafted and fair-trade items—including teapots, jewellery, and natural soaps—can be discovered in the spa's boutique, encouraging guests to support the local artisans from which they came.
The staff at Steel Blue Healing Inc promotes healthfulness with a selection of vitamins, natural medications, and healing treatments. Clients can also enjoy soothing footbaths, scalp massages, and spray-tanning services as well as eyelash extensions to prepare for their appearance at this year’s International Winking Championships.
Sunsera Salons' name hides the fact that it's more than a hair salon—it's also a full-service spa. At one end, hairstylists expertly cut, condition, and highlight hair, or add length and volume with extensions. Meanwhile, their coworkers perform a slew of relaxing services: manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, laser hair removal, and hydrating body wraps.
Black Pearl Beauty Loft's talented stylists treat craniums to luxurious scalp massages and haircuts, special-occasion updos, and hair extensions. Though the scalp sculptors capably embellish all types of tresses, they specialize in taming the oft-unruly frizziness and non-Euclidian geometry of curly hair. Body-length mirrors reflect a space with black leather furnishings and walls featuring black-and-white vine motifs, and technicians add splashes of color to manes and enhance eyelids with individual lash applications.