Aesthetics by Angela Marie unwinds the tight tethers of busy minds and bodies with tranquilizing beauty treatments. An hour-long hot-stone massage will relight your internal furnace and flexibilify your tense muscles. A friendly massage therapist strategically arranges gently heated smooth basalt-lava stones on your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature. Decorated with soothing earth tones, Angela Marie’s elegant edifice triggers the design appreciation centre of the brain, allowing ocular orbs to indulge at the same rate as musculoskeletal systems, thus quelling age-old inter-body rivalries for an afternoon.
At La Petite Spa, talented, friendly aestheticians apply skill, experience, and premium products to the task of pampering patrons' hands and feet. In a shellac manicure and pedicure, digit decorators combine nail trimming, cuticle tidying, and "This Little Piggy"–playing with the application of CND-brand shellacs. The fast-drying talon tinter doesn't chip or smudge easily and can last up to two weeks, after which clients return to the spa so that staff members can gently remove the shellacs without damaging nails. In addition to their beautifying skills, La Petite Spa creates a convivial environment complete with genial staff members, complimentary cups of herbal tea, and a playful on-site dolphin.
Vivienne Medi Spas, winner of Hamilton Community News' 2011 Readers’ Choice Gold Award, employs a professionally trained and licensed staff to exfoliate, hydrate, and rejuvenate the faces of its clientele. In private treatment rooms, a 45-minute facial peel and light-therapy session band together to fight off epidermal imperfections, smooth out skin tones, and charge up the skin's solar panels. Skilled hands paint faces with a glycolic solution that penetrates skin and exfoliates the epidermis, bolstering collagen reproduction and rehydrating dry, sardonic pores. Aestheticians then select from a full spectrum of colours suited to each client's personal skin needs before shining an LED light over faces to even out skin tones and treat conditions such as wrinkles, acne, and bags under the eyes.
The expert nail technicians at Pretty in Pink Studios nurture hands and feet with pampering and nail-painting services. Hands prepare for glamorous roof-raisings with colourful coats of Shellac’s soak-off gel polish. Each gel layer bathes briefly under the glow of ultraviolet light, hardening the polish and strengthening nails’ resolve to stop petting the cat backward. During the manicure, which lasts about 30–45 minutes, nail tenders shape nails, curb delinquent cuticles, and administer a soothing massage. Toes wiggle with renewed vigour after the spa’s 35- to 45-minute pedicure, during which technicians whittle toenails and tame cuticles, exfoliate heels, and reward treaders with a massage. A final polish makes feet as beautiful as the spa’s rotating selection of local art, which incorporates jewellery, paintings, knitted goods, stained glass, and mosaics of Achilles’ exfoliated heel made from chipped polish.
Holding certifications as a medical aesthetician, cosmetologist, and laser specialist, Bozana Skojo expertly leads her team in smoothing physiques with a range of treatments. To wield the LightSheer Diode laser system during laser hair-removal sessions, they undergo extensive training and rigorous sparring sessions against a punching bag filled with hair at The International Dermal Institute. The staff also focuses beams on unsightly veins or cellulite, leaving legs ready to flaunt at the beach or lederhosen-modelling competitions. On the spa end of services, Dermalogica potions help replenish lacklustre mugs during facial treatments, and Colorescience cosmetics enhance natural beauty amid makeup applications, lessons, and bridal appointments.
Esthetics By Claire proves fertile ground for reinvention. Chalk part of that up to the environment?trickling waterfalls, candlelight, and soft music create a world with no room for their worries or stress. The staff takes it from there; they offer spa treatments such as facials and mani-pedis that breathe new life into tired skin and uplift weary spirits.
The complete facial, for example, can reanimate complexions like a comic-book illustrator doodling on a Denny's kids menu. Specialists begin with a skin analysis, then use European skincare products to perform a deep cleaning, extractions, toning, and a pressure-point massage. Nail treatments also combine clinical care with spa-like pampering; the spa mani-pedis include anti-bacterial soaks, cuticle care, masks, and massages for the hands and feet.