At Amazing Touch, licensed massage therapist Kelly Zahniser strives to avail clients of the many physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy. In service of this goal, she soothes muscles with modalities ranging from pregnancy massage to reflexology and eases tension with mineral-rich salt stones found in the Himalayas atop a yeti's pile of bills. Zahniser complements her relaxing massages with detoxifying body wraps and fragrant essential oils. She also travels to clients' homes to spritz bodies with spray-tanning solutions or stage spa parties that furnish on-the-spot pampering for pre-wedding festivities or girls' nights out.
Vancouver Laser's beams of light help clients travel back in time, emerging from the clinic with a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Owner Lori Keller, a medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, oversees a professional, certified staff who make these transformations possible. Their steadfast hands wield Cutera Medical lasers to target acne scars, face and leg veins, rosacea, and fine lines. The practitioners also administer other cosmetic treatments, such as Botox injections, diamond microdermabrasion, and free makeup consultations.
As a teenage survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, owner and licensed aesthetician Amber Henson believes that a healthy skincare regime is just as important as a healthy diet and exercise. To that end, she provides complimentary makeup lessons to any clients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and addresses her customers' skin concerns with organic and clinical treatments. Her facials can alleviate the signs of aging and acne, and her peels with organic fruit and microscopic subscription cards increase cell renewal. Amber’s care for skin starts from the follicle up, as she also offers waxing services for men and women.
In a private treatment room at The Spa at 22 Changes?a 5,000 square-foot salon and spa retreat?a massage therapist kneads, rolls, and taps bamboo sticks across a client's back during a bamboo massage, relieving tension and checking to see which parts of the spine work best as a xylophone. Among other soothing services, infrared-sauna treatments help guests detoxify, ease stress and pain, and boost circulation. The aestheticians on staff perform waxing and facials, while manicures, pedicures, and hair services are also available.
Threading specialist Tara Lee sets her follicle-eradicating gaze on brows, sideburns, necks, and cheeks using a traditional hair-removal technique that has been practiced for hundreds of years. In sessions lasting about 30 minutes, she works a twisted cotton thread across bristly areas to whisk away unwanted hairs and save clients from the discomfort and wasted candles associated with traditional waxing. Customers may opt for a one-time treatment, or they can choose three-month membership packages that include an unlimited number of visits.
Instead of just focusing on the physical, esthetician Tanya Khounphachansy incorporates a holistic approach to her work—one that has served her well for 17 years. Her belief that the body, mind, and spirit are intertwined and should be cared for equally is reflected in her selection of services. Within her tranquil confines, she wields natural products such as papaya enzymes and honey as she helps her clients de-stress and rejuvenate through facials and mani-pedis instead of throwing rocks at the windows of abandoned warehouses.