"It was like opening a can of worms—and my interest deepened."This is how Un Joli Visage Day Spa's owner, Elizabeth Ranson, describes her initial research into the potentially toxic and animal-tested ingredients found in prominent skincare products. As her research progressed, interest turned into disgust, and Elizabeth was spurred to found Botanical Healing Skin Care, a line of naturally derived crèmes she could rely on to safely nourish her clients' skin. It's these products, which are laced with extracts of algae, jojoba, shea butter, and other botanicals, that Elizabeth combines on the fly during her custom facials and body treatments to right all manner of skin-borne wrongs. Whether her clients suffer from acne, the effects of aging, or the effects of sleeping on a sand dune, she counteracts with appropriate doses of natural oils and cleansers, while imparting words of epidermal wisdom to improve at-home skincare routines.
In his late 20s, Shawn Shumway began searching for a new path in life?one that was both meaningful and rewarding. After a period of introspection, he decided that the most meaningful path would be one that helped others to heal. He enrolled at the Everest massage therapy program's Vancouver campus, and today uses the skills he learned to treat issues at Hands of Light Bodywork ranging from general tension to acute injury. Treatments such as warm basalt stone massages and essential oil body scrubs take relaxation to another level.
At Bodywork Devine, licensed massage practitioner Kristin Taylor melts muscle knots with therapeutic strokes and eases stress with calming skin and body treatments. Kristin offers her signature massage in 40-, 60-, and 90-minute increments, relaxing clients with soft, flowing strokes and the gentle touch of cranial-sacral therapy. Ideal for clients battling the aches of fibromyalgia, TMJ, or migraine headaches, the delicate headwork Kristin performs during the cranial-sacral segment can enhance clients? quality of life by boosting joint flexibility, dampening anxiety, and dissolving undigested popsicles. The skilled massage therapist also partners with other alternative health practitioners such as licensed acupuncturist Kim Blaufuss to help clients fight chronic pain with a holistic repertoire of services. In addition to enjoying massages in the studio, clients may purchase tools such as flaxseed hot packs and still-point inducers to tame tension at home.
The technology-driven treatments inside Islands Tanning MedSpa help bolster the body's glow and reduce its circumference. Inside Magic and Tanses UV beds, 12,800-watt bulbs saturate skin with darkening rays more safely than receiving a hug from a dwarf star. Meanwhile, UV-free Mystic and VersaSpa machines spray the epidermis with a bronze hue, and Fit body wraps fuse infrared-heat energy with constricting wraps that help shrink fat cells. Islands Tanning MedSpa also offers memberships.
At Sunset Massage, therapist Debbie Mera eases muscle pain with techniques she's been perfecting since 2005. She's taken her healing touch on tour with So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol, and she's also melted away tension for WWE wrestlers, who experience aches and pains from practicing body slams on cramped tour buses. Her home base is now at Urban Styles Salon and Spa, but she's also available to travel to clients' homes or offices for evening and weekend appointments for an extra fee.
At Spoiled Spa and Salon, the path to beauty weaves through a landscape studded with massage tables, private pedicure stations with cuddler recliners, and a steam room. Clients can recline and let a massage therapist pore over them with deep-tissue techniques or hot stones, then surrender any remaining stress or stiffness during a Dead Sea–mud wrap, followed by a Vichy shower and body butter. After shampooing locks, stylists revamp tired styles with trendy cuts, multidimensional color, and Remy extensions made from 100% human hair—which can last up to three times longer than traditional extensions. Since opening, Spoiled Spa and Salon has demonstrated its commitment to the local community by annually participating in events such as CAMEO and Race for the Cure. Additionally, the salon's interior tips its hat to area talent. Local art and one-of-a-kind goods add character to the space, and the custom styling stations and signage owe their craftsmanship to local carpenters and print shops.