A certified yoga teacher with a degree in Eastern therapies and bodywork from Pacific Rim College, Pernille Lund works with several healing modalities at Colibri Care Healing Arts. Her bodywork services include traditional Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage, yoga therapy, and pre- and post-natal care.
Earth, Wind & Spa harnesses the power of natural elements to pamper its clients. Aestheticians, armed with Clayton Shagal, Remy Laure, and OLos skincare products, breath life back into dull complexions during 10 botanically-enhanced facials, which soothe the skin with sunflower seed extract and promote hydration with bamboo. Technicians also enhance their clients’ natural beauty with advanced facials that utilize collagen and plant stem cell ingredients, as opposed to the regenerative brainwaves of a 3,000-year-old alien.
Earth, Wind & Spa’s spa treatments also utilize high quality products. Fingernails and toes sparkle with colourful OPI, Zoya, and Shellac polishes, hairs are removed with a low heat, tea tree and lavender-infused wax, and brides and their stunt doubles are dolled up with Jane Iredale cosmetics during makeup applications.
At Ark Hair & Spa, beauticians infuse their slew of hair, massage, and nail services with Japanese flair. Therapists target pressure points to relieve aching muscles during shiatsu massages, and they alleviate stress caused by table phobias during Thai floor massages. During beauty-boosting treatments, staffers wield high-end products such as Calgel nail gel and antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil hair elixir. The studio’s decor speaks to the soothing power of simplicity, as clients relax among clean white walls and Japanese paper screens.
When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
When Lindsay Walker opened Ascent Wellness & Aromatherapy, it was important to her that the spa would use only all-natural and fair-trade products, from brands such as Seaflora. Made locally on Vancouver Island, Seaflora is a blend of seaweed and other organic botanicals that help reverse the signs of aging without using any chemicals. Besides facials, clients may request a waxing session, a manicure with vegan nail polish, or a soothing aromatherapy massage performed in a private treatment room. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages are also available.
Founded by two students of the Brenneke School of Massage, Essential Life Therapy pampers its clients with the devoted attention of a cupboard genie. A team of trained practitioners relax tight muscles and clear corpuses of long-standing political tension using a variety of different massage services (all $70; $65 for reiki). Clients can relax under the classic Swedish, push out persistent pains and imbedded javelins with a deep-tissue massage, or try something new with a reflexology or Reiki—a Japanese form that employs gentle touches to heal the body physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All massages begin with a foot-calming bath that doesn’t count as a single minute in your full hour of manual bliss.