FreeStyle Salon's staff dabbles in all areas of outer beauty, equipping clients with radiant skin, healthy hair, and contemporary as well as casual designer fashions. Stylists drench manes in deep conditioners and pigments before shearing split ends or fez tassels. Aestheticians glide their hands across skin, nourishing it with seaweed, coconut, chocolate, and other natural essences. Both UV and sunless tanning sessions shade skin to a darker tone, and denim by !iT and Buffalo camouflage legs for long walks in the ocean.
After a lifetime of providing relaxation to others in the hospitality industry, Lucas Stiefvater discovered his own peace of mind on a trip to India in 2004. He learned of the art of meditation in a quiet environment where he felt safe to transform. He wanted to create that environment for others in Canada, combining his newfound passion with his career in the resort business. He founded Ocean Resort to be such a place. Apart from the serenity offered by stunning views of Salish Sea and the Coast Mountains, the chief agent for transformation at the resort is the spa. Inside, aestheticians and massage therapists use organic and natural products to soothe the body while the mind convalesces.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Coco Cabana knows how to enhance the power of their UV beds with their collection of lotions and partner with aestheticians to enhance bodies during swimsuit season. The most powerful of their UV beds glows with ESP lamps, and their booths warm those standing inside with bulbs up to 160 watts. Two machines help visitors realize an aesthetic of fitness and relaxation pioneered by slack-resistance bands. A UV booth from Soltron gives those inside the chance to exercise gently while soaking up rays, and an automated massage bed kneads limbs with covered, warm-water jets. Nimble human hands, however, remain responsible for stripping away body hair with waxing services and transforming hands and feet into fashion accessories.
Meta Day Spa’s trained staff cossets weary patrons and replenishes depleted serenity stores with rejuvenating massages and pedicures. A dexterous muscle manipulator evicts aches by lavishing dorsa with one of three massage styles, including an aromatherapy massage whose fragrant oils subdue even the most stressed of noses. Bodies knotted from somersaulting to work revel in the palliative strokes of a Swedish massage, and a deep-tissue massage unleashes a barrage of calculated kneads upon overburdened shoulders.
Ting-Hsia—or Tina, as her clients know her—may have been destined to practice traditional Chinese medicine. Both her mother and her father were practitioners, and they used TCM to treat Tina’s frequent illnesses when she was growing up. A weak immune system typically kept her down, but over the years, traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, tui na massage, and herbal therapy gradually restored her health. This increased overall wellness may be due to traditional Chinese medicine’s ability to stimulate the body’s own self-healing properties, something she feels Western medicine currently can’t achieve.
Now a certified practitioner herself, Tina aims to escort bodies down their own paths of healing through a cadre of the same non-invasive, holistic techniques to which she was privy as a child. In order to tailor each treatment session to individual clients, each visitation starts with a consultation. After discussing the issue and answering questions such as “Will this hurt?” and “Can you make it hurt?”, she devises a treatment plan that integrates acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbs she mixes on the premises.
Versed in traditional Chinese medicine and massage therapy, the practitioners of Dao Health Centre create personalized care plans to enhance patients' mental and physical health. During initial consultations, physicians learn about clients through diagnostics such as sensory observations, tongue inspection, and pulse readings. They then tailor integrative treatment plans that may incorporate therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and acupressure massage.