Terry Wasylow has spent more than 30 years in the beauty industry, but she discovered her passion for natural beauty products in 1999 when she suffered mercury poisoning. Convinced that her skin was absorbing too many toxins from her cosmetic and personal-care products, she created a No-No List to help others avoid similar experiences. This list delineates which ingredients could be harmful and which ingredients are just wearing a scary mask.
On top of sharing her knowledge, she takes it to the next step and steers her clients toward gentle, noninvasive laser treatments, such as the Poly-Skin and Digi-Light treatments, which simultaneously stimulates cells and refreshes and energizes the skin with a gentle electrical current. After a skincare session—which could also entail microdermabrasion or cold-laser treatments—Wasylow and her staff recommend natural products for at-home care. Their collection includes a variety of makeup staples as well as shampoos, conditioners, and hand sanitizer.
Mind Body Harmonics founder Dami Egbeyemi emphasizes that while the company’s brain wave optimization does not “diagnose or treat medical problems,” it provides clients “with an outlet to relieve stress and relax.” Featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and People, this treatment places sensors on the client’s head to read activity in six different parts of the brain. A report points out areas of imbalance, and these off-kilter brain waves are used to generate a sound that clients listen to with headphones. The goal is that by mirroring the brain so it can see and hear itself, a state of harmony is achieved. These treatments are offset by the facilities other services and products such as Life Wave patches that simulate the benefits of acupuncture without the use of needles, and Kangen Water systems that improve the alkalinity of tap water.
Ozera Healing Spa and Salon’s team of aestheticians whips dull skin into radiant shape with custom body wraps that employ organic herbs to rejuvenate weary physiques. The one-hour treatment kicks off with a tip-to-toe exfoliation that whisks away dry skin to reveal smooth, flakeless cutaneous rinks. Artful bodyscapers then gild epidermal canvases with an aromatic mask, gently massaging the balmy formula into skin with ache-erasing strokes. Those opting for the Sea Science Remedy body wrap get enveloped in a mask that evicts toxins from their corporeal burrows, and the Herbal Science Remedy body wrap harnesses the nourishing nature of plants to soothe fatigued skin. While cartwheel machines luxuriate in the warm wrap, a serenity-inducing scalp massage mollifies cranial covers. Guests then sashay to the shower to rinse away the mask and belt out beloved ditties into a soap microphone. The treatment concludes with the application of a customized hydrating cream, and spa-goers leave their pampering session sporting skin as balanced and glowing as a nightlight dancing across a tightrope.
Drawing upon healing rituals developed in Asia, the aestheticians of Sahara Spa administer beautifying and revitalizing services that enrich skin's condition and help lessen stress. Massages soothe tense musculature with elements of acupressure, stone massage, herbal remedies, and—in the case of the spa’s signature massage—a four-handed treatment wherein two therapists apply synchronized pressure to both sides of the body. Registered massage therapists also supply therapeutic massages, and an acupuncture specialist balances bodily energy with three treatments intended to produce a variety of results. Meanwhile, ingredients such as glacial clay and pumpkin pulp help exfoliation along during facials, and green-tea or pomegranate-cassis body butter moisturize skin and attract foodies from afar.
Within the comforting confines of a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere, SunSera Salons' staff curates an extensive cache of hair, skin, and nail services for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties at nine locations. Massage therapists knead away aches with help from aromatherapy and hot stones while stylists shear and sculpt strands to better frame faces or photos of celebrities taped to faces. Stand-up, horizontal, and UV-free tanning beds outfit epidermises with a golden glow, and meticulous manicures and pedicures headline a lengthy roster of aesthetic services, such as hydrating facials and cellulite treatments. Technicians tackle unwanted body hair with lasers and wax, targeting offending fuzz on such body areas as legs, arms, and extra elbows.
Seeing Josh Apperley tired is a rare sight. Since graduating from massage therapy school, he has completely revamped his current studio and plans to expand the one-man practice into a full clinic where he will helm a team of multi-skilled therapists. The Regina community has taken notice of Mr. Apperley's efforts; he recently won "Best Massage Therapist" in Prairie Dog Magazine's 2013 "Best of Regina" competition.
He brings this same positive energy and enthusiasm to each of his massages. Concerned with more than just muscles, Josh has learned enough about the body's mechanics to understand when the muscles, bones, and joints are out of balance. He then customizes strokes to help adjust, readjust, and balance the muscle/bone synergy that exists in all humans and the most realistic dolls.