The cheerful barks of Chia, a jet-black pup, greet visitors to Sunday Morning Organic SalonSpa, a clean-air salon that stocks its shelves with organic hair-colour products and herbal-based polishes and creams. Candice, a stylist and spa tech with nearly two decades of experience, outfits her clients with hairstyles that flatter the face and colour that adds richness to locks without harmful ammonia. Spa tech Rikki-Lee performs organic spray-tans and herbal facial treatments. The spa's additional services include colon hydrotherapy and mani-pedis such as the Journey manicure, which takes place atop a cross-country train.
Brandi Heuchert, a self-described “prairie girl,” merges her small-town Saskatchewan upbringing with seven years of experience in her trade. Brandi's interest in holistic and western medical practices led her to the Western College of Remedial Massage Therapy, from which she received her registered massage therapist designation. Recently relocated to Saskatoon’s Fitness Focus gym, Brandi specializes in an array of massage modalities, such as relaxation, therapeutic, and Thai massage, as well as hot-stone therapy and cranial-sacral therapy. Brandi accepts both daytime and evening appointments Tuesday–Saturday.
Spa Academy's director of education, Veronica Lynne-Swirsky, taps into more than two decades of experience as she leads a team of professional educators in training a new generation of aestheticians. In their sleek salon and spa, instructors and students work side by side. Teachers might give clients mani-pedis or full sets of acrylic nails as their students apply makeup, wax away unwanted body hair, or revitalize skin with facials. And even though their services are discounted, students focus on lavishing clients with a quality that rivals what's offered by their already-certified counterparts or by those newfangled robo-aestheticians.
Stationed within the stress-free confines of Hocus Pocus Hair Studio, Tara Jones works her own magic on clients’ nails, eyes, and skin. Tara’s manicure and pedicure treatments begin with relaxing soaks, after which she trims, buffs, and massages hands and feet and brushes nails with standard or gel polishes. She also accentuates sultry gazes and livens up portraits of family ancestors with eyelash extensions and brow tinting. Brows too wild to be tamed—and body hair on the chin, lips, and bikini line, for that matter—succumb to swift waxing treatments.
Massage therapist Brett Hamm gained his ample knot-untying skills while practicing his craft on professional dance troupes and senior citizens. Now, he helps clients of all ages and professions relax at DSI Massage. Brett eases mental and corporeal aches and stresses with a variety of massage strokes and modalities, and he keeps the atmosphere friendly and casual—unlike the massage room of a high-strung commodities broker who kneads you with his briefcase.
Damara Day Spa sends waves of relaxation into bodies with calming treatments and beautifying skin services. A range of spa pedicures and facials purify skin with warm soaks and lava stones in addition to exfoliations and surface-softening masks. Skilled hands extract tendrils and tease out toxins with a variety of men's waxes and back-cleansing treatments. And a plethora of therapeutic foot, scalp, and hand massages helps to ease muscles after all-night cartwheel competitions.