Long before he opened Westcoast Piercing and Ink, professional piercer Kelly began to reconsider his own body’s potential as a template for artistic self-expression. As a pre-teen during punk rock’s heyday in the early 80s, he became fascinated with big chains, spiked bracelets, and large rings—pretty much anything that would showcase his style and increase his radio signal. The scene’s do-it-yourself ethic often led his friends to experiment with unsanitary piercing methods, but Kelly thankfully knew better and decided to take the true D.I.Y. route: he became a certified piercer himself and opened Westcoast Piercing Guy.
Today, years after his initial stroke of inspiration, Kelly operates out of a health-board approved studio that has been given the seal of approval from the local medical community and clients alike. He continues to outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; only now he works alongside a band of piercers and tattoo artists who decorate skin with everything from colorful custom sleeves to blank crossword puzzles that help clients pass the time during morning commutes.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
At Merle Norman, the pampering begins even before the treatments do. The moment clients walk in, they're charmed by the music and soothing fragrances that pervade the spa's lobby. That's the first chance clients get to consider their many spa treatment options, such as IPL facials and laser hair removal. Airbrush makeup is also available, as are makeup lessons that impart the secret techniques of makeup artists. Whole-body treatments, such as tanning, leave bodies with an all-over glow that's far more cost-effective than hiring a spotlight operator to follow you around all day.
A mini spa located in the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Sueño Spa cossets male and female guests with seaweed and clay body wraps, chocolate facials, and products from brands such as Éminence Organic Skin Care and Wilma Schumann. Before a day at the spa, guests can take a few laps around a full-sized, heated outdoor pool or enjoy the hot tub and outdoor deck.
At MyDentists Office, an accredited cadre of dentists and hygienists administer a full array of tooth-preservation services from regular check-ups to cosmetic implants. Diminish unsightly stains sans Photoshop with renowned Zoom! treatments, whitening teeth to shades reminiscent of Antarctic plains. One-hour in-office sessions deliver instant gratification to those eligible for whitening with a gleam upgrade of up to 8 shades, and convenient take-home trays may uptick the white balance up to six shades over three nights. Investigate the after effects with a follow-up appointment, for which Groupon holders receive a 10% discount.
Nima's Day Spa, established more than 29 years ago in Vancouver, employs an army of aestheticians and medically trained staff members to target bodies with non-invasive treatments that aim to foster inch loss, cellulite elimination, and fat reduction. In private treatment rooms, skilled hands attach the LipoLaser's small probes and paddles to areas along the waistline, mid and lower abdomen, back, buttocks, and thigh area or arms, spending 30–40 minutes targeting fat cells in an attempt to render inch loss and to find a way to simply get along. U-Shape treatments set out to promote weight loss and firmer skin for approximately 20 minutes per session, and diathermy heat wraps raise subdermal temperatures in an attempt bolster circulation and bring warmth to all areas of the body. The roughly 50-minute wrap contours around men, women, and active houseplants to potentially abate aching limbs, ease joint pain, and quell sore muscles.