When the economy started to tank a few years back, Taneal Cutting decided to trust her instincts and abandon her seemingly secure corporate job to open her own massage studio. A certified bodywork practitioner and registered aromatherapist with a passion for blending essential oils, Taneal opened Spiritus Wellness, where she alleviates aches and empties bodies of toxins with diverse bodywork techniques and adroit application of body products. Taneal kneads stiffened musculature with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages and applies a relaxing Swedish massage variant to pregnant women and overworked storks. She infuses the confines of her studio with intermingling aromas of herbal teas, mint water, and a blend of essential oils. Her patrons can continue relaxing at home after perusing an assortment of bath salts, custom body butters, and sugar scrubs.
Exposed-brick walls couple with dark hardwood floors and crystal-laced chandeliers to draw out the creative flair in customers as they describe their ideal looks. Then, armed with Osmo and Goldwell haircare products, stylists go to work, revamping hairdos with cuts and colour treatments. A private massage room waits to act as a relaxing oasis for those in need of therapeutic bodywork or complexion overhauls augmented with Obagi skincare products. Hands and feet bask in the comforts of the nail bar, where overstuffed recliners and table lamps complement Shellac and OPI polishes to clear minds and strengthen digits before customers tackle the scratch 'n' sniff version of War and Peace.
Candlelight flickers inside a treatment room, where relaxing aromatherapy scents mingle in the air with the gentle strains of soothing music. This is the home of Metropolitan Aromatherapy and Relaxation Studio?s holistic practitioners, who aim to balance minds and bodies with massages that de-stress and soothe aches with natural oils, varying pressures, and hot stones. The private rooms also host intuitive services such as chakra balancing, which combines essential oils, crystals, and massage.
Elsewhere in the spa, body-vibration platforms help clients shimmy their way to slimmer waists and toned muscles. Before departing, they can wander up to the rooftop to take in gorgeous views of towering mountains.
Ocean Breeze Spa revitalizes bodies with a variety of hair, body, and skincare treatments. On the hair side, haircuts and colouring can add blunt or angled layers or a burst of blond, and eyebrow threading and waxing services remove hair from every inch of the body. Stylists also straighten frizzy hair for up to four months with CHI Enviro and keratin smoothing treatments, and they lengthen locks with hair extensions and spaghetti.
On the spa side, relaxation and aromatherapy massages soothe tense muscles with gentle strokes and essential oils. Body-exfoliation treatments, which take place in a heated room that pipes in soft music, clear away rough and uneven skin, and facial treatments such as microdermabrasion fight age spots and acne scars.
The fashion-conscious and artistic stylists at Barbarella Hair Salon clip tresses to create on-trend looks that help define each client's personality. Since 1999, the team has tamed tangles using natural haircare products from brands such as Davines, and has called upon their experience in sculpting looks for fashion shoots and installations for destinations. A professional makeup artist helps patrons update their face-painting skills and goes to great lengths to ensure each experience parallels the calm obtained from a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman.
At Pacific Bliss, stalks of bamboo and warm river stones connect one to nature. That's important to Michael, the studio's massage therapist, who works to relax patrons with holistic massage. His massages are intended to ease stress, improve circulation, bolster lymphatic function, and generally improve physical wellbeing. He draws on knowledge of the body accumulated over the course of years spent performing massage and learning about other techniques such as hypnotherapy. The studio, which is tucked inside Infinity Salon & Spa, also leads yoga classes on the beach, where the sound of the surf calms patrons and reminds them they are not at the dentist.