Since Oakridge Laser & Skin Care Clinic's service menu leans so heavily on advanced medical procedures—think laser vein removal and even intense-pulsed-light skin rejuvenation—it's a good thing the centre is run by Dr. Shihab, a physician with an impressive background. He has concentrated on laser technology for more than 12 years, and he shares his knowledge with students at the Laser and CosMedic Academy, which he founded.
The clinic is also home to a spa side, where staffers relieve muscle tension with five kinds of massage, groom hands with peppermint-sugar scrubs, and cleanse faces with minerals and skincare products from Bhoomi Minerals.
Specializing in reflexology and traditional Chinese acupressure, Sole Spa’s knead-wielding staff propels clients into states of extreme serenity via tension-erasing massage treatments. During the 50-minute Standard Footy, feet exhausted from the daily commute to work by telephone wire unwind as they wallow in a soothing soak. A sea-salt bath imbues toes with oceanic tranquility, after which a reflexology foot massage bombards knotted muscles with strategic strokes and palliative kneads. As hoof batteries recharge, a 10-minute hand massage imbues mitts with enough energy to donate high-fives to all who need them. The zen-like spa bolsters treatment-induced sojourns into relaxation with its Eastern-inspired decor that includes softly glowing paper lanterns, Chinese paintings, and Buddha statues.
Bright-white walls and styling chairs provide little distraction for the artistic stylings of staffers at Muse Hair & Beauty Salon. Utilizing Bumble and bumble products, stylists at Muse take a page from the Vidal Sassoon playbook and focus on innovative hair design with services that range from haircuts to glossing to a L'Oréal Professionel Repair Deluxe treatment. This treatment brings back hair’s softness and lustre through doses of Renew C and Power Repair B. A full-service salon and spa, the staff also offers nailcare, facials, body massages, and organic treatments that combine replenishing body wraps and relaxing scalp massages.
But design isn’t just limited to hair, nails, and epidermises at Muse Hair & Beauty Salon. The waiting room is awash in soft whites and pinks, while the shampoo lounge features plush black-and-white chairs surrounded by wood-plank walls and backlit product displays.
With a lengthy resumé that includes a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, certification from the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, and professional excursions to nine countries, Dr. Cynthia Kwong knows holistic wellness. Her knowledge of Western medicine and her practical experience in naturopathy inspired her to combine the two by founding Nourish Spa. There, she leads a team of healthcare providers and spa professionals who employ a triple-faceted program that combines pampering spa treatments, holistic-wellness therapies, and medical-aesthetics services to heal the body inside and out, much like swallowing a band-aid.
Boasting more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Survana Yuen passes the torch of her expert knowledge in the art of aesthetics to willing students. She places an emphasis on practice and theory, having students practice on models until they’ve proven themselves skilled enough to work on actual clients. In addition to being a cutting-edge education facility, Senniyo Aesthetics International School of Canada is a fully operational beauty center, offering facials, nail services, waxing sessions, eyebrow threading, and massages from supervised students or licensed aestheticians.
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