Within grey walls and hardwood floors that echo with the tranquil trickle of water fountains, each member of Gemini Beauty Centre’s team of professional aestheticians employs upward of 10 years of beautifying experience as they rejuvenate weary patrons from tip to toe tip. Dedicated to guest comfort, staff conducts pre-treatment consultations in order to explain impending services and address questions and concerns. Wielding luxurious beauty products imported from Europe via transatlantic games of fetch, staffers restore radiance to epidermises with advanced skincare services ranging from restorative Valmont Triple DNA treatments to Bio lifting eye treatments. Champions of banishing stress from patrons’ frames, the fingers of Gemini’s staff fly as they bombard ailing torsos with a menu of full-body treatments including monopolar firming treatments, revitalizing mud body masks, and French pedicures performed in German.
At the base of a modern skyscraper a block from the waterfront, the staff of Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa build a foundation for health and beauty with relaxing spa services. After managing spas across Vancouver for several years, aesthetician Sandra Bulatovic struck out on her own to build a team that includes a laser technician armed with a LightSheer DUET laser and certified body workers trained in a variety of massage modalities. Aestheticians wielding Dermalogica skincare products examine complexions before customizing their unique facials, all of which include a mask, extractions, and a post-treatment cosmetic touch-up using Jane Iredale makeup. Along with disinfecting their tools with hospital-grade disinfectants, nail technicians maintain strict sanitation standards by letting clients take home the nail file, buffer, and conversation-starters used during their manicure.
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.
A certified dental assistant with upwards of 20 years of patient-care experience, Spa La Phoria's owner, Monica Tang, boldly leapt into the arena of aesthetics to fulfill her dream of sharing her passion for beauty with Vancouver's citizens. Monica helms an experienced staff who showcase their pampering prowess by lavishing patrons with treatments including traditional manicures and massages, custom Spa La Phoria signature facials, and waxing services that render bodies sleek enough to shave precious time off hokey-pokeying records. Monica's dedication to providing her guests with cutting-edge treatments is reflected in the spa's use of advanced equipment, including a wrinkle-shrinking radio-frequency machine and a skin-smoothing diamond machine powered by tiaras harvested from the gardens of local royalty.
T&Y Beauty Spa stands as an oasis from the bustle of downtown, where clients can snag speedy beauty treatments between shopping jaunts or reap hours of pampering to replenish their spirits and invigorate their skin. The spa's aestheticians draw out healthy complexions with three tiered facials that gradually ramp up their effects with massages, customized masks, and face-firming serums. Permanent makeup applications boost facial radiance even further with smudge-free lip- and eye-defining flourishes, and eyelash extensions, mani-pedis, and waxing treatments also lend elegance to weary exteriors. Meanwhile, in treatment rooms far removed from the annoyances of work, bills, and foot-traffic pileups, therapists soothe overtaxed muscles and frayed minds with relaxation massages for individuals and couples.
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.
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