Since stress is a part of everyday life, the staff at Crave Massage strives to combat its damaging effects on the body and mind with spa and therapeutic massages. To further promote wellness, they swaddle bodies in blueberry soy wraps during body treatments to contour physiques and perform reflexology treatments–a method of relieving pain throughout the whole body by applying pressure to extremities to release endorphins. They also wax hides hair-free, and pamper men with facials, massages, and fist-bumps designed specifically for them.
Aesthetician Christie Ponting chooses her arsenal of products carefully. At Sumptuous Beauty, each product used is crafted from natural and organic ingredients that don’t harm the environment. That includes the cleansers and scrubs used during facials that blast through acne and rejuvenate tired faces.
One usually has to pay for tickets to see a one-woman show, but instead, clients at Maela’s Esthetics pay for specialty waxing, nailcare, and lash-extension services. The one-woman aesthetics company inside Beauty Haven Hair Wigs & Esthetics is run by Maela Bru, who’s followed her passion for aesthetics and “all things girly” since she was a teen. Her waxing treatments use a hard wax that is gentler for facial and intimate areas, and a cream wax for leg, chest, and back services. Maela can also add a colourful touch to looks with a variety of gel nail polishes and subtle tints for eyebrows and eyelashes.
When resort guests want vacations from their vacations, the quadrilateral Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care transports them out of the country. The four spas have no airports, however—instead, they’ve simply named and modelled their spaces after coveted destinations. Both the Coast Capri Hotel and Big White Ski Resort embrace a meditative asian theme. Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa’s Manhattan room and Central Park pedicure stations evoke New York chic, whereas Lake Okanagan Resort Spa pairs its shoreline views with Moroccan-inspired baths and palatial treatment areas.
Despite their distinct designs, the spas share a common aim: simultaneous pampering of the body, mind, and soul. And although they mimic faraway settings, their services prioritize homegrown ingredients blended into their own essential oils, scrubs, and lotions for specialty procedures. Vinotherapy massages, for example, harness the healing properties of grape antioxidants with formulas made from local winery byproducts, including grape stems, skins, and pips, and overripe grapes that are about to mature into apples. The massages pair well with such luxurious services as honey-wine wraps and Okanagan grape-pip scrub.
The certified laser technicians at Flashpoint Lazer Clinic specialize in completely erasing or artistically updating tattoos. Clients who opt for removal sit under the beams of a Q-switch Nd:Yag laser as it breaks up ink and removes colourful particles through natural channels. Those seeking an edit on existing images can ask in-house artists to retouch fading hues, or hide them behind new camouflage-coloured designs.