Needleless acupuncture sounds like a contradiction, but Shelly Wade does it everyday—with lasers. Of course, she's well versed in traditional acupuncture as well. Licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, Shelly found her way to acupuncture after a car accident interrupted her competitive dancing career. Impressed by its impact on her recovery, she began studying acupuncture along with other natural therapies, such as biofeedback and reflexology, to pay forward the benefits these therapies afforded her.
Today, as owner of Island Integrative Health Clinic, Shelly does just that by combining those multiple approaches to healing. She also specializes in anti-aging treatments such as facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, giving clients an alternative to Botox and never smiling again by applying a low-level current that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. Further services her centre offers range from massage therapy to BloodScan, a live-blood analysis that aims to identify pre-symptomatic indicators of degenerative disease. No matter the treatment, she approaches each case with a gentle, welcoming approach, believing that acupuncturists must help their patients feel comfortable so that they remain open to the healing process.
Inside calming rooms decorated with bamboo accents, soft lights, and lush greenery, Heaven the Spa on the Rock's staff polishes skin with aesthetics-driven treatments. With the help of a Candela GMAX laser, technicians banish dead skin cells, unwanted hair, and wrinkles under non-invasive light energy. Meanwhile, facial and waxing regimens call on skin-nourishing formulas from Decl?or and GiGi, and manicure, pedicure, and massage services release stress pent up from long days of running errands or competing in errand triathlons. And lash extensions build volume with synthetic or natural Siberian mink lashes applied with medical-grade adhesive. Clients can also sweat away worries with a steam-room session included with every spa treatment.
At Fijian Sun Tanning Studios, a variety of equipment crafts several shades of even, sun-kissed glows. Patrons can bask in lie-down beds such as the Ambition 250 with three high-pressure facial tanners, or prevent tan lines by standing up in the Sun Capsule, which allows one to create bronze shades without bathing in a cauldron of melted bowling trophies. To intensify their glows, clients can slather on skincare products from brands such as Australian Gold, Ed Hardy, and California Tan. For a tanning alternative, customers can retire to the luxury infrared sauna, whose therapeutic milieu facilitates weight loss and systemic detoxification.
Elegance Medi Spa's cosmetic procedures entwine Eastern modalities with noninvasive Western technology. Using this mix, the staff of certified technicians can help patients vanquish flab with an FDA-approved LipoLaser, banish unwanted hair with laser hair-removal services using the LightSheer XC diode laser, and fade discolouration with teeth whitening. No matter what aesthetic treatment patients choose, they first undergo a comprehensive consultation to discuss their concerns, goals, and favourite celebrity baby names.
The only thing the staff at Deco De Mode love more than making people feel beautiful on the outside is making them feel the same beauty on the inside. Their friendly, individualized approach to pampering is evidenced in a host of relaxing services. Within Deco De Mode?s sleek white interiors, an expert technician puts the finishing touches on the 3-D art masterpiece she?s painted onto a patrons? nails, and an aesthetician applies a set of eyelash extensions one-by-one to natural lashes for a lush look that feels as weightless as a balloon inside the International Space Station.
At Richard Mar School of Hair and Esthetics, trained and highly experienced professionals train and mentor students on their ways to becoming spa specialists, owners, and managers. Taught in small groups and with individual training, these students perform a full spa menu of services including styling hair, adding twinges of color or complete sets of foils, and administering soothing facial treatments, massages, mani-pedis, and waxings. They also train for and perform in competitive trade shows to build their portfolios and put notches on their belts sewn from hair.