Certified technician Kelly MacDonald knows firsthand the transformative power of modern skincare technology. After receiving successful treatments herself, she decided to pursue a career in med-spa services, studying with surgeon-turned-researcher Dr. Yousef Shihab at the Cosmedic Laser Institute in Vancouver. MacDonald is now the owner and operator of Neos Wellness Spa, a joint venture undertaken with her fiancé. She uses her practice as a platform to directly share her experiences with others instead of through impersonal skywriting. MacDonald fulfills that mission by keeping fingers on the pulse of the latest products and aesthetic developments in laser, radio-frequency, and ultrasound technology. Her spa features an entire staff of employees that are all physician-trained. After a complimentary consultation to discuss each patient's goals, she recommends the best approach to address acne and spider veins or fine lines and other signs of aging. MacDonald employs the multi-function laser's intense pulsed light to disable follicles and remove hair. To target excess weight, she performs radio-frequency treatments and ultrasonic wave techniques that shrink fat cells so much, Rick Moranis couldn't find them in his backyard.
In Canyon Ridge Spa & Salon caramel-colored massage chamber, candlelight flickers over the dark, glossy leaves of a fern as a pyramid of carefully rolled hand towels waits for the towel warmer to heat up. These details are the hallmark of owner and esthetician Sharon Hoffart, who poured 12 years of relaxation know-how into creating her soothing escape, as well as a 40-ounce offering of eau de toilette to Aphrodite.
Half the menu is devoted to whole-body pampering. Massage therapists reach for fragrant essential oils and hot stones to augment relaxing Swedish massages, and 20-minute baths in the whirlpool immerse you in serums enriched with seaweed and healing clay—elements that also appear in aromatic salt scrubs and wraps. In the salon, hair stylists and nail technicians hone in on their areas of expertise, which extend to hair extensions and indulgent, side-by-side pedicures for those that still attached to their youthful shadow. Hoffart creates four facials that balance and heal according to skin type, and elevates body hair management into an art with bikini waxing and eyelash tinting.
The expert aesthetician at Beauty From Within believe in the importance of feeling beautiful both inside and out. In order to help their guests achieve that feeling, they offer a handful of services such as body contouring and skin tightening. They also perform photorejuvenation and microdermabrasion treatments which aim to improve skin texture and elasticity.
Within Raynor Massage's new and expanded facility, international massage instructor Terry Masson and his team practices a modality called Raynor Massage. Naturopath Brandon Raynor developed this bodywork system to resolve bodily and emotional tension with deep pressure applied at the patient's tolerance threshold. Raynor Massage calls for some degree of patient participation through directed breathing, a practice familiar to Masson through his experience with yoga, qigong, and having a pulse. Since 2007, he's incorporated the modality while working with Olympic athletes and members of the British Women's National Rowing team.
Clients at Westk Hair & Makeup Studio can sip on complimentary lattes as a stylist appraises their current look during a free consultation. Once guests slide into barber's chairs, stylists go to work, clipping away overgrown or unfashionable strands and arranging them in a fresh, face-flattering configuration.