Monday, December 13, 2010

Spa Utopia introduces the BraBag and PantyPak: Luggage for your Lingerie

Have you ever had to hold your breath as someone from customs rummages through your suitcase, praying they'll not hit upon your stash of not-yet-washed undies? Have you ever arrived at your destination, eager for dinner, to find your uplift bra flattened like yesterday's soufflé? Most of us have "lingerie nightmare" stories to tell, usually involving travel. And this is what inspired North Vancouver entrepreneur, Jane Webb, to establish The Brag Company (Brag is short for Bra Bag). Her fabulous "BraBag" and "PantyPak" were quickly picked up by the media and red carpet set, who were collectively thrilled with this great way to transport lingerie. Now available in a variety of fun designs and colour themes at all Spa Utopia locations, the BraBag and PantyPak make an ideal Christmas Gift for a travelling friend, a bride-to-be, or yourself.

The BraBag

Twisting your bra in the centre and inverting one cup into the other is not good for the shape or stitching. This is particularly true for uplift or other shaper bras. Slipping your bra into a specially designed BraBag will help it retain its shape so that it shows off yours better.

The BraBag is available in a number of themes/colour choices and two sizes. The regular BraBag can hold 1 to 6 bras up to 36C cup, as well as size 32D. Its larger sister, the Buxom BraBag, can hold 1-6 bras up to 36G and 38F.

The BraBag is available in a number of colours/themes.
Shown here, the ultra sophisticated Sophia.

The Buxom BraBag is also available in a variety of
patterns. Shown here, the flirtatious and fun Katie.

The PantyPak

No more stuffing your underthings in plastic bags! Now your panties can travel First Class in their own adorable case, which keeps clean and "not so clean" panties in their respective spots—and away from the prying eyes of customs officials! As with the BraBag, the PantyPak will also prevent "bad connections" with stiletto heels and other hard or rough objects in your suitcase.

Now you can separate your panties into "clean" and
"not so clean" compartments.

Choose from a number of designs to keep
your panties safely organized. Shown here,
the polka-dot Tiffany.

Once you've used the BraBag and PantyPak, you'll wonder how you ever did without them. (We have heard that many women use the BraBag for everyday bra-keeping, and that those who have had a mastectomy find them the perfect, discreet place to store their prosthesis.)  You can find both at all Spa Utopia locations.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spa Utopia introduces Life Designs Nutrition Workshops

Although the expression "You are what you eat" has been around for decades, it is only in recent years that scientists and researchers have uncovered just how much of an effect food has on our bodies and minds. Whether we feel energetic or sluggish, upbeat or melancholy, and whether we feel overwhelmed or challenged by our daily workload, depends very much on what we consume on an everyday basis.

In recognition of the fact that our inside "beauty" is every bit as important to our sense of well being as our outer appearance,
Spa Utopia
is excited to offer our valued guests Life Designs nutrition workshops, by Andrea Ferguson and her team of Certified Nutritionists. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from UBC and is also a BCRPA certified Fitness Leader. She developed Life Designs to help people achieve all-important balance in their lives. Now you too can benefit from Andrea's knowledge. 

Andrea Ferguson

Beginning January 2011, Spa Utopia is offering a series of workshops—Eat Right for Life (three separate seminars), Eat Right from the Start (one seminar for parents of 1 to 5-year-olds ) and Eat Right to Grow Right (one seminar for parents of 5 to 12-year-olds.)

Eat Right for Life seminars include:

Part 1: The three keys to healthy eating for life.  No more dieting. No more gimmicks. No more food restrictions, just a fresh perspective on weight management, eating healthfully and feeling good about yourself. You’ll learn how to think yourself healthy and why you need to abolish the words cheat, junk food and bad foods from your vocabulary. You’ll be excited and inspired about your new way of thinking and the results you will achieve.

Part 2: The five steps to determining what foods are right for you. Take control and learn how to become an expert label reader. By fully understanding nutritional labelling you will avoid making unhealthy food choices and avoid falling for marketing gimmicks that are a waste of your hard-earned money.

Part 3: The ten secrets to preparing easy, healthy meals and eliminating stress associated with mealtimes. Save time and money by becoming your own expert meal planner. Taught in a step-by-step format and with a simple-to-use guide to meal planning, this workshop will enable you to eliminate the stress of meal time preparation. You will be able to eat the foods you enjoy and have a plan that works for all members of your family—including the picky eaters.

During the Eat Right from the Start workshop, you will learn how to end the mealtime battle-zone and give your 1 to 5-year-old child/ren the best possible nutritional start in life. You will learn many tips on how to judge if a specific food is right for your little one, and how to get a picky eater to love vegetables. You will leave the workshop with a binder full of helpful information and the knowledge to empower your children to become good eaters for life.

During the Eat Right to Grow Right workshop, you will learn how to choose foods that will help your 5 to 12-year-old child/ren grow healthy and strong — in body as well as intellectual development. You will leave with the resources, tools and language needed to talk to your growing child/ren about eating healthfully, and you will learn the right ways to discuss food and body image. This will foster dialogue to help build self-esteem and establish good eating habits for life.

These workshops are available at all Spa Utopia locations—Pan Pacific, Langley and North Vancouver.  (Special pricing is available when attending all three seminars in the Eat Right for Life workshop, or both the Eat Right from the Start and Eat Right to Grow Right workshops.)

You can read more about the Eat Right for Life workshop here and the Eat Right from the Start and Eat Right to Grow Right workshops here on the Spa Utopia website. Please call or visit your preferred spa location to book.

Personal (private) consultations are also available with follow-up if desired.

The positive impact of eating healthy, enjoyable foods is immeasurable. Not only will you look and feel better, you will also gain a sense of balance that affects every aspect of your lifestyle. And when you feel balanced, there is nothing you cannot achieve!

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming workshops.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Spa Utopia introduces SilkPeel™: the ultimate treatment for beautiful skin

Imagine a skin treatment so advanced it gently exfoliates and infuses the skin with powerful antioxidants and other youth-enhancing ingredients at the same time! Better still, it can be customized to suit your skin's specific needs.

Spa Utopia is now offering SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ —cutting edge technology that makes your skin appear fresher, radiant and more youthful in one enjoyable procedure.

While using a special diamond-encrusted head to gently exfoliate the skin, the SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ unit vacuums away dead cells and other debris while simultaneously infusing your skin with a mixture of therapeutic ingredients, targeted to your unique needs. The solution doesn't just sit on top of your skin like a lotion or cream, instead, the SilkPeel™ patented handpiece delivers these ingredients to the skin's deeper layers where they are most effective in brightening, clarifying, and hydrating. Dermalinfusion™ optimizes the benefits of exfoliation and the effects of the serums without the often uncomfortable and painful effects that people experience with most peels.

The SilkPeel™ patented technology combines several different benefits in a single procedure, helping to achieve more youthful skin in less time and allowing you to see noticeable improvements with each and every session.

With four condition-specific treatment serums available, your Spa Utopia skin care professional will choose one or more of the formulations, targeted to your specific needs. (Due to the specialized nature of this treatment, a consultation is necessary prior to the procedure.)

Skin Brightening – Vitamin C Solution: Harnesses the power of Vitamin C to infuse the skin with powerful antioxidants. Targeted for environmental damage caused by daily exposure to sunlight, pollution and stress.

Skin Brightening – Lumixyl™ Pro-Infusion Solution: A powerful trio of Kojic Acid, Arbutin and Mulberry that work together to soften hyperpigmentation and to help protect the skin from future damage. Targeted for improvement of uneven pigmentation and dark spots.

Skin Clarifying Solution: Salicylic acid is the primary ingredient in this solution. With the addition of aloe extract, even the most sensitive, acne prone skin, has an option that is both soothing and effective.

Skin Hydrating Solution: Hyaluronic acid in this formulation acts as an excellent water reservoir to help preserve the characteristics of young healthy skin. Other powerful humectants added to the solution ensure your skin is infused with rich, nutritive moisture.

We know you'll love the way your skin looks after just one treatment with SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™!

For more information on SilkPeel™ or to schedule a consultation, please call your local Spa Utopia, or visit our website for more information.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Meet our Pan Pacific Spa Utopia & Salon™ Hair Design Team

Ask any "It" girl why her hair always looks so great and she'll probably smile secretively. Ask anyone who styles the hair of models and celebrities known for their crowning glory and they'll tell you this: That exceptionally beautiful styling is the result of exceptionally talented stylists!

Today, we'd like to introduce you to the Spa Utopia & Salon team of talented Hair Designers, including Ziba, Parke and Mot pictured below.

Clockwise from Left: Ziba, Parke and Mot (seated).

Spa Utopia & Salon Stylist, Ziba, has been privately trained by leading hair care company representatives of Davines, Schwarzkopf, Joico, Aveda, ISO, Paul Mitchell, Redken, Framesi and Goldwell. She has worked extensively in Laguna Beach, California, including operating her own company.

Ziba's expertise in colour and colour artistry, combined with her knowledge of specialized techniques, makes her popular with those seeking a little drama or a more natural look—just as nature intended. Creative, artistic and highly skilled in technique, Ziba is sought-after by Spa Utopia & Salon clients, who enjoy her quick wit and sense of humour as well as her ability to design a hairstyle suited to their unique personality and lifestyle.

Spa Utopia & Salon Stylist, Parke, is an Aveda-educated hair designer with an ongoing commitment to keeping up with all that's new and exciting in hair cutting, advanced colour technique, and make-up artistry.

To that end, he has recently taken part in workshops sponsored by Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Davines, Kerastase, Rusk, Toni & Guy, Goldwell, Schwarzkopf, and Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.
Salon guests are thrilled with Parke's ability to create the perfect hairstyle, and to make suggestions that only a true expert in style and technique could envision. A perfectionist with a fine eye for detail, Parke's love of his work, combined with innate talent, gives our guests plenty to smile about.

Spa Utopia & Salon Stylist, Mot, is  passionate about healthy, stylish hair that causes heads to turn. Providing styling for the Celine Dion Concert and David Foster shows in Vancouver, she is a recognized talent with over 18 years experience, six of them with Spa Utopia & Salon. Highly trained in colour, cut, perm and straightening techniques for both men and women, Mot has attended workshops by Redken, Sebastian, American Crew and ISO, and has attended seminars by Tim Hartley, former International Creative Director for Vidal Sassoon.

Sought after for weddings, graduations and other special events, Mot specializes in artistic sculpturing, colouring and highlighting the hair, using her unique sense of  "occasion." Salon guests are thrilled with her professionalism and flair for truly memorable hair design.

A special "meet your stylist" offer
Wanting to have your hair styled by one of Spa Utopia & Salon's talented stylists? Book any service with Ziba or Parke before December 10, 2010, and save 25%! Just mention special booking code PZ25 when you call our Pan Pacific location.

You can read more about Spa Utopia & Salon services here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spa Utopia asks, how social media savvy are you? (A lighthearted quiz)

Have fun with our multiple choice questions!

1. You're just about to run out of your favourite face cream, shampoo, bath product or makeup item and you aren't planning on a Spa Utopia service for another couple of weeks. Do you:

a) Jump in the car and drive to the spa anyway. Who cares that it's raining and you have guests for dinner?

b) Decide that you'll make do with an inferior product and pick up your favourite item during your next spa visit?

c) Throw a hissy fit and cancel all engagements until you can get to the spa, or

d) Bring up the Spa Utopia online store on your laptop and place an order. Your favourite product will soon be on its way.

2. You've just decided to have a girls' night out with your BFF. Beforehand, you want to visit Spa Utopia for a mani and pedi and want to know if they can fit you in at short notice. If only your phone hadn't gone dead five minutes ago... Do you:

a) Knock on your neighbour's door and ask to use his phone? Who cares that he's tall dark and single, and your hair's in rollers.

b) Spend 20 minutes looking for your charger, and considering painting your own toenails.

c) Sulk and plan to wear gloves and boots all evening.

d) Bring up the Spa Utopia website on your iPad and conveniently book online.

3. You love being in-the-know about all the great specials at Spa Utopia. It saves you money and you feel like you're one of the privileged few. You:

a) Drop off at the spa every day at opening time and quiz the staff.

b) Don't worry about it. You'll find out from a friend when the special's over, but that's life...

c) Specials? What specials?

d) Grab your Blackberry and visit the Spa Utopia blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

4. You've slipped up and forgotten your coworker's birthday. He's an angel but you don't have time to purchase a gift before work. You:

a) Rush out to buy a bunch of guy-flowers. You're all for originality.

b) Apologize profusely and ask him out for lunch. You just had too much on your mind.

c) Claim you were in a plane crash five years ago and have latent amnesia, or

d) Arrive at work a few minutes early, pull up the Spa Utopia website and print out a personalized Gift Certificate.

Your results:

Mostly a) Whew! You must be exhausted with all that running around. You need to book a pedicure fast (and check out the Spa Utopia website, shopping cart and social media pages when you have time...)

Mostly b) Common sense is the name of your game but you need to step out a little. Why not start with a new hairstyle from a Spa Utopia Salon? Checking out the Spa Utopia website, shopping cart and social media pages is also a good idea!

Mostly c) Oh dear... stress is clearly getting to you. You need a massage, and fast! When you get home, put your feet up and check out the Spa Utopia website, shopping cart and social media pages for light entertainment.

Mostly d) Well done! You're a social media maven and you deserve a reward. Spa Utopia would like to give you one. The first 50 people to make a purchase from the Spa Utopia online store will receive a 20% discount on any Spa Utopia Rosemary Mint or Moor Mud product. Simply enter the code BLOG20 at checkout! (Of course, even if your answers were mostly As, Bs, or Cs, you'll still qualify for this special offer...)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spa Utopia Healthy Breast Care for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time for learning as much as we can about how to prevent this disease. Some of us will run for those who have been stricken with breast cancer and others will give financially or donate time to breast cancer causes. And all of us should be more "breast aware."

Although we do not know what triggers most cases of breast cancer, it is important to maintain breast awareness so that we can recognize changes and report them to the doctor. Most lumps are benign, but it is always important to report any breast changes, if nothing other than to set your mind at rest.

For the month of October, Spa Utopia encourages every woman to become more aware of her breast area and to follow the breast health program suggested by her doctor. We are also offering a savings of 15 per cent for our Healthy Breast Care treatments. (Just quote the word "PINK" when you call in to book your service.)

Spa Utopia Healthy Breast Care Massage Treatments

Almost all women experience breast tenderness or pain some time during their lives. This could be due to breast disease, injury, premenstrual symptoms such as tenderness and swelling, or following surgical procedures such as reductions or biopsies.

Spa Utopia therapeutic massage treatments for the breast area improve blood and lymphatic circulation. Our goal is to decrease pain and tenderness, improve the mobility of scar tissue and to reduce the risk of some breast diseases. Your first visit includes a consultation with a senior Registered Massage Therapist to develop a breast care treatment plan. (Practitioners who give these treatments have a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice and have successfully completed advanced training in breast care.)

Choose between two 80-minute Breast Health treatments: General Health Care for the Breast and Post-Surgical Breast Care.  For more information on Spa Utopia Breast Health treatments, please visit our website or call any one of our three locations.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spa Utopia Health & Beauty Notes #1 Why sleep makes your skin look better (and helps keep those cold and flu bugs away)

Virtually everyone has noticed the remarkable difference a good night's sleep can make to the skin. But
what exactly happens to the skin and the rest of the body during those hours of shut-eye?

During sleep, the body regenerates itself according to a complex schedule. Soon after we fall asleep, certain processes take place that are quite different from those that happen after a few hours of sleep. (This is why waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back to sleep is so disruptive to the following day's schedule. Our bodies have undergone only part of the renewal necessary for proper function the following day.)

Among these processes is the renewal of the immune system—so important at this time of year when children are back at school and "winter ills" begin to spread. It's no myth that one of the best things you can do if you feel a cold coming on is to go to bed early. During sleep, the immune system restores itself and gathers together its cold-and flu busting powers.
During the six phases of sleep, the body undergoes a vast number of functions. During the third and fourth phase of deep sleep (each lasting on average 100 minutes), growth hormones are secreted. These hormones help repair and rebuild the tissues of the body, including the skin. During this deep sleep, or delta sleep, the body's cells increase production, and reduce breakdown, of proteins. This includes the skin's supportive structures, collagen and elastin. Any damage that the skin has incurred, such as that caused by ultraviolet light, is repaired during this phase of sleep. The skin's antioxidant activity also increases, reducing damage from free radicals.

One or two nights of disrupted sleep won't affect your body in the long term. However, missing out on one or two hours sleep nightly will age the skin more rapidly and gradually wear down the immune system. Chronic lack of sleep also increases the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which further reduces the body's ability to regenerate and restore itself. If you're having difficulty sleeping, which happens to us all from time to time, you might want to check with a health professional to determine of a melatonin supplement might help you. Melatonin helps set your sleeping clock, which is why it can be so helpful if you have jet lag.
And how long should you sleep? When in good health, the experts say between seven and nine hours, with eight hours being the ideal. More than nine hours—unless you are sick—appears to stress the body.
Back to your skin: Since most of its repair processes take place during sleep, it makes sense to feed your skin during this time. Spa Utopia carries a number of professional quality night creams, such as Comfort Zone Renight Recover that will provide your skin with supportive ingredients. (And now, you can purchase these from our online store—at any time of the day or night...)

For more information on what skincare formulations will best help your skin's night time repair process, please talk to your Spa Utopia technician.

Monday, August 23, 2010

St. Tropez Tan arrives at Spa Utopia!

Who among us hasn't wished for that glorious, all-over, glamorous tan - without the risk of burning, or dry, aged skin?  Now, you can look as gorgeous as all those perfectly-tanned Oscar invitees, with St. Tropez Tan!

St. Tropez Tan has been in the business of developing specialized self-tanning solutions for more than 15 years. The result is an unparalleled sunless tanning system found only in world class spas throughout Europe and North America. The exceptional spa procedure and product line has a dedicated following of beauty journalists, makeup artists and celebrities, including the participants on Dancing With the Stars

Available from Spa Utopia, the 15-minute full body procedure applies the special St. Tropez Tan formulation for a rich, natural-looking glow. The spray tan is applied by a trained technician, for the most natural-looking result possible.

Up until recently, one of the problems with self-tanners has been the tell-tale odour of DHA. This is the ingredient that reacts with the skin's keratin to develop colour. St. Tropez Tan professional and retail formulations now contain Aromaguard™ fragrance technology, which effectively reduces the tell-tale scent by 70 percent. To prevent the orange cast associated with self-tanning products, St. Tropez Tan contains special vegetable dyes that instead create an authentic bronze/gold hue. The formula also contains aloe vera for added hydration, increasing the longevity of your tan.

St. Tropez Products for Home Application (how to maintain your luscious tan...)

After your St. Tropez Tan treatment at Spa Utopia, you will want to extend the life of your new and enviable colour! (Your spray tan will last, on average, four days.)

To better maintain colour, we recommend St. Tropez Tan Optimizer formulations, which contain no colour and are also recommended to prepare your skin for a Spa Utopia St. Tropez Tan treatment.

St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Shower Cream: Well nourished, deeply moisturized skin is essential for a natural looking tan. This refreshing and luxurious shower cream is enriched with Mediterranean grapeseed, olive and sunflower oils blended with organic aloe vera, to help leave skin silky soft and beautifully smooth.

St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polisher:  This will refine and renew skin to create a long lasting tan. The large round beads are gentle on the skin and leave your body feeling polished all over.

St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Lotion:  This luxurious body moisturizer blends botanicals, essential oils and herbs, in an aloe vera enriched base. For a richer, longer lasting tan use daily to replenish lost moisture.

St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Butter:  This richly indulgent balm bursts with cocoa butter and natural oils that simply melt into your skin.

To further help you retain your glorious glow (or to develop it should you decide to go it alone),  we recommend you use either the St. Tropez Self Tan or Everyday Gradual Tan product line.

St. Tropez Self Tan products produce a rich bronze tone and contain a "guide colour" so that you can see where you are applying the tan. Choose from Mousse, Lotion and a convenient superfine Spray format with 360° technology that lets you target those hard-to-reach areas. (Your tan will develop in 4 - 8 hours.)  Also available is a Tan Intensifier - a lightweight easy-to-use lotion specially formulated to make your self-tan last longer. Simply smooth on for an instant colour boost. This unique lotion is infused with rich Mediterranean oils, antioxidant Vitamin E and a specialized blending of tanners to help prolong your golden, natural looking tan.

St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan products produce a natural looking glow with no guide colour. The colour develops gradually, each application of product building on the next. Choose from Everyday Perfect Legs for gorgeously golden gams, Everyday Body (light/med or med/dark), Everyday Face (light/med or med/dark), Everyday Mousse and Gradual Tan Spray with 360° technology.

Also available is the St. Tropez Self-Tanning Kit containing Bronzing Lotion, Body Polish and Body Moisturizer.

Spa Utopia also carries a handy application mitt and St. Tropez Self-tan Remover, which helps keep your hands free from colour, and "undoes" areas inadvertently overtanned.

Please note that none of the St. Tropez treatments or products for home use contains an SPF. It is therefore important to wear a sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.  

For more information on how you can benefit from St. Tropez Tan treatments and retail products, please contact your local Spa Utopia, or visit our website:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Therapeutic Massage: Enjoy it more at Spa Utopia

Has your health care professional recommended that you undergo massage therapy? Are you uncertain of whom to call to set up an appointment with a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?  Or perhaps you simply wish to benefit from therapeutic massage outside of a health plan...

Most extended health care plans fully or partially cover massage therapy when performed by an RMT, a fact of which many people are not aware. Spa Utopia has for many years offered spa guests the services of professional massage therapy, and is in fact the province's largest employer of RMTs. What does this mean for you? That you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of professional massage in our beautiful spa surroundings, and likely be covered by your extended health care plan! (Of course, any spa guest can enjoy the many benefits of massage therapy, inside or outside of an extended health care plan.)

All you need do for reimbursement by your extended health plan is to first check with your plan provider that massage therapy is covered (or partially covered), then request the services of an RMT when you book your appointment. After you have enjoyed your massage and attended to the payment, you  will receive a receipt with your RMT's billing number, which can then be submitted to your plan for reimbursement. If you have an open WCB or ICBC claim, certain provisions apply.*

British Columbia Registered Massage Therapists have completed a minimum 3000 hours of training - the most comprehensive in North America. RMTs who practise at Spa Utopia are required to successfully complete additional training to ensure the service that spa guests receive is unmatched in terms of benefit and enjoyment. To maintain our high standards, we consistently evaluate our services and require that our massage practitioners participate in ongoing training.

Advanced Therapeutic Massage

Spa Utopia offers a number of treatments for specific health conditions such as headaches, arthritis, lower back pain, sciatica and neck and shoulder pain. These have been designed by Spa Utopia RMTs and safely complement medical treatments you may be receiving for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, or stress-related conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Our treatments include Designed for U, where one of our RMTs will work with you to design a specific treatment targeted to your primary concerns; Utopia™ Sport Massage to ease muscular aches and pains and get you back to the playing field faster; Postural Restoration for people who spend long hours seated; Tension Headaches for those who "carry" tension around with them, particularly in the neck and shoulders; Easy Breath for people with breathing challenges, anxiety and injury to the ribs, and Easy Digest for people with stomach and bowel issues, bloating or TMD. (All these massages can be adapted to suit your specific concerns, and to make sure you derive maximum benefit from your session.)

All session times include consultation and/or assessment procedures, and we therefore suggest your first session consist of 80 minutes.

For further information on Therapeutic Massage at Spa Utopia, please contact your local spa, or visit our website.

* Spa guests booking a massage treatment when they have an open ICBC or WCB claim, must book  an RMT and will not be able to book a service with a non-registered therapist. Guests with WCB claims must sign a waiver and are limited to a "relaxation" service only (not a therapeutic treatment).

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Utopia Academy. Register now for September 2010 admission!

Are you fascinated by the world of beauty and hair design? Does the idea of helping others to feel and look their best excite you?  Do you wish you could make a career choice that would truly enthrall you every day of your working life?

If so, a career in Esthetics, Hair Design or Massage Therapy could be the perfect choice for you.

Utopia Academy prepares men and women for careers in all three areas, exceeding industry standards in curriculum and teaching. Every year Utopia Academy graduates people just like you into rewarding careers as estheticians, hair stylists and massage therapists. Demand for these services has never been higher, and you will have the opportunity to capitalize on this growing need!

Esthetics Program (Abbotsford Campus)

Start on the path to success by enrolling in Utopia Academy’s Esthetics Program today, and in six months you can be well on your way to a bright future. 

Utopia Academy’s Advanced Esthetic Program gives students a solid foundation with the necessary studies of regular esthetics and 50% more of advanced theory and practical applications. This prepares students for a solid start in the cosmetology industry. The full-time Esthetics Program consists of 900 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks, or approximately 6 months and is fully accredited by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency).

Hair Design (Abbotsford Campus)

Utopia Academy is respected by top salon owners and hair stylists. Our faculty of experienced and friendly professionals can start you on the path to a rewarding and lucrative career.

Your eye for fashion and design could be the tools to unlock your creativity as a stylist. Utopia Academy will mold your raw talents into something special while you prepare for a career you'll love. The full-time Hair Design Program consists of 1500 hours of training over the course of 40 weeks, or approximately 10 months, and is fully accredited by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency).

Massage Therapy (Vancouver Campus)

Our state-of-the-art massage college, located in Vancouver BC, is your best choice for an education in Massage Therapy. Utopia Academy is fully accredited by both the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency).

With smaller class sizes, a convenient Vancouver location, experienced instructors, and training in Hydrotherapy, Utopia Academy is your perfect choice to start your career in Massage Therapy.
Guided by values of respect, passion, integrity and compassion, our program skillfully combines the clinical and wellness models of massage therapy and is taught in five levels. As a school accredited by the College of Massage Therapists of BC, we prepare students to succeed by teaching them the skills necessary to complete the standard provincial examinations. At the end of level 500, the student will have 3000 hours of tuition and will be prepared to sit for the provincial registration examinations set by the College.
Health and Beauty services at discounted cost (a benefit for both our students and members of the community)

Both the Abbotsford and Vancouver campus host Student/Public Clinics where students acquire hands-on experience performing services on clients. This means members of the public who might not be able to invest money in beauty services at a spa or salon can now enjoy quality services at discounted prices. (All services are overseen by training staff.)

Utopia Academy opened its doors in 1996 in Abbotsford, BC. The Academy’s excellent reputation in the health and beauty industry accounts for a 93%+ employment rate. The ongoing growth and success of our partner, Spa Utopia™, assures that Utopia Academy students can be confident that they are joining a school that understands the importance of a solid education, and what it takes to succeed in today’s health and beauty industry. Utopia Academy is registered and accredited with PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutes Agency (of B.C.)

It's time to make a decision about your future! Why not call Utopia Academy today at 606.859.3777 (toll free: 877.859.3777) to discuss our programs in more detail? You can also visit the Utopia Academy website at for more information and to take advantage of our limited time offer $2000 Tuition Grant.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spa Utopia Perfect Sense Paraffin Infusion Mask a must for hands and feet.

If you are about to enjoy an Exclusive Manicure or Exclusive Pedicure at Spa Utopia, you'll experience the soothing, hydrating effects of a PerfectSense™ Paraffin Infusion Mask. You can also enjoy the benefits of a PerfectSense™ infusion as an add-on to any 75 minute spa or salon treatment.*

PerfectSense™ Paraffin Infusion Mask consists of medical grade paraffin enriched with 11 vitamins and minerals essential for healthy, vibrant skin. You will love the aroma and invigorating effects of the eucalyptus, mandarin orange, spearmint and peppermint essences present in this treatment. The infusion mask is heated to a comfortable temperature that increases circulation and helps relieve joint pain. The occlusive effect of the mask increases skin hydration for softer, more comfortable and prettier hands and feet!  Many spa members simply would not feel they had the "full" treatment without a luxurious, relaxing PerfectSense™ paraffin treatment...

*PerfectSense™ Paraffin Infusion Mask for the hands is also included in the Utopia™ Signature Facial, and may be added to any 75 minute spa or salon treatment for $25.

Don't forget!

Spa Utopia's CHI ceramic nail lacquer promotion is still available while quantities last. This is a wonderful opportunity to try the polish that cares as much for your health and well-being as your beauty, and receive a FREE Base/Top Coat.

...and there is still time to benefit from a Spa Utopia exclusive 100% Canadian Treasures body treatment and receive a FREE one-litre bottle of hydrating Spa Utopia Moor Mud Bath.

Spa Utopia wishes you a wonderful, sunny week, so you can truly show off your beautiful hands and feet!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Spa Utopia is pleased to offer CHI nail polish - the gold standard in healthy nail colour that resists fading and chipping

It's summer and you'll be wanting to show off your "perfect 20" finger and toenails. You also want to make sure that the lacquer applied to your nails is as healthy as possible. Toluene, formaldehyde and DBP have recently been isolated as ingredients that may possibly be harmful to your health and you don't want to take risks. Welcome to CHI: the nail lacquer that cares as much for your well-being as your beauty.

Free from harmful ingredients, CHI exclusive ceramic nail lacquers are chip resistant, long lasting, and formulated with CHI 44 Ceramic, silk and nano silver. Available in an array of 54 truly spectacular colours and finishes, they also contain UV protection to resist fading and keep colours fresh.

The inclusion of nano silver in CHI nail lacquers eliminates bacteria and fungi to ensure your nail surfaces remain infection-free, while silk provides high-gloss shine, superior durability and ease of application. Plus, you'll love the functional bottle design with soft touch lid for enhanced grip.

Also available from Spa Utopia are CHI Treatment formulations. Each CHI Treatment product contains the safest and most innovative ingredients available today. So whether your nails are brittle and weak, uneven or rough, there is a CHI treatment (or treatments) that is perfect for you:

• Strengthener – to harden the nail plate and help prevent splitting and breakage

• Ridge Filler - to smooth out ridges and ensure a perfect base for your lacquer

• Cuticle Oil – to nourish the nail matrix for healthier nails

• Base Bonder – to enhance lacquer adhesion for longer wear

• Drying Drops – to speed dry to the touch in just 60 seconds

Spa Utopia manicures and pedicures now include the optional application of CHI ceramic nail lacquer.

Right now, at Spa Utopia, receive a FREE CHI Base/Top Coat with the purchase of any CHI nail laquer. ONLY while quantities last. 

We want you to look and be as beautiful and healthy as possible - right down to your fingers and toes!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Spa Utopia tips to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays

Although most of us understand that the single greatest cause to skin aging is the sun, and most of us remember to wear sunscreen on the beach, almost everyone forgets their sunscreen from time to time.  And even if we're vigilant about using sunscreen on a sunny day, it's easy to forget that the UVA rays that cause deep wrinkling are about us every day of the year, even when it's raining!  UVA rays are the light we see as daylight. They penetrate deeper into the skin than the UVB rays that are responsible for tanning and burning, scrambling the proteins that form the skin's supportive matrix, in much the same way that heat scrambles an egg. They even penetrate glass, aging your skin as you work by your office window, or drive to the mall. (Have you noticed how your skin is more pigmented on the driver's side, if you often drive, and on the passenger side if you normally leave the driving to someone else?)

In the summer, the damage caused by UVA light is intensified by the UVB rays that are strongest at this time of year. UVB light can also cause wrinkling, along with drying and burning of the skin's surface layers.

Adding to the bad news is the fact that sun damage is cumulative—a little more taking place every time you are exposed to sunlight until the skin's collagen and elastin finally break down causing sagging and wrinkling.

All this could be avoided if we remembered to apply a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protective) sunscreen every day.

Spa Utopia has a few good suggestions on how to make sure your skin is always protected from aging UV rays.

Available at all our locations is Pro-Derm™ SPF 60—a professional quality sunscreen that's free from parabens.  Pro-Derm™ SPF 60 is light-weight, penetrates rapidly, contains no colourants and does not have a whitening effect on the skin. It is enriched with natural protectors such as Ectoin (extremely effective against UVA damage), Omega and Shea Butter, antioxidants such as Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) and Vitamin E, and Rosa Mosqueta essential oil. 

This product should be applied after cleansing, and 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure, to allow the protective ingredients to penetrate the skin.

This outstanding formulation was originally designed for use with anti-aging or medical skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, peels and skin tightening.

Many Jane Iredale mineral formulations, also available at Spa Utopia, have an SPF high enough to protect you from the sun, (including daily damage from UVA rays).  Especially popular and effective are

Dream Tint  SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, a super-absorbent, hydrating and calming formulation that minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

Powder-Me SPF™ Dry Sunscreen - SPF 30, a translucent, tinted loose powder beloved of many Spa Utopia clients!

PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation - SPF 20, a sheer, semi-matte foundation that also acts as a concealer.

Amazing Base® Loose Mineral Foundation - SPF 20, a silky, creamy and luminous powder you're sure to love.

Absence® Oil Control Primer - SPF 15, suitable for all skin types and may be worn under base or foundation.

PureMoist™ Lip Colour - SPF 18, a creamy, moist formula with staying power, and

Lip Drink™ - SPF 15, a colourless lip balm to keep your lips super soft and smooth.

Other tips to protect your skin

Always wear a sun hat. You'll look cool and your skin will thank you for it.

Wear long sleeves when you can. Arms age quickly as they are often exposed to the sun.

Remember to apply sunscreen to the back of your hands every day.

Always wear sun glasses when outside in the sun. UV light contributes to the development of cataracts.

Try to stay out of direct sunlight from 11 am to 4 pm daily.

A Special offer...

Spa Utopia Facebook Fans quoting the code provided will receive 10% off any product with an SPF purchased from Spa Utopia. To become a Facebook Fan, please click on the link in the sidebar.

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's bare legs time! Make sure they're silky smooth with Spa Utopia Comfort Zone Soft Sense Wax Treatment

It's finally summer and time to bare those legs! Make sure yours are super-smooth and soft, with a Spa Utopia Comfort Zone Soft Sense Wax Treatment.  After your waxing treatment, your skin will further benefit from the application of Soft Sense—an innovative skincare formulation rich in botanicals that both softens hair and prolongs the amount of time for regrowth to occur. (That means you'll stay silky smooth longer and maximize the benefits of the waxing...)

Spa Utopia Comfort Zone Soft Sense Wax is imported from Italy and is extremely gentle. The high titanium dioxide content allows the wax to be heated to a lower temperature, providing epilation with little redness. Our technical precision during application results in less hair breakage and discourages ingrown hairs.

Soft Sense contains water lily extract, which provides the skin with elements required to produce elastin and collagen—the supportive structures that keep it youthful and supple. Oils of sweet almond, wheat germ and jojoba work synergistically with allantoin to soothe and desensitize the skin, leaving it smooth and comfortable. Best of all, you'll notice your hair is slower to make an appearance again.

Of course, this treatment is also perfect for the bikini line. (In fact, Comfort Zone Soft Sense Wax may be applied to any area requiring epilation, including the face...)

Spa Special! For the week beginning July 5, 2010, Spa Utopia Facebook fans who use the special promotional code will receive 10% off a Comfort Zone Soft Sense Wax Treatment. (Just click on the Facebook icon in the sidebar to visit Facebook.)

Please note that a minimum growth of 1/4 inch is required for this treatment.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Celebrate Canada at Spa Utopia with 100% Canadian Treasures Treatments

If you're a Canadian, you'll know we truly do live in The Best Place on Earth. (If you are a visitor to our country, we hope you'll forgive our sometimes overboard sense of pride...)

To celebrate the birthday of our great country, why not book one of Spa Utopia's unique 100% Canadian Treasures Treatments? These specialized treatments include West Coast Seaweed Journey, Deep Earth Mineral Voyage and Hot Chocolate Bliss.

Canadian Treasures Treatments focus on Canada's abundant and sustainable natural resources of mud, clay, salts and healing West Coast seaweeds. 

West Coast Seaweed Journey

 This treatment begins with a full body exfoliation to prepare your skin for our nourishing seaweed body wrap. British Columbia's outer sea coast is home to over 500 species of seaweed. Since sea water has a similar chemical make-up as human plasma, the body easily absorbs the rich nutrients from sea plants, including a variety of healthful vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Seaweed treatments help stimulate lymph drainage, reduce cellulite, rid the body of toxins, balance body chemistry, reduce tension and beautify the skin texture.

Next, you'll enjoy being immersed in our hydrotherapy tub to soak in skin-revitalizing seaweeds. This deeply relaxing yet energizing treatment is topped off with a soothing full body massage using our unique signature blend of oils.

Deep Earth Mineral Voyage

Following a dry loofah exfoliation, you will be treated to the gentle detoxifying and nourishing effects of a full body dark mineral clay wrap. Clay is one of nature's best detoxifiers. Its molecular structure allows it to absorb water and oil, and remove impurities and toxins from deep within the skin. In addition to its cleansing effects, our Canadian dark clay stimulates the skin's circulation, making your skin feel silky smooth, stimulated and refreshed.

After this you will enjoy a revitalizing hydro-tub session soaking in Canada's very own 4 million-year-old ancient sea salt. A full-body aroma oil Swedish Massage tops off this invigorating treatment.

Hot Chocolate Bliss

Satisfy your sweet tooth! After a natural sisal exfoliation, you will receive a deliciously warm chocolate moor mud wrap that will soothe your aches and pains and provide a deep sense of relaxation. The Canadian moor mud used by Spa Utopia is one of the rarest in the world, free from contamination and rich in mineral elements. Our moor mud helps reduce inflammation, promotes detoxification and aids sleep. Cocoa added to the mud increases your metabolism, encouraging weight loss.

Following your wrap, you will "melt" in our luxurious hydro-tub before experiencing a full body Swedish Massage.'s pure Bliss!

Watch a video of Spa Utopia Hot Chocolate Bliss treatment:

Please note that Spa Utopia will be closed Thursday, July 1, to celebrate our great country. As a thank you to our Facebook Fans and Twitter followers, you will receive a free 32 oz. bottle of 100% Canadian Pine or Chocolate Mud Bath for the month of July when you visit any Spa Utopia location to experience a 100 min. 100% Canadian Treasure Treatment. (To receive this special offer, you must quote the code provided on Facebook. The Facebook link is in the sidebar.)

Happy Canada Day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Father's Day from Spa Utopia

Sunday, June 20, is Father's Day and you'll be wanting to show that extra special dad just how much you appreciate all that he has done for you. (And perhaps some very little people will want to show how much they appreciate all that will be done for them!)

Spa Utopia has a number of services just for men, including the Equalizer Facial to purify and rebalance hard-working skin; the Anti-Stress Facial to soothe skin exposed to harsh elements and reverse the dehydration caused by frequent flying or sun exposure; the Age Performer Facial to encourage a more youthful appearance; the Back Zone Treatment to help eliminate the dead skin build-up that contributes to clogged pores and blackheads; Nail Grooming for Hands, and Nail Grooming for Feet.

And is there a hard-working dad anywhere who doesn't love the idea of a stress-reducing, game-improving massage?

This Father's Day, why not treat the father/s in your life to one of the following massages? (A full list of massage treatments available can be found on our website.)

Utopia Royal Massage (100 minutes)
This full body Swedish massage will make Dad feel like a king! It includes warm towel wipes that increase circulation to the skin, warm stones placed on the back to heat back muscles, steam to the face and scalp to calm common tension areas, and a relaxation massage that pays extra attention to the face, scalp and feet. The Utopia™ Royal Massage eases aching muscles and induces the peace of mind that is so deserved.

Utopia Signature Massage (75 minutes)
Unique to Spa Utopia, the Utopia™ Signature Massage is perfect for stressed-out fathers. Surrendering to the sensations of hot stones and warm towels stimulates circulation and relaxes tired, achy muscles. Essential oil blends and soothing hands will promote deep relaxation and a sense of renewal. (Many men say that a deep, stimulating massage both calms and relaxes them, yet leaves the body renewed and refreshed. This is why golfers, soccer players, and other sports enthusiasts insist on a deep massage to help their performance...)

Utopia Classic Swedish Full Body Massage (75 minutes)
This classic form of massage is a wonderful introduction to spa treatments! A Utopia™ Classic Swedish Full Body Massage will promote Dad's good health by loosening his muscles and invigorating tissues, evoking feelings of tranquility and well-being.

To learn more about Spa Utopia treatments for deserving dads, please visit our website, or call your local Spa Utopia to book. We wish a wonderful Father's Day to all!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Introducing Spa Utopia New Services, and Service Directory

As the days grow ever longer and warmer, it's even more important to nurture the body and soul. With revealing clothing comes the need to have skin that glows with health, and to this end Spa Utopia has introduced a new Cocooning Body Treatment: the Amazon Berry Wrap.

Summer can also be a time of stress, as we try to balance workload, family commitments, and the desire to get out in the sunshine for some personal play time. To alleviate a common symptom of stress, we have also introduced a new Advanced Therapeutic Massage, for tension headaches.

The Amazon Berry Wrap

Relax deeply as you are wrapped in goodness from the amazing açai berry. Açai berries are harvested using sustainable methods to preserve the Amazon rainforest and are rich in antioxidants. These free-radical fighters help protect against environmental damage to the skin.

The Spa Utopia Amazon Berry Wrap also incorporates capuaçu butter to increase the skin's moisture levels. This rich emollient is derived from the seeds of the cupuaçu tree, which grows prolifically in the rainforest. The butter is believed to increase the skin's elasticity as well as providing deep, long-lasting  hydration. During this exotic rainforest experience, you will also enjoy a facial cleanse and treatment mask.

Advanced Therapeutic Massage for Tension Headaches

Designed by Spa Utopia Registered Massage Therapists, the Tension Headache Treatment  decreases the musculoskeletal tissue tension that results from work and life stresses. Treatments may, over time, decrease the frequency and duration of headaches.

If you suffer from head pain and are tired of being "forever on the run," why not schedule a professional massage that will transport you to a state of deep relaxation? After all, you have earned it and it just may well put an end to the headaches associated with your hectic lifestyle.

To learn more about these treatments, or to book an appointment, please contact your local Spa Utopia, or visit our website:  Our new service directory is available now at all our locations.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Spa Utopia: True beauty lies in the spirit of giving...

Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Spa Utopia. Employees, spa guests, shareholders and owners alike believe in the spirit of giving and reaching out to help others in their time of need. Just knowing that their contribution provides a better life for another person or persons in some small way is not to be overlooked. To this end, in 2006, we established The Utopia Foundation which to date has raised over $250,000 for global and local charities

Last week, the Utopia Foundation presented $6,500 to each of three local Charities—Canuck Place Children's Hospice, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, and the Rick Hansen Foundation

Money is raised by volunteer staff who provide services outside of regular spa hours during our Days of Giving. Our staff and students volunteer their time, and Spa Utopia and Utopia Academy donate 100 percent of the proceeds from services and retail purchases. More funds are raised by staff organizing activities such as potluck lunches, bake sales, lunchroom "snack shacks" and donation boxes.

The owners of Spa Utopia and Utopia Academy would like to thank all involved for so generously volunteering their time and expertise to make these donations possible. This—and you—are truly appreciated.

More about Canuck Place Children's Hospice: Canuck Place encourages each child to ‘embrace life’ and believes in enhancing the quality of whatever time a child may have left by empowering them to live fully and joyfully.

At the moment, there are about 400 children and families from across British Columbia in the Canuck Place program. Their current budget allows them to provide in-hospice care for up to nine children and four families.

In addition to their core services in the Hospice, they provide consultation and education services to care providers and families. Because of the generosity of donors and volunteers, all of their services are provided free of charge.

More about BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre: BC Women's focuses its research, teaching and care on women's health and the health of their families, including their emotional, mental, social, spiritual and physical well-being.

The direct focus on women has allowed BC Women's to pioneer the creation of specialized programs designed to meet the health needs of women and their families. Donations enable them to give vital and appropriate care through: •Advanced diagnostic and other essential equipment  •Primary women's wellness initiatives throughout the province  •New and innovative preventative health programs  •Research that will inform all their programs and treatments •Recruitment of the brightest lights in women's health care.

More about the Rick Hansen Foundation:  Twenty five years following his legendary Man In Motion World Tour, Rick Hansen’s journey to realize his dream of a world inclusive and accessible to all, continues. Building on a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments, Rick believes his best work is still in front of him; challenging us to dream extraordinary dreams, to focus attention on accessibility and to remind everyone that when we remove barriers, anything is possible.
The Foundation is dedicated to finding the cure for spinal cord injury and making communities fully accessible and inclusive.