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.