Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Your Future Awaits: Make 2011 the year you start a rewarding career through Utopia Academy

Utopia Academy would like to ask a very important question at the start of this new year. Are you passionate about what you do for a living?  Many men and women know exactly what they want to do, and are already on the right path to achieving their career goals. An equal number (if not more) are unsure of what they want, or feel "stuck" in a position that fails to inspire them.

If you are one of these people, and you know you want to interact with others as you help them achieve their health, wellness and beauty goals, Utopia Academy is the gateway to your future...

Choose from a career as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), an esthetician or hair stylist and begin your journey to a rewarding future at Utopia Academy.

Faculty of Massage Therapy

The Registered Massage Therapy program at our Vancouver Campus is fully accredited by both the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. and the Private Career Training Institutions Agency.

Massage therapists are in great demand. With a 93% pass rate and 95% student employment, Utopia Academy is established as the leader in massage therapy training.

With smaller class sizes, a convenient Vancouver location, and experienced instructors, Utopia Academy is the perfect choice to start your career in Massage Therapy.

You can read  more about Utopia Academy's Faculty of Massage Therapy here. Government funding may be available for qualifying students.

Faculty of Esthetics

Utopia Academy's Faculty of Esthetics in Abbotsford, BC, is the training ground for an exciting career as an esthetician. As a student, you will learn in a small group under guided supervision to gain hands-on experience that both inspires confidence and ensures professionalism.

Esthetics is a rapidly growing sector of the health and beauty industry, and qualified estheticians are always in demand to help people look and feel their very best.

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. Our 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 will prepare you 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.

You can read more about Utopia Academy's Faculty of Esthetics here. Government funding may be available for qualifying students.

Faculty of Hair Design

For many men and women, a career as a top-notch hair stylist is the ultimate dream. Now you can learn hair design at one of the most prestigious schools in Western Canada.

Utopia Academy's Faculty of Hair Design in Abbotsford graduates students with a solid basis in the fundamentals of hair art, science and design. Our program exceeds industry standards for hair stylists, and teaches essential business, technical and academic skills to ensure your success. Well 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 that you'll truly love.

You can read more about Utopia Academy's Faculty of Hair Design here.

Utopia Academy opened its doors in 1996 in Abbotsford, B.C. 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! Call us today to inquire about our Esthetics program or Hair Design program at 604.859.3777 (toll free: 877.859.3777).
To inquire about our Massage Therapy program call us at 604-681-4450 (toll free: 1-888-681-4450).

Massage, Esthetics and Hair Design services at reduced cost

Did you know that supervised Utopia Academy students can provide you with massage, esthetic and salon services at reduced costs as part of their hands-on training?  This is an excellent opportunity for you to benefit from the service of your choice at a fraction of the cost, and for students to interact with their future clients in a fully professional setting.  During your service or treatment, the student will be supervised by knowledgeable and experienced instructors. (Our instructors are all registered professionals with the Cosmetology Industry Association of BC or are Registered Massage Therapists who meet or exceed the requirements for instruction as determined by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Have a (Starbucks) Tazo® tea on us!

Tea not only makes you feel good when sipping, it also has a number of health benefits, including a raft of antioxidants and the ability to relax you.

To increase your pleasure and relaxation during your next visit to Spa Utopia, from Monday, January 17 to Tuesday, March 1, you will be offered a Tazo® tea treat, courtesy of Starbucks and Spa Utopia, when you visit any of our three locations. (So plan to lounge a little longer to enjoy the simple pleasure of a distinctively good cup of tea.)

Tazo® teas from Starbucks are full-leaf teas made from historical recipes, created by master blenders who combine botanicals and spices to deliver a range of rich or subtle flavour cues. The teas are placed in silken sachets that fully transfer the flavours for your complete enjoyment. With their unique formulations, sipping a Starbucks Tazo® tea before or after your spa treatment offers a much needed daily pause to further relax, rejuvenate and refresh your mind, body and soul. As a spa guest, you will also receive a take-away sample of Vanilla Rooibos Tazo® tea to enjoy at home or share with a friend. This indulgent blend combines the crisp tartness of apples, the sweet, soft notes of peach, rich Tahitian vanilla and the creamy, malty flavour of rooibos for a rich, yet guilt-free cup of tea.

Here are the choices of Tazo® tea available for sipping at all Spa Utopia locations:

- Awake - This eye-opening black tea blend has a full, rich flavour with hints of dark caramel, malt and subtle smokiness. It's perfect with milk.

Chai - An authentic blend of rich black Indian teas and aromatic spices in the style of the hill-dwellers of the Himalayas.

Zen - A distinctly flavoured green tea accented with lemon and mint, best known for its sweet, earthy, lingering flavour.

Orange Blossom - An uplifting blend of fragrant jasmine green tea, goji berries, refreshing citrus essences and other soothing herbs, this delightful citrus-scented tea will engage and delight your senses.

Calm™ (Caffeine Free/Herbal Infusion) - This comforting blend of chamomile, rose petals and other soothing herbs has a wonderful floral bouquet with an apple-like flavour and distinct toasty notes.

Refresh™ (Caffeine Free/Herbal Infusion) - Peppermint leaves impart a creamy, chocolaty flavour combined with the bright, piercing flavour of spearmint and a touch of the licorice-like flavour of tarragon.

Passion™ (Caffeine Free/Herbal Infusion) - A bold blend of hibiscus, rose hips, sweet cinnamon, papaya and mango, this tart-yet-sweet tea may just ignite your own passions!

We look forward to serving you the Starbucks Tazo® tea flavour of your choice as part of your relaxation experience at Spa Utopia.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year, New You!

Everyone loves the New Year! It's a chance for complete renewal, of body, mind and spirit and a time to set goals and find ways of reaching them.

Spa Utopia wants to help you reach your beauty and wellness goals, and we have a number of exciting programs and services to do just that.

For example, if feeling fitter and better weight management are your goals, or you want to ensure your family eats more nutritiously this year, we have recently launched Life Designs Nutrition Workshops with Andrea Ferguson and her team of certified nutritionists. The workshops begin in January and include Eat Right for Life (three separate seminars) addressing adults' nutritional needs, as well as Eat Right from the Start (a seminar for parents of 1 to 5-year-olds ) and Eat Right to Grow Right (a seminar for parents of 5 to 12-year-olds).

One of the benefits of taking a nutrition workshop is that you will better understand the concept of yo-yo dieting and how easy it is to set yourself up for failure when restricting calories. Learning more about the roles various foods play in weight management and how to make delicious meals that support your body, mind, skin, hair and energy levels, will help you take control of your body instead of being captive to cravings. It's well worth the investment and January is a great time to start! Read more about Life Designs Nutrition Workshops here.

If reducing the level of stress you experience is on your radar for 2011, Spa Utopia has a number of services that can help you relax more. Advanced Therapeutic Massage sessions, including those that address tension headaches, breathing and digestive problems, are all ways to help you better manage your stressors. You might also consider booking a Detoxifying Body Treatment such as the Spa Utopia Monticelli Soothing Mud or Ocean Detox Wrap to kick-start (and maintain) the new you. You can read more about our Advanced Therapeutic Massage treatments here and Detoxifying Body Treatments here.  

 One of the many ways people choose to celebrate the new year is with a different "look."  A new hair style from the world class stylists at our Spa Utopia Salon locations, a makeover using healthy mineral makeup, or a simple manicure and pedicure are great ways to renew yourself in preparation for the year ahead. You can read more about our Salon Hair Services and Makeup Application here.

If 2011 is the year you'll welcome a new bundle of joy to the world, you might consider Spa Utopia Healthy Pregnancy sessions—incorporating massage, specific exercises and hydrotherapy techniques to promote the health and stability of your body as it adjusts to changes throughout pregnancy. You can find more details on these popular sessions here.

Finally, one of the top two resolutions for New Year is to quit smoking (the other is to lose weight).  Experts in smoking cessation often recommend rewarding yourself for milestones such as one week, one month, six months and a year. Doing something positive for your body, such as a detoxifying treatment, helps reinforce why you are giving up the habit.

To book any treatment or service, please call your local Spa Utopia and Salon or book online.

Spa Utopia would like to take this opportunity to wish all our treasured guests a very happy, healthy and beautiful New Year!