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A positive grooming experience


Dropping your precious baby off for a groom can be stressful. After all, having our hair done is a very personal experience, whether it’s for us or our precious pup. Wigram Vet and the Good Dog Spa is a relatively new dog-centric business with a holistic approach to its doggy clients’ wellbeing.

Emma, head groomer at The Good Dog Spa, is very mindful of making a trip to the groomer a positive experience for both owner and dog.

“We don’t use crates. Both before and after their groom, our dogs get to hang out in the room with us in a very relaxed atmosphere. Dougal, my elderly maltese cross, comes to work with me each day. He is the perfect chaperone for nervous newbies, he is so gentle and welcoming. I strongly believe a puppy’s first grooming encounter must be a kind and positive one so that they learn to enjoy being groomed.”

Buffie brings Max (pictured) to The Good Dog Spa regularly.

“All the staff are welcoming and Max enjoys coming to see Emma, which is important as Max is getting on now.”

The Good Dog Spa has recently expanded its grooming hours to include Saturdays and late-night Wednesdays.

“My sister Amy is a well-known local groomer whom I’ve managed to entice to come and work with me,” Emma says. “We get on great and her experience enhances our skills with large dogs.”

The Good Dog Spa offers a range of doggy delights.

The daycare is small and boutique with a focus on small dogs, and offers short stays of up to two or three days.

Many grooming clients choose to use daycare as an option when their dogs are groomed to allow flexibility for drop off and pick up.

Another feature of the Good Dog Spa is canine rehab with underwater treadmill and massage from in-house canine rehab practitioner Kate Donald.

“We see many elderly golden retrievers and longhaired arctic breeds that love to have an underwater treadmill session to maintain mobility before heading to the groomer for a shampoo and blow dry. Clients love the flexibility and convenience of having all these services under one roof.”

Find Wigram Vet and the Good Dog Spa, at 155 Corsair Drive, Wigram. Phone 03 929 0987 or email reception@wigramvet.co.nz.

Sebastian and Emma (The Good Dog Spa)
Buffie and Max

 

From bathroom to spa


With a little imagination, bathrooms and ensuites can elevate to spa-resort status. We look at how to create a spa holiday experience without leaving home.

 

 

  1. The fluffy towel treatment
    Invest in the softest, oversized white spa-towels and a basket of rolled-up flannels. A plush new bath mat, the kind to sink your toes into, is a must. White robes and slippers complete the pamper package.
  2. Plant purity
    Aloe vera, bamboo plants, orchids and peace lilies imitate exotic spa locations with the healing vibes of nature. Fresh, fragrant flowers will fill the smallest room of the house with their sultry scent.
  3. Peaceful hues
    Whites, soft neutrals and eggshell pastels are synonymous with serenity – and spa sanctuaries. Rather than bold and bright décor, choose shades that slow the pulse. If the bathroom is already black, just twist the theme to exotic.
  4. Under a waterfall
    Install a rain-head shower attachment for an under-a-waterfall feeling or a massaging showerhead for relaxing bliss. Let water be the beauty therapist.
  5. On display
    Fill glass bowls with bath bombs and pretty soaps, and adorn shelving with beauty products that look too lovely to use. Whisk away those much-less romantic everyday items to the top drawer. Streamlining equals stress less.
  6. Heaven scent
    Have a fragrant diffuser in a calming scent such as lotus flower or ylang ylang, or tie a bunch of lavender or lemon myrtle under the bath tap or shower head.
  7. Heat and light
    Add a dimmer switch to lights, or bathe by scented candlelight. Natural sunlight upon water is therapeutic daytime decadence. Warm the room beforehand to avoid noisy fan heaters spoiling the mood.
  8. Do not disturb
    Lastly, lock the door and switch your phone to the soothing sounds of a relaxing, lyric-free playlist.

 

Champs-Elysées Day Spa

The Gift of Pure Pampering


The festive season has arrived and the team at Champs-Elysées Day Spa understands the importance of offering a thoughtful gift from the heart. What could be more meaningful than a voucher treating your loved one to an unforgettable experience that is all about making them feel truly special?

 

Champs-Elysées Day Spa

 

The beautifully packaged vouchers can be purchased at the spa or online at
www.champs-elysees.co.nz and sent directly to you or a loved one. Every purchase before 22 December goes into the draw to win a luxury prize package from Pure Fiji valued over $200!

The Exotic Island Spa Retreat is the newest luxury pamper package featuring Pure Fiji products. Choose your favourite Pure Fiji infusion, then surrender to pure pampering designed to transport you to blissful tropical paradise. Treatments include a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage, rejuvenating foot soak, scrub and massage, and a luxurious exotic island facial for just $199!

The Champs-Elysées Diamond Club ensures 12 months of ultimate luxurious pampering with exclusive benefits such as a luxury spa party, and invitations to VIP events. A delightful range of beautifully packaged retail gifts at an equally delightful price is also available.
Champs-Elysées Day Spa are counting down the 12 days to Christmas with an assortment of 12 glorious skin care and beauty products, as well as a luxury Champs-Elysées gift voucher, that one lucky person will win on Christmas Eve.

 


Keep an eye on their social media for your chance to win! Phone 03 365 3630 for further information.


 

Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa

Beauty Beckons: Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa


Ascending the stairs at Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa is to rise physically and metaphorically above the hurly burly, arriving at an elevated feeling of wellbeing. Ascending the stairs at Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa is to rise physically and metaphorically above the hurly burly, arriving at an elevated feeling of wellbeing.

 

Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa

 

There is a grace combined with purity in the design up there, created by the elegant whitewashed floor tiles and exquisite English wallpaper, which serve to accelerate your journey to calm. Owner Prue Macdonald loves “working with women, making them feel better about themselves”.  It’s a lifetime love affair, for while Prue has been running clinics for 14 years, she has been intrigued from childhood with this industry that is progressive and constantly evolving. The Medi Spa aspect of the clinic is a passion, and along with micro-dermabrasion, dermal needling for collagen replacement is becoming very popular.

Prue is delighted that she can now offer pain-free IPL hair removal. It is available for all parts of the body, and Prue is offering 25 per cent discount from the website price for each part of the body treated until Christmas, and with special events on the radar, a full-body flawless Argan Oil Moroccan Tan is only $29 for all of Cup and Show Week.  IPL hair removal is also available for men. Prue finds that back treatments are popular and also legs for those involved in multi-sport.

Prue says the movement to anti-aging is huge and she and her team of three offer a selection of Image facials using Image Products, a range of high-potency results-driven skincare that comes from the United States, to rejuvenate skin.

 


Find Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa at
www.beckenhambeauty.co.nz


 

Hanmer Springs

Great Winter Escape: Hanmer Springs

At face value, winter is that time of the year when we hunker down at home. But the jewel in North Canterbury’s crown – Hanmer Springs – offers a great winter escape, right at our northern front door.

Hanmer Springs

Just 90 minutes from the city, Hanmer Springs is one of those cliché ‘world away from home’ type of places, the difference being that this really does feel that far from home.
Framed by snow-capped mountains from July through to August, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits for travellers to engage in.

• Skiing and snowboarding
• Walking / tramping
• Biking or mountain biking
• Swimming in the world famous thermal pools
• Quad biking
• Bungy jumping
• Jet boating
• Golf
• Team-building activities
• Spa treatments.

This alpine paradise even has its own local ski field just 20km from the village, run by the Amuri Ski Club Inc. One of the most affordable and friendly ski areas in New Zealand, it has daily lessons and full ski hire for beginners through to the most advanced skiers, as well as boarders.
When the ski fun is over for the day, who can resist a soak in the Thermal Pools to stretch and take away those aches and pains.