Therapeutic massage therapist, cosmetologist, yoga teacher and former hospitality supervisor, Mandy Simpson has all the time been captivated by Ouray’s Elevate Wellness Spa. Now she owns it.
Initially from Montrose, Simpson has been holding tabs on the upscale spot tucked away at 222 Fifth Ave., one of many first locations she labored as a masseuse. Though she goals to introduce new providers and merchandise to the 12-year-old firm, Simpson is concentrated on sustaining the comfy ambiance and splendid expertise that attracted her within the first place.
“I need to hold Elevate the stunning spa everyone knows and love,” she stated.
Elevate provides massages, facials, and yoga lessons, and sells luxurious skincare and make-up merchandise, a few of that are utilized in spa facials. Physique therapies embody sizzling salt and basalt stone massages and sports activities, Swedish and deep tissue massages. Facials are carried out with a collection of merchandise designed to fulfill the precise wants of shoppers.
Simpson performs the massages, whereas esthetician Holly Merlin provides facials, spray tans, tints, and waxing providers. Yoga academics Kate Kissingford and Maureen O’Driscoll train just a few lessons per week. Merlin began working at Elevate earlier than Simpson purchased the spa, however stated she nonetheless loved working there and was joyful to be taught new strategies and merchandise.
As Simpson started her profession within the hospitality trade, she knew her coronary heart lay in wellness. She started her journey on this new area by acquiring a therapeutic massage license in 2015 and continued her research by acquiring a cosmetology license in 2017 and a yoga teacher certification in 2019.
The spa is open from 10 a.m. to six p.m. on weekdays besides Thursdays, and by appointment on Saturdays. Yoga lessons are additionally supplied at 6 a.m. Wednesdays and eight a.m. Saturdays, and Simpson stated different lessons are added occasionally.
Simpson’s first enterprise was to open Colorado Kur on the Ouray Scorching Springs pool, borrowing a part of the identify from preventive European well being and wellness practices. She ran the enterprise for 3 years and in 2020 took on the extra position of spa supervisor at Franz Klammer Lodge in Mountain Village, the place she participated in a three-month management course.
Along with her technical expertise, wellness information and administration background, Simpson thought she was the right candidate to turn into the brand new proprietor of Elevate. When her predecessor, Jayne Johnson, reached out in July to ask Simpson if she wished to purchase Elevate, there was no hesitation.
Simpson stated goodbye to her prospects in Mountain Village just a few months later and moved into the brand new area on October 14. Since then, she has made some adjustments. One of many adjustments was to include a brand new all-natural skincare line referred to as Eminence that prospects can purchase in-store and select as a substitute for chemical merchandise for facial therapies. She additionally had an infrared sauna put in, which might be obtainable to prospects within the coming weeks.
To this point, Simpson stated the transition has been pure and he or she desires to retain the character of the spa whereas specializing in consideration to element and benefiting from new alternatives that swimsuit the enterprise properly. Because the constructing already has a bathe, she is trying to incorporate physique scrubs and hair wraps into some therapies. She additionally has bars put in on the ceiling of a room, which is able to enable her to carry out Ashiatsu massages, which makes use of a method utilizing naked ft and massaging a shopper whereas utilizing deep strain.
Earlier than every therapy, Simpson or Merlin meet with purchasers to debate their objectives and personalize the service. This might imply serving to purchasers select the best kind of therapeutic massage or deciding which association of skincare merchandise will meet their wants. For instance, Simpson stated sizzling stone massages could also be perfect for many who want therapeutic work however cannot deal with an excessive amount of strain, whereas athletes recovering from an intense occasion might go for a serve with deeper therapeutic strokes.
Simpson sells particular person and packaged providers, so prospects can save by shopping for in bulk. She stated combo providers are additionally obtainable, like a 90-minute therapeutic massage and facial, and most facials include some physique therapies, together with shoulder and hand massages.
To this point, she stated the reception from current Elevate prospects has been optimistic, and a few native prospects from when Simpson ran Colorado Kur have been joyful to see her again on the town. Shoppers can attain the spa and e book an appointment at (970) 325-7233 or e book providers on-line at elevatewellnessspa.com.
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