Spa Bleü owner Nikki Yang (left) with employee Sarah Shears.
For years, you used to be able to go to
Sticky's Candy in Sunny Tsawwassen and treat yourself, leaving with a
smile. Although the store is now gone, you can still go to the same
location, treat yourself, and leave with a smile on your lips.
Spa Bleü is Tsawwassen's newest one-stop-shop for beauty and wellness, located on the southwest side of 56 th Street and 12th Avenue, behind White Spot. The spa is run by Nikki Yang, offering her customers float therapy, dry hydro massage and other esthetic services.
Float therapy, also known as a sensory deprivation tank, has been popular in Vancouver for several years, but Spa Bleü is the first company to offer it to Tsawwassen.
Floats involve removing your clothing and climbing into an enclosed sensory deprivation tank with 25 centimetres of water filled with 1,100 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. Nikki says the water is heated to the temperature of the surface of your skin, so after a while you begin to lose all sense of where your body ends and the water begins.
The salt raises the water density, allowing you to float effortlessly on top of the water for 90 minutes. The treatment is reported to reduce stress, promote relaxation and elevate a sense of mood and well-being.
"After floating, for myself, I don't want to drive too far," says Nikki. "I just want to go home. You are really relaxed and you just want to be close to home."
That's one of the reasons the new business owner decided to open her spa in Tsawwassen, rather than continuing her daily commute to the Richmond, through the gridlock and traffic. Nikki says she's hoping to bring the same convenience to Tsawwassenites who have previously had to drive into Vancouver to get their float fix.
But floating isn't the only service on offer at Spa Bleü. A 2006 graduate of Vancouver's Blanche Macdonald Esthetics School, Nikki specializes in high quality facials. She says each client is unique, with different skin and facial contours. So she will create unique treatments that fits the person perfectly.
"I've always wanted to be an esthetician. I want to make people glow, make their skin better. I love seeing customers leaving happy with a unique facial experience."
Nikki is originally from the big city of Guangzhou, China. With a population of 13.5 million, it's as densely populated as the entire province of Ontario. When a girlfriend first showed her the tiny town of Sunny Tsawwassen, she wasn't sure she could adjust. She even considered moving back to China.
Eleven years later, Nikki can't imagine living anywhere else. She raised her son here, has friends and family, and now a business to call her own.
"Tsawwassen is nice. It's quiet and safe. People are nice. So we decided to move here and stay."
Spa Bleü is located on the south west corner of 56th Street and 12th Avenue behind White Spot.