Move a plus for Beauty Ther­apy Spa

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TASHA BLACK

As busi­nesses strug­gle dur­ing tough eco­nomic times, one Kapiti em­ployer is buck­ing the trend.

Ex­hale Spa has dou­bled its client base in the past six months af­ter mov­ing from Pukerua Bay to Rau­mati Rd in April.

Owner Re­becca Klo­cek said the busi­ness ‘‘couldn’t get any big­ger in Pukerua Bay’’ and they re­lo­cated to a beau­ti­ful villa ‘‘per­fect for a day spa’’.

Since the move, Ex­hale Spa, which of­fers skin­care treat­ments and prod­ucts, won the Small Busi­ness of the Year ti­tle at the Kapiti Horowhenua Busi­ness Awards in Oc­to­ber.

Mrs Klo­cek said she was de­lighted to win the award. It fol­lowed on from twice be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the Porirua Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards and win­ning Best New Busi­ness in New Zealand at the 2009 Beauty In­dus­try Awards.

Mrs Klo­cek’s in­ter­est in day spas grew from vis­it­ing beauty salons in the United States while work­ing as a flight at­ten­dant.

‘‘I thought ‘right, that’s the in­dus­try I want to get into’.’’

Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, she re­turned to study beauty ther­apy in Lon­don.

‘‘The stan­dard is re­ally high in Lon­don. It’s the cap­i­tal of beauty and fash­ion in the world.’’

She went to work for a top spa in Lon­don be­fore mov­ing back to New Zealand and in 2007 opened a beauty sa­lon in Pukerua Bay.

Ex­hale Spa clients were mostly women from Kapiti, although some come out from Welling­ton, said Mrs Klo­cek.

Although male clients may be in­creas­ing in cities, in Kapiti they are a rarer breed.

Men, es­pe­cially trades­men who were work­ing out­side in the sun in phys­i­cal jobs, could do with some time at the spa for their skin, said Mrs Klo­cek.

‘‘We do have male clients. It would be nice to have a few more. The men we do have come in love it. Once they are in here we re­ally make them feel com­fort­able.’’

Wax­ing and deep tis­sue mas­sage are the two treat­ments men mostly come in for, she said.

Go­ing un­der the knife or get­ting an in­jec­tion of botox is not on the list of treat­ments at Ex­hale Spa.

A skin tight­en­ing treat­ment per­formed at the spa us­ing deep heat and LED light ther­apy is used to treat der­ma­to­log­i­cal con­di­tions. Other treat­ments in­clude fa­cials, hand and foot spas, elec­trol­y­sis and a hy­drother­apy spa.

Mrs Klo­cek di­vides her time be­tween work­ing at Ex­hale three days a week and rais­ing 20-mon­thold twins with her hus­band in Para­pa­raumu Beach. ‘‘I have a pas­sion for it so it’s easy.’’ Long term Mrs Klo­cek said she hoped to open a new spa in Welling­ton or the Hutt.

On a roll: Ex­hale Spa owner Re­becca Klo­cek, left, with se­nior beauty ther­a­pist An­drea Far­relly. A move to Kapiti has paid off big time for Ex­hale Spa.

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