Bringing amenities to Oak Creek

New Depot Day Spa offers wide array of services

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— She appears twice a month to make her pain disappear.

Virginia Paxton has aches in her lower back and legs, so she goes to Oak Creek's own Depot Day Spa for massages to help ease the pain.

"(After a massage) I feel terrific," Paxton said. "I usually feel very energized. If I don't have to go to work, I feel relaxed."

Oak Creek resident Deanna Berry also goes in for massages every couple of weeks for the same reasons. She was injured in a severe car accident about 23 years ago, and says massages help her body relax.

"I'd rather do that then take a bunch of pills," she said.

The two ladies visit Shari Fink, a licensed massage therapist at Depot Day Spa, for their alternative therapy.

Walking into the massage room, soothing music and a miniature waterfall set the mood. To ensure muscles get complete relaxation, Fink keeps the temperature at 70 degrees or warmer to keep the blood flowing.

If a customer wants a more intense session, Fink also has heated stone therapy, in which she can pour water over 123-degree stones for a burst of steam in the room.

"Each massage is catered to the individual," Fink said. She also chooses a specific oil for aromatherapy by listening to the customer, whether he or she wants to wake up, relax or relieve stress.

Fink also offers reflexology, a technique of massaging reflex points to stimulate the body's healing process.

"What we're trying to offer is all the amenities of Steamboat, without having to drive there," Fink said. "Plus, there's so many people there sometimes that it can take months to get in, where as you can call and walk in the same day."

Depot Day Spa welcomes walk-ins for hair styling, nail care, facials, waxing and tanning. It also has a variety of gifts, such as soaps, oils and lotions.

The spa's owner, Susan Hart, cut hair for almost 10 years before starting the business. Fink ran a massage business out of her home for about 10 years, so it seemed logical for the two to get together.

"I pretty much bribed Shari into doing it," Hart joked. "We got together and just said, 'let's go for it.'"

In November, they did just that. Now they offer the only business of its kind in South Routt.

At the spa, customers can get an exfoliating facial from Heather Hogin or get their hands pampered by Kori Goddard.

In about an hour to an hour and a half, Goddard can file nails, soak and massage hands or feet for a manicure or pedicure. She can also apply acrylic nails or natural enhancements to strengthen nails.

The Depot Day Spa is located at 111 N. Sharpe in Oak Creek, behind Dinty Moore's Pizza on Main Street.

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