Spa Director
Nikki Spicer

Nikki’s career began when she trained in Sports Massage with The London School of Sports Massage in 2003. She then went on to train with Body Control Pilates to become a qualified instructor. Over the last 16 years she has trained in many other treatments, but remains passionate about advanced massage. In 2019 Nikki studied for her Award in Education and Training and became a qualified trainer and she is passionate about training our therapists to the highest standard.

In 2005 Nikki opened The Well Body Centre for complementary therapies and during that time opened Vita Skin Spa within The Well Body Centre treating from just one room with two therapists. In 2012 Vita Skin Spa moved upstairs above 26 St Ann Street. The new spa was to have a new relaxation room, double treatment rooms and much more space to pamper you in! After a successful first year in Salisbury, 2013 began with further expansion to a total of eight treatment rooms, including four double treatment rooms, the relaxation room, a private sauna room and four dedicated single treatment rooms.

Nikki won Enterprising Woman In Business in the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards in 2017. She won Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and Employer of the Year in 2019 in the British Hair and Beauty Awards.

2020 sees the opening of our second spa in Winchester, bringing all that we have learnt over our 15 years in business, to a new city.

Spa Director
Jules Spicer

In the summer of 2012 Julian joined the Vita Skin Spa team full-time, managing operations, technical support and to work with Nikki in the general management and future growth of the spa, having been in the background part-time since the beginning.

Previously his career was in telecoms, and was a Sales Director of a Vodafone Platinum dealer for 15 years. As well as running the spas, Julian loves the technical aspect of our industry and has recently developed our own brand of body contouring machines.

Nikki & Julian married in 2010 and have two small children, Zachary (9) & Amelia (8).

Spa Manager
Chelsea Kirkbride

Having worked at Aqua Sana within Centre Parcs Longleat for 3 years as a therapist and within Guest services, we welcomed Chelsea to Vita in 2015. Prior to Aqua Sana, Chelsea was onboard ‘Celebrity Reflection’ in the Carribean as a spa therapist.

Chelseas experience within the industry allows her to make great recommendations and advice over the phone and within the Spa, and she will make sure your visit is everything you expect it to be.

In 2016 Chelsea became Guest services manager and assists Nikki and Julian in the running of the spa. Chelsea had her son, Brodie in 2019 and returns to Vita In February 2020.

Q & A with Chelsea:
Why did you get into the Beauty industry?
‘I always loved the thought of travelling whilst carrying out beauty treatments and pampering people. After I qualified, I worked at Center Parcs aqua sana for 2 years and decided that as I had gained experience it was time to fulfil my dream, so I did exactly that. I worked on a cruise ship for 7 months sailing around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and it was a great experience that I won’t forget.’
What is your tip for beautiful skin?
‘Try out different brands and find the one both you and your skin love. Make sure you have a strict routine of daily cleansing, toning and moisturising, and exfoliating twice a week. Along with drinking plenty of water and wearing a daily spf.’
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
‘I’ve taken a step back from doing treatments for now. This is so that I can learn different areas of the beauty industry, rather than just carrying out the treatments, although I do still keep my hand in beauty by doing treatments here and there. My favourite treatments to perform as a therapist are facials, purely because of the fact that you can see the results yourself as well as the clients feeling them. ‘

Head Therapist and Trainer
Sam Cousen

Sam joined Vita in January 2015, one of our beauty therapists. Sam is a very bubbly and welcoming individual. She has a great passion for beauty and has 8 years experience in the industry. Sam is also one of our lash specialists offering AH Francis classic lashes and more recently the new Rapid Volume lashes. Sam is one of our advanced therapists, offering all of our advanced facials including microneedling as well as laser hair removal.

Sam is due to have her first baby in March 2020, so will be on maternity leave until next year.

In 2019 Sam became our first Dermalogica ‘Expert’ and our head therapist.

Q & A with Sam:
Why did you get into the beauty industry?
‘I knew I always wanted to be a beauty therapist from a young age. I love every aspect of the beauty industry. I love meeting new people and helping them feel amazing.’
What is your tip for keeping skin beautiful?
‘A great skincare routine: find a brand that you love and know suits your skin. Make sure you protect your skin with an SPF 30 or 50 and drink plenty of water; this is a must!’
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
‘I LOVE facials and waxing the most! Waxing is the most satisfying treatment to perform, whilst getting to know your client and have a good chin wag. With facials I love transforming peoples skin and helping them to feel relaxed.’

Senior Therapist and Trainer
Jessica Savage

Jessica joined Vita in 2017 with many years of experience gained within a local salon. She brings with her a vast knowledge and experience of waxing, facials and massage, plus much more. Jessica is sure to serve Vita clients with confidence and care. She loves to see results and to make sure you leave feeling pampered. Jess is one of our deep tissue massage specialists and is trained in intimate waxing. Jess specialises in our advanced facials as well as our laser hair removal. Jess is one of our trainers and is currently studying for her teaching qualification.

In 2020 Jess became a Dermalogica ‘Expert’ therapist and one of our senior therapists.

Q & A with Jessica:
Why did you get into the Beauty industry?
I have always had a love and interest for beauty, I started off completing a massage course then knew I had to go back and complete all aspects of beauty therapy. I love that you can forever add endless amounts of treatments to your experience and are always learning. It’s such a rewarding job I love seeing the results of a treatment, but also love seeing how great you have made a client feel.
What is your tip for relaxation?
I like to give myself a relaxing pamper evening allowing myself time to unwind and relax. I love looking after my skin so I will normally give my skin some ‘TLC’ involving a mini facial and mask in the evening. Also exercise is something I like to do to unwind and de-stress.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
I am very lucky that I like a variety of treatments, it’s great that every day is different. I love seeing the results and hearing feedback of how good clients feel after visiting. I love the satisfaction of waxing & hair removal but I also love performing facials and massage and seeing how uplifted your client is once they have left.

Senior Therapist
Poppy Allen

We welcomed Poppy into the Vita team in 2017. She had studied Beauty Therapy and a Diploma in Reflexology at Peter Symonds College in Winchester, having been inspired by her Mum to follow her path into beauty. She enjoys meeting people and providing professional client care, so you are sure to be in good hands.

Poppy loves holistic treatments and is one of our deep tissue massage specialists. She is one of our reflexologists and also loves facials and body treatments. Poppy also specialises in our advanced treatments such as microneedling.

In 2020 Poppy became a Dermalogica ‘Expert’ therapist and one of our senior therapists.

Q & A with Poppy:
Why did you get into the beauty industry?
‘I have always had an interest in beauty therapy as my Mum is in the profession. My passion developed from being surrounded by the tranquil environment beauty therapy offers. I thoroughly enjoy pampering people and find it very rewarding’.
What is your tip for keeping skin healthy and radiant?
‘I believe the most important thing is definitely keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, as well as a well balanced diet is essential to beautiful sin. Using good quality products and having a strict regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising will be beneficial and ensure you have enough hours of beauty sleep’.
What is your favourite treatment and why?
‘I honestly enjoy performing all treatments – which is great as you get to do such a variety and see all the benefits from these. In particular, facials are lovely to perform, just as they are to receive; so relaxing and beneficial for your skin’.

Beauty/Holistic Therapist and Trainer
Lucy Hicks

Lucy joined us in 2016 and is an addition to our holistic specialists. Lucy specialises in massage, reflexology, and our body treatments. She is also an aromatherapist so is a great choice if you love your essential oils and can help you pick which of our in house blended oils is right for you. Her holistic, whole body approach and reflexology training makes her a very calming person. Lucy is also one of our deep tissue massage specialists. She is currently studying for her Award in Education and Training.

In 2017 Lucy became one of our Dermalogica ‘Specialists’ and in 2020 became our holistic trainer.

Q & A with Lucy:
Why did you get into the industry?

‘I first showed interest in the industry when I was a child and would look through my Mums ‘Mmind, body, spirit’ magazine.
Each week you would collect crystals and essential oils. I loved it and my interest just kept on growing. I went to college and studied complementary therapies and beauty with an aim to provide a range of treatments and give advice to clients on how to apply holistic and beauty treatments to benefit everyday life.’
What is your tip for relieving tired, achy muscles?
‘The best thing when you’re feeling tired or achy is taking a time out and ensuring you use this time to relax, which of course can be easier said than done. Using a combination of applying heat, stretches and appropriate massage and essentials oils, when you have the time. For example, a heatpad on your muscles whilst in bed or stretching before leaving the house or on lunch breaks are great at relieveing tight muscles. Regular meditation and yoga are great for clearing and relaxing the body and mind.’
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
‘It’s difficult to choose a favourite treatment. I love the variety I get from being both a massage and beauty therapist. The best days are when no treatment is the same as the last and I have a bit of everything.The calming treatments of facials and massage, followed by the interaction and creativity of manicures and pedicures and weight loss treatments is great!’

Beauty Therapist and Trainer
Robyn Hartley

Robyn joined us after college in 2015, having completed a long spell of work experience with us. Robyn is a very bubbly and cheery person. She’ll be sure to make any individual feel comfortable and welcome. Robyn is one of our laser specialists and is trained in intimate waxing. More recently, Robyn became one of our Dermapen microneedling specialists. Robyn re-joined us after maternity leave in 2019 and is currently studying for her teaching qualification.

In 2020 Robyn became one of our Dermalogica ‘Experts’ and one of our trainers

Q & A with Robyn:
Why did you get into the Beauty industry?
‘Beauty has always been a passion of mine, so to start training and working in the beauty industry was a no brainer.’
What is your tip for a good home routine?
‘A good regular cleansing routine twice a day is key. My favourite cleanser to use is the dermalogica essential cleansing solution, it leaves the skin clean and refreshed ready for the day ahead.’
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
‘I love performing facials; I love that they not only benefit the clients skin but are super relaxing too! Pedicures are another favourite treatment of mine.’

Beauty Therapist
Claire Cannings

Claire joined us in 2019 after gaining experience in another salisbury salon. Having previously worked at vita for her work experience during her time at college it was great to welcome Claire back to Vita. Claire specialises in eyelash extensions as well as our advanced treatments such as microneedling and laser.

Q & A with Claire
Why did you get into the industry?
When I was young I had a big passion for hair and beauty, always playing with hair and make up. Upon leaving school I was offered an apprenticeship in hair, which I loved doing for 11 years! During that time I was always looking into a way to get into beauty. Then finally after years of moaning, my dad paid for me to go college for 2 years to learn my level 2 and 3 beauty, I loved every second and have never looked back!
What is your tip for relaxation?
Drinking enough water is a must for me. My skin doesn’t feel right without it. I also enjoy pampering myself at home, mini facial, body exfoliating and a mini pedi! To take time for yourself.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
My favourite treatment is by far facials, I really enjoy them and like creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Beauty Therapist
Olivia Johnson-Scott

Olivia joined the Vita team after leaving her part-time position at Longleat Aqua Sana Spa in 2019. Olivia is excited to be treating existing and new clients here at Vita in facials, waxing, massage and advanced treatments. Her calm demeanour will ensure you leave feeling relaxed.

Q & A with Olivia
Why did you get into the industry?

I love how good someone can leave feeling after a treatment. There’s always a large range of different and new treatments, so there is always something new to learn.
What is your tip for a good homecare routine?
My tip would be to make use of face masks every now and again. They give you the chance to relax whilst treating your skin.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
Treatments where you can see an instant difference, such as waxing, manicures & pedicures. I also like performing facials, they are such a relaxing treatment to perform.

Massage Therapist
Laura Donate-Gimeno

Laura joined the Vita team in 2019 after recently training and joining the industry. Laura has been really excited to further her training here at Vita and will be doing all of our massages, body and slimming treatments. Last year Laura trained in facials and completed her training with Dermalogica.

Q & A with Laura
Why did you get into the industry?

I got into beauty industry because I like to take care of myself and help others to do so. I feel really happy when I make others feel better.
What is your tip for relaxation?
My tip for relaxation is to stop everything else for 20 minutes and just breathe, if I can include some stretches even better.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
My favourite treatment is massage because my body and mind relaxes with those of the client.

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