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.

Nikki & Julian married in 2010 and have two small children, Zachary (11) & Amelia (9).

Spa Manager
Chelsea Kirkbride

Salisbury and Winchester

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. ‘

Senior Therapist
Poppy Allen

Salisbury and Winchester

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’.

Senior Therapist, Trainer and Mental health First Aider
Lucy Hicks

Salisbury

Lucy joined us in 2016 and became a trainer for us in 2020 and a senior therapist in 2021. Lucy is a holistic therapist and specialises in massage, reflexology, and our body treatments. She is also our aromatherapist, degning our in-house blended oils, so is a great choice if you love your essential oils and can help you pick which of our blends is right for you.  Lucy is also one of our deep tissue massage specialists. Lucy trained with Wellness for Cancer in 2016 and is our cancer aware specialist. She is also a Kim Lawless expert intimate waxer. She is currently studying for her Award in Education and Training. Her holistic, whole body approach and reflexology training makes her a very calming person. Lucy has recently become our head of wellbeing and is currently studying for her mental health first aider qualification.

In 2017 Lucy became one of our Dermalogica ‘Experts’ 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
Claire Cannings

Salisbury

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.

In 2020 Claire became one of our Dermalogica ‘Expert’ therapists.

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.

Claire is currently on maternity leave.

Receptionist
Christy Haslett

Salisbury

Christy joined our Salisbury team in 2021 to become one of our receptionists. She is with us part time, working alongside her own art business.

Q & A with Christy
Why did you get into the industry?
From a younger age I have been interested in the beauty industry. My mum is a trained beautician and during her training in my teens I volunteered myself to experience all the treatments as she learnt them. I believe beauty and wellness is important and helps so many feel good about themselves. I enjoy interacting with clients and being the friendly face they see when they arrive.
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy painting, I find it calming. As a creative person it helps me to relax.
What is your favourite treatment to have?
I enjoy facials, I have found they have so many benefits for my skin and of course are very relaxing and enjoyable.

Beauty Therapist
Olivia Johnson-Scott

Salisbury

Olivia joined the Vita team after leaving her part-time position at Longleat Aqua Sana Spa in 2019. Olivia loves facials and is a Dermalogca expert. She also loves waxing, massage and advanced treatments. Her calm demeanour will ensure you leave feeling relaxed.

In 2020 Olivia became one of our Dermalogica ‘Expert’ therapists.

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.

Beauty Therapist
Ellie Nutt

Salisbury

Ellie joined our team in 2021, from a local spa. Ellie loves all aspects of beauty and is exctied to develop her training with us.

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

Sadly, I was picked on for how dark my leg hair was in school, as I was young I didn’t understand shaving or waxing. So, that weekend my mum took me to a salon and I got them waxed for the first time and i felt more confident the next time I had PE. So, making people feel good about themselves, and knowing I’m helping them achieve that feeling is very rewarding for me.
What’s your tip for healthy skin?
I’d say my tip for healthy skin would be to keep it hydrated and get plenty of sleep. Drinking as much of water as you can keeps your skin looking radiant, naturally. Having plenty of sleep can restore your sunlight exposure.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
It’s a tricky one to answer as I enjoy doing all treatments but i’d say a pedicure which might sound strange, but it goes back to making people feel good. Keeping your feet in good condition is very important as feet tend to get neglected in the colder months.

Massage Therapist
Lauren Nicholls

Winchester

Lauren joins our Winchester team. Lauren is a massage therapist and also does our body treatments. Lauren has recently trained after having a career change and is  excited to be part of our Winchester team.

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

I have always been interested in preventative medicine and the mental and physical benefits of massage. This industry focuses on natural methods of healing, which is important to me as someone who has experience with autoimmune disorders and less common health problems. Also, training opportunities are endless in the beauty industry, and so it offers me an engaging and rewarding career.
What is your tip for great self-care?

Make time for yourself. Many of us have incredibly busy lives that cause us to sacrifice our own mental space. Unfortunately, this can lead to increased stress levels, disordered sleep, strained relationships, and more. To avoid this, I advise actively doing something for yourself on a regular basis – a good pamper session always works for me!
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
I love performing a deep tissue massage on a client. It’s very satisfying to hear that they have reduced pain levels following treatment. It is said that more than half of adults suffer with lower back pain, and a career focused on helping alleviate this is very rewarding.

Senior Therapist
Holly-Rose Drewell

Winchester

Holly-Rose, joined our Winchester team in 2021. She joins us with a wealth of experience and most recently been on the spa team on cruise ships. Holly-Rose has loved travelling the world and sharing her treatments with guests, where she became a skin specialist. She is currently training in our advanced facials to persue her passion for skin but also loves all spa tretaments including massage.

In 2021 Holly-Rose became one of our CACI Synergy Experts.

Q & A with Holly-Rose
Why did you get into the industry?
I have always been so passionate about Beauty Therapy because I like to make people feel their best and I feel that I achieve that.
What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
Facials, because I feel that the client can see and feel an immediate result, spiritually & physically.
What is your tip for skin health?
Always follow a daily skincare routine of Cleansing, toning, serum & moisturising, alongside a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water to keep the skin, body hydrated.

Senior Therapist
Monika Skubij-Palmer

Winchester

Monika joined our Winchester team in 2021. She comes to us with many years experinece in salons and most recently working from her home salon. Monika is an experienced waxer and loves manicures and pedicures. She is also very passionate about skin and is currently training in our advanced facials as well as working towards her Dermalogica certified qualification.

In 2021 Monika became one of our CACI Synergy Experts.

Holistic Therapist
Rebecca Pearson

Winchester

Rebecca came to Vita in February 2022, an experienced therapist in Massage and Reflexology, she now brings her knowledge and expertise to Vita.

Holistic Therapist
Jemma Wright

Winchester

Jemma joined our Winchester team in February 2022. Jemma is a trained beauty therapist, however her passion lies in holistic treatments.

Q & A with Jemma
Why did you get into the industry?
Because I have been fascinated by the body, I love people coming in stressed and leaving relaxed after any treatment.

What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?
Any holistic treatment I’m drawn to more , massage, scrubs, facials as I am actually working to make them feel good and you can see the change in them after.

What is your tip for a good homecare routine? 
A good morning routine to start your day well and continue to be productive .

Guest Services Manager
Jo Kinloch

Winchester

Jo joined us at our Winchester spa in 2021 after after having her two daughters, Jo has now re-focussed on her career and in her role as the guest services manager she thrives on helping people enjoy their experience at Vita from start to finish, making sure your needs are catered for.

Q & A with Jo
What do you love above this industry?
I’ve always loved all things beauty treatment wise, and how they can make you as an individual feel, I mean what’s not to love about being pampered?
What do you do to relax?
Wax melts burning, a nice soak in the bath, and a good book.
What is your favourite treatment to have and why?
My favourite treatment to have would be a pedicure or any kind of foot massage like Thai foot/reflexology. After all we do tend to take our feet for granted.

Receptionist
Isabelle Glover

Salisbury

Isabelle started at the Salisbury spa in October 2021.

With a strong passion for beauty and wellness, she has quickly become an asset to the Salisbury team. Isabelle has quickly got up to speed with the pace of running a busy reception and ensuring clients are happy and cared for during their visit

Why did you get into the industry?
I’ve always loved anything to do with pampering and was drawn to it from a young age. It has such a powerful effect, not just in appearance but in confidence and mental wellbeing as well. I love being apart of something that makes people feel so special.
My favourite part is discussing a clients individual needs and getting to the bottom of what treatment would make them the most happy.
What do you do to relax?
For me it has to be my skincare routine. I look forward to it each morning and night and it’s a time that’s truly for me.
What’s your favourite treatment to have?
My favourite treatments are manicures because you have the immediate result of pretty nails and massages because I don’t think there’s anything more calming and luxurious.
Receptionist
Jennie Brenner

Winchester

Jennie joined our Winchester team in 2021 as one of our receptionists. Jennie is currently studying media and special effects makeup and has a huge passion for the beauty industry. She is excited to learn more about the industry, whilst continuing her studying at university.

Receptionist
Lisa Newberry

Winchester

Lisa joined our Winchester reception team in January 2022, having travelled extensively to fulfil her passion for Yoga and wellness, Lisa is excited to join our spa teams front of house

What do you love above this industry?

I love the fact that it’s focused on helping people take care of themselves and feel better. Even just entering the spa can feel like you are walking into a little oasis in the city.

What do you do to relax?

Anything that grounds me, going for a walk in nature, having a nap, reading a book, having a good stretch, knitting.

What is your favourite treatment to have and why?

I love facials because they make you feel all glowy afterwards and I love reflexology because of it’s gentle detoxifying and grounding effect.

Receptionist
Nicki Varns

Winchester

Nicki joined our Winchester team as a receptionist in July 2020 and has just gone on maternity leave. She will re-join us 2022.