Spaaah Shop Team

Connie Matthews

Connie Matthews

In Mid Nov. 2010 I became the excited new owner of the Spaaah Shop and Day Spa on Main Avenue in Durango Co. The wonderfully tranquil spa has been beautifully remodeled taking advantage of the stone and brick interiors of the old buildings. Our positive professional staff offers multiple modalities of massage, facials and nails to pamper the most discriminating individual.  Our retail shop features a variety of skin care product lines, delightfully scented bath soaps and lotions, and the best mineral make-up available: Bare Minerals. We have also added colorful, top quality Vera Bradley bags and the adaptable Lindsay Phillips shoes. Look for hand knit scarves this fall, Vera Bradley's luggage, and scarves by Lindsay Phillips.

I hope you will stop by soon and say hi!

Massage Therapists

April Lopez

April Lopez

April has worked at the Spaaah Shop for 6 years. In 2005 she graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy where they taught 15 massage modalities.

Her favorites include

  • Chair massage
  • Sports massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sugar Scrubs
  • Herbal Wraps

 

Cheryl Pagano

Cheryl Pagano

Cheryl has been doing massage since 2002. She graduated from the Southwest School of Massage Therapy here in Durango. She specializes in Swedish massage as well as sports, pre-natal and hot stone. She enjoys doing additional spa treatments that include salt or sugar scrubs and mud wraps. She believes not only is massage good medicine, but that it allows each client to become more aware of their own body and mind.

S. James Santistevan CMT, RMT

S. James Santistevan CMT, RMT

S. James Santistevan L.M.T., Holistic Health Professional

James is a former graduate and professor from Trinidad State Junior College where he began as a student earning his certification in massage therapy and Associate of Applied Sciences in Holistic Health degree. James then took over as the adjunct professor of Business Mastery, Qi-Gong Health Studies, and Reflexology, (one of his specialties) before moving to Durango. He believes that true healing comes from addressing the entire Body, Mind, and Spirit triad, whether working with clients once, or long term to help accomplish their wellness goals.

James loves working at our day spa and specializes in reflexology, Swedish massage, myofascial release, Psych-K facilitation, trigger-point therapy, and his favoriate, sports massage.

He is also a recent graduate of Fort Lewis College having studied business economics and political science and also works as a Taekwon-Do instructor in Durango. Stop by and experience a unique and relaxing treatment with him at the Spaaah Shop and Day Spa.


Rowan Blaisdell LMT

Rowan Blaisdell LMT

Rowan is a nationally certified massage and body work therapist and graduate of the Therapeutic Bodywork Learning Center in Bangor, Maine. His past experience as a chef, artisan bread baker and cabinet maker have served him well in training his hands and head to work together.  He has been blessed to study under masterfully talented professionals from a great variety of disciplines.  His ability to synthisize these diversified approaches into an experience that is uniquely tailored to each individual client is one of his greatest strengths. His massage work is based on the fundamentals of swedish massage, and incorporates deep tissue, cranio-sacral and reflexology. Rowan is our Spa manager and would be happy to help make your visit to the Spaaah Shop the best it can be! 

Nail Specialists and Estheticians

Desiree Carter

Desiree Carter

Des has been here for 6 years. She does waxing, facials and nails. Des is the fastest waxer in Durango. If it is your first time trying out a Brazilian or any type of wax she can get you through it with minimal discomfort and fabulous results.

Her favorite OPI colors are INK, Lincoln Park After Dark and You Don't Know Jacques. She lives in Durango with her wonderful son Desmond who recently started Kindergarten and thinks he is a superhero.

Vanessa Chavez

Vanessa Chavez

Originally from Albuquerque NM, Vanessa has lived in Durango for 6 years with her eleven year old daughter. She completed her Cosmetology degree in 2011 from Pueblo Community College. Come in for a pedicure with Vanessa- her favorite service to do!

Jamie Carlson

Jamie Carlson

Jamie joined the Spaaah Shop team in May 2013 and we couldn't be more excited.  She is a fantastic nail specialist with many years of experience. She brings with her a degree in Manicuring from Grapevine Beauty Academy and a Cosmetology license from Sixth Street Hair Salon as well as a Bachelors degree from Texas A&M. When she's not in the Spaaah Shop, she loves spending time with her four kids who keep her very busy!