Zante means peace and balance, said Patricia Damon, the spa's new owner. The boutique-style spa held a small grand opening Thursday night, inviting friends to see the new space. Cozy and nestled in the Deer Valley Plaza building, the spa is clean and white with soft lighting and plush seating in the waiting room, a beach cottage feel. It's a calm Damon intentionally wanted to capture, a reflection of what she hopes the space will bring to her clients.
"My goal is to ensure that everyone leaves feeling that calm, that peace, that balance throughout the day," she said. "I think so many of us are crazed with our everyday lives we forget to balance ourselves."
In a whirlwind six weeks, Damon took the spa from concept to completion, and she described the process as pieces of a puzzle falling into place.
"It came together beautifully," she said. "I think that says something."
Damon has spent the past 15 years in the health and wellness industry working in national-level education and running high-end spa service programs in Park City. But opening her own spa came from a personal place, where her experience met with her beliefs.
The spa blends eastern and western practices, offering combinations such as shamanic healing alongside traditional facials. From chakra balancing to nutritional counseling, Damon admits that some spa services might not be for every guest, but combining treatments and creating a well-rounded approach to healing was at the heart of the business.
"Health and wellness is more than skin deep," Damon said.
"So many times, we get so consumed in our days we don't stop to be present in our own lives," she added. "We really want to take that time to address the client as a whole and give them what they need to really be the best they can be."
And that means encompassing different beliefs.
The Deer Valley Resort location is a pilot site, a small part of Damon's overall vision. In the next year, she hopes to open a separate wellness center. Down to two possible sites for the center, she expects to get started in the coming months while growing her current location.
The wellness center she is planning on would be a one-stop shop for healing and wellness, offering a general practitioner and an acupuncturist, a massage therapist and an esthetician.
"We're talking about integrating eastern and western medicine, really encompassing everything under one umbrella," Damon said. "This is the first step in moving toward that."
"We want to be able to address our local community and offer some medical treatments outside of a traditional format," she added.
The business model came from Damon's own beliefs about the healing process, her growing interest in eastern medicine that began nearly 10 yeas ago. After recently starting shaman classes, Damon said she began seeing a very anxious client. After working with him, she started seeing that stress subside.
"What I saw in this one client was how his life was becoming remarkably different," she said. "Whether it is help with weight loss or stress, we want to work with every client on an individual level, customize a treatment to their needs.
"That is what sets us apart. This business is about us helping our community, helping people heal."
1375 Deer Valley Drive, Suite 105
A full list of services is available online. Appointments can be made online or by phone. Tours of the spa are available for interested parties.