Popular Ouray spa gets new owner

  • Elevate Spa's new owner, esthetician Jayne Johnson.
    Elevate Spa's new owner, esthetician Jayne Johnson.

Though Elevate Wellness Spa in Ouray has a new owner, she has a familiar face to customers who have been coming for years. Jayne Johnson worked there as a licensed esthetician and massage technician for the last three years prior to becoming the new owner.

Elevate provides a range of services from skin care and internal wellness using nontoxic products to therapeutic body work focused on pain management, mobility and stress relief. The spa has earned exclusively five-star reviews on Google and other online platforms, including reviews from people who come from hours away looking forward to their experience at Elevate as part of their yearly trips to Ouray.

The transition, with the departure of former owner, Angela Stento, who offered the position to Johnson after her decision to move, is sure to go smoothly as the well-established staff will provide all of Elevate’s former services, minus waxing, which is now being referred elsewhere. The spa is keeping its dedication to using natural products that customers are used to enjoying.

“Everything is chemical-free. We’re a holistic spa,” Johnson said.

One of her signature treatments is a facial which uses a lymphatic machine to help drain the lymphatic system to reduce the look of tired eyes.

Johnson moved to Montrose in 2010 from Aurora, where she was already established as a massage technician. She worked in Montrose for a few years before moving her practice to Ouray, while commuting from Montrose for the last three years. With the business investment, however, she plans on moving to Ouray.

Johnson sees her approach​ to​ massage​ ​as​ ​artistic, considering the​ entire​ body​ ​her​ ​canvas.​ ​Her dedication to helping people look and feel better is evident in the enthusiasm and passion she has in talking about not just her work but the work of the other providers at Elevate.

Johnson described the work of Jen Greenholt, who performs ortho-bionomy at Elevate. Ortho-bionomy is bodywork based in osteopathy and homeopathy. Though Johnson said the practice is hard to explain, the technique has proven beneficial to her and other massage technicians whose hands suffer from overuse. She said this technique encourages the body’s natural healing processes.

Sue Mckinstry, who also provides her services at Elevate, worked as a physical therapy assistant for 17 years. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2008. Her specialty is deep tissue massage to help with range of motion and stretching.

The spa also offers yoga, with instruction from Maureen O’Driscoll and several other instructors who provide private and group classes in the studio at the back of the spa.

Elevate Wellness Spa is located at 222 Fifth St. in Ouray. For more information, contact them at 970-325-7233 or visit elevatewellnessspa.com.