Our Family in Wellness
'Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you'
About The Haven
The Haven is the vision of Krysta, a Calgary native and The Haven's Owner/Bodywork Practitioner who ran a vibrant, award winning massage business in New Westminster, BC for over ten years (Link here). In 2020 she moved back to Alberta to be closer to her elderly, recently widowed mother. Wanting to realize a grander vision of her previous business, she came across the future spa's historic brick home and The Haven was born.
The Haven is a customer centered business. Clients are never rushed out the door, receiving their full time in treatment as Krysta does not believe in overbooking hers or her practitioners' schedules. She recommends that people allow for at least a half hour around their treatment time to allow for optimal relaxation. The Haven offers complimentary filtered and re-mineralized water, coffee, tea, sparkling water and locally and homemade treats for client enjoyment. We have partnered with many local businesses to bring specially created bath products, soaps, candles and coffee.
Our beautiful relaxation garden (or in the cooler months our glassed in porch/sunroom) is the perfect place to unwind and let your tensions go before or after your treatment.
The Haven is also pet-friendly, clients who cannot leave their dogs alone at home are welcome to bring them along to treatment.
The Haven upholds strict Covid-19 cleanliness protocol to help you feel safe and stay healthy during your time with us.
The spa holds the Internationally recognized CIDESCO Sanitation Certification,
The Haven is dedicated to the memory of Krysta's late mother, who passed away suddenly in January, 2022.
A portion of proceeds of all sales in our retail boutique as well as all sales of The Haven's Strawberry Rhubarb jam are donated to various animal charities in her memory.
Krysta and her team of wellness professionals can't wait to welcome you into their home away from home.
'Krysta really cares about her clients and her community. Her smile and laugh are contagious. This is what sets her apart. She is a light in this community and I have only heard nice things said about her.'
Krysta, Owner of The Haven
Certified Bodywork Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, DOG MOM and Natural Beauty Treatment Specialist
Krysta was born and raised in Calgary where she pursued studies in ballet and contemporary dance. In 1993 she migrated to the West Coast of B.C. to fulfil her passions where she danced professionally in Canada, the USA and Europe for 25 years prior to finding her niche in the healing arts as a Bodyworker/Manual Therapist.
Krysta has over 20 years experience and education in Manual Therapy, Yoga, Somatics and Dance and Movement Therapy. She received her Certification as a Bodyworker/Spa Therapist from the Vancouver School of Healing Arts in 2011, graduating with Honors at the top of her class. Her former business of ten years, Momentum Bodywork and Massage, won the prestigious New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Award for Business of the Year in 2017 and the Quality Day Spa Award for Best Day Spa in New Westminster in 2020.
Believing our bodies work as a unit, nervous system included, Krysta's sessions are an intuitive blend of Deep Tissue, Structural Integration and Relaxation techniques. Her massage style addresses the root of tension and pain in the body while simultaneously providing deep relaxation, soothing the nervous system which allows the therapeutic work to set in. She also has training in Holistic Esthetics, providing beauty treatments with organic products to empower men and women to feel their best from the inside out.
Krysta lives an active life and loves spending time in nature, running, cycling and paddleboarding. She is also a 'Dog Mom' to her rescue pup Sailor, who frequents the 'Spaw' periodically. Clients appreciate her sense of humor, her down to earth, no-nonsense attitude and her caring, patient approach to the healing process. She loves to help people and has spent much of her professional career mentoring new health and wellness practitioners. Krysta is presently training to be a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and is excited to providing Cochrane with her unique style of therapeutic, relaxing and integrative massage while supporting Cochrane's wellness and small business community
Certified Aesthetician and Dog Mom
Mandy holds a certification in Medical Aesthetics from The Maritime Art Institute of Holistic Esthetics. She has been working with skin since 2006 and her focus at The Haven is relaxing Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Brows, Lashes and Relaxation Massage. Her passion is skincare and you haven't had a facial until you've booked with Mandy!
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two Huskys and is training to become a Birth Doula.
Registered Massage Therapist and Dog Mom
Kate is an Aussie based here in Cochrane! She arrived in Canada with a certificate in Swedish Massage and how holds her 2200 hour Registered Massage Therapy certification. She is presently finishing an Advanced Clinical Course at Makami College in Calgary.
Kate excels in providing relaxing and therapeutic treatments to her clients and enjoys the pampering spa atmosphere over a more clinical setting. She has quickly cultivated a regular clientele and we are proud to have her as part of our wellness family! She also offers spa add-ons to her treatments such as Mini Facials, Scrubs and Hot Stones.
When she isn't at The Haven, you'll find her hanging with her dog Gunner, going on adventures!
She looks forward to meeting you
Certified Bodywork Practitioner and Dog Mom
Melissa is a nurturing and intuitive bodyworker whose intention is to meet every-body with full presence. She aims to maintain a holistic and collaborative approach with her clients to prioritize comfort, care, and connection. Her massage style dually serves as both relaxing and therapeutic, drawing on practices primarily from Swedish, Myofascial Release, and Deep Tissue modalities. With a strong understanding of anatomy and the ways tension and stress manifest in the body, you can expect to experience a highly personalized session specific to your needs and desired pressure. Melissa is a graduate of the 700 hr Bodywork Therapy Program at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She views this career path as one of lifelong learning and is working towards increasing her skills and experience with continued education.
Born and raised in lower mainland, B.C. Melissa now calls Calgary her home. In addition to practicing bodywork, her commitment to wellness and service has also found expression through supporting households with cleaning and organizing. When not offering healing touch at The Haven, or caring for homes in Calgary, she enjoys spending time in nature with her Husky, sharing a good meal with friends, and practicing yoga at her local studio.
Melissa feels honoured to be practicing at The Haven and looks forward to connecting with you.
Note: As the haven is pet friendly clients with allergies to fur bearing animals may wish to let us know when booking so we can ensure there are no residual allergens in the waiting area.
Animals are not allowed in treatment rooms
Sailor, The Haven Hound
Herrooo I'm Sailor, The Haven Hound and rescue doggo extraordinaire! Sometimes I come to the Spaw to help mommy, you might see me working hard to keep the prairie dogs from coming around, they aren't real dogs!
If I'm there I'll greet you with a wag an a wiggle (watch your shoes I'm a shoe-stealing love bug). I am shy when you first meet me so if you give me space and lots of treats I'll be your best friend fur-ever!
I love helping mommy work, she gives the best healing belly rubs and I do Zen-Dog really well!
I can hardly wait to meet you (bring snacks)!
Emmy, Spoiled Brat
Yes hello, my name is Emmy and while mommy thinks she runs the Spaw, it's really my house.
I enjoy head scratches and warm laps, no belly rubs please I'm ticklish. I hate manicures and enjoy giving dry-needling treatments to client's laps if you would like it added to your stay free of charge.
I will greet you on my terms, if you have an allergy I will likely be more interested in getting to know you so let mommy know when you arrive and I'll try not to take it personally. You can make it up to me by throwing some treats my way and I will go mind my own business in my basement suite.