A good relationship may develop through shared experiences...
But a great relationship requires that something extra…
That something you just can’t teach; it has to be within you...
So before we begin, a therapist must have the ability to empathize, to listen and to work together with their client to get their desired results.
We love having a warm, friendly family atmosphere with a large regular clientele, many of whom have been coming to see us for many years and some decades. Some clients even travel from outside the Auckland area. Some clients have rung or emailed from overseas to arrange visits on their return to New Zealand. Friends and family often come in together or many bump into each other during their visits.
We believe in an honest approach to all our skin care and treatments and are happy to give sensible truthful advice to everyone on any aspects of skin care products and procedures available in today’s confusing and diverse beauty industry. Don’t be scared to ask about products from the supermarket or found online – we focus on ingredients not brand names – we just want you to achieve beneficial results.
We like to believe we are your Skin Coach or personal trainer, guiding and educating you through the complexities of all the gimmicks and fads of the Beauty Industry.
A little bit of our history.
“Images” is a small Beauty Therapy Clinic established in Papatoetoe well over 33 years ago. Christine has owned and operated Images since October 1998 – 20 years. It has been through many changes over this time. Images gradually grew from 2 to 7 Full and Part-time Therapists and even expanded into the shop next door with the addition of a hairsalon with 2 hairdressers. In 2010 Christine decided to downsize, so she sold the hairsalon and closed the connecting door. At the end of 2010 we experienced a small disaster – our infamous FIRE, and we temporarily moved into the upstairs rooms in Papatoetoe Auto Electricians behind our premises for 6 weeks while the clinic was repaired and repainted. It was an adventure for our clients and us.
Kate and Satwinder have both worked alongside Christine for over 15 and 13 years respectfully, so we have been a team for a very long time.
Christine West has a background in microbiology and biochemistry, 32 years as an aesthetician, and a personal philosophy to never stop learning. This certainly makes Christine one of Auckland’s best kept secrets. Christine trained in 1984/85 at the International College of Camille – a Brand new Auckland Beauty Therapy School at the time, Christine was one of the original first 6 students with just one teacher from England. She had left a career in laboratory technology to work with People. After graduating Christine worked firstly in a Clinic in Whakatane for 3 years then worked a further 9 years in her own clinic in Kawerau. Christine specialises in Electrolysis, IPL and Skin Care.
Kate Melling is a local girl, born and raised in Papatoetoe, trained at MIT and began working at Images not long after graduating, nearly 15 years ago. She has become a very skilled Beauty Therapist in most aspects of Beauty Therapy – waxing, facials, skin care, massage and IPL. Kate has a patient nature and is great at some of the more fiddly treatments such as lash extensions and lash perms, pedicures and manicures. Kate has been very involved in the local theatre group and every year has participated in putting on their regulars shows – she works behind the scenes with lighting and sound and lately front of house.
Satwinder Kaur has worked at Images for about 13 years, shortly after emigrating from India. Satwinder trained for 2 years in India for her “City and Guilds” in Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy (A British Qualification recognised around the world). She too has a calm, patient nature and works in all aspects of Beauty Therapy – waxing, threading, facials, skin care and massage. Satwinder also specialises in Electrolysis and IPL, Advanced Electrolysis and Skin Needling. Satwinder has 2 children – her son Anmol 12 and her daughter Gurleen 7.