Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. So when the owners of Optiks International and Factory Optical saw a chance to vertically integrate their business model—and cut down time between an eye exam and obtaining glasses—they jumped on it. The optometrists inside their chain offer the convenience of one-stop lens shopping. Technicians can create custom-fitted standard, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, including digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of chosen frames.
Each store stocks a supply of more than 4,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Oakley, Gucci, Versace, Ray-Ban, Guess, Prada, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing clients to give a pair of glasses to a family member or pair their purchase with prescription sunglasses to avoid darkening regular specs with a whiteboard marker when leaving the house.
Founded 29 years ago with a single, small club, World Health expanded its healthy presence across Calgary with today's 7 locations. Ultramodern equipment and friendly staffers fill each hub, supplementing a variety of group fitness classes and personal-training sessions with flexible membership options. In Revs and Revs Plus classes, bike-mounted students pedal through aerobic drills before slow-downs allow for safe speed-bump crossing and heart-rate recovery. Fight-inspired Kick classes coalesce self-defence moves from karate, boxing, and kickboxing; Breathe’s gentle combination of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi beckons internal peace with flexibility and balance exercises. For a solo workout session, personable trainers customize sessions that chase each individual’s fitness goals. With the help of a personal trainer, exercisers often note a greater sense of motivation and accountability, improved fitness and nutritional knowledge, and biceps that literally take the shape of pistols.
StillPoint Healing Centre greets physiques with holistic massage, acupuncture, yoga classes, and workshops for nurturing the body and mind. Skilled yogis shepherd sun-saluters to peace of mind with a slate of sessions, such as classes for beginners, advanced dynamic-flow sessions, and sunrise meetings for early risers and insomniac owls. The centre's registered massage therapists and acupuncturists ease aches with five distinct massage modalities—such as deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Thai massage—and the precise placement of microfilament needles. Benefits range from stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems to relieved tension to improved range of motion, which can help when running backward to stare at and still escape from an attractive ghost.
The instructors at Lion's Breath Yoga are all different—they hail from different backgrounds and started doing yoga for different reasons. One thing that links them, though, aside from being part of the Lion's Breath team: they've all found where they fit. Inside the peaceful facility, these individuals help students do the same by leading a wide range of yoga classes. This yoga continuum, as it's called, stretches from gentle entry practices for beginners to vigorous practices for those looking for more of a challenge. No matter which grouping you fit into, the goal here remains the same: help you transform your life, body, and mind, all while avoiding more drastic measures of transformation such as replacing your limbs with Lego blocks.
Aromas of warm cedar emanate from the recycled cork flooring where instructors lead Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, yin yang, or detox classes within a studio heated to a warm 34–36 degrees Celsius or a hot 40–42 degrees Celsius. As the heat helps bodies release toxins and deepen stretches, the yogis guide their students through fluid movements and deeply held postures designed to strengthen muscles. After completing limb-limbering poses, students repose on a rented mat to experience a deep relaxation that's second only to sharing a sauna with Plato.
Once they complete muscle-toning workouts in the cedar-ceilinged studio, guests can freshen up in the vibrant orange changing room or socialize in the welcome room.
At Yoga Within, ancient poses serve as building blocks for both physical fitness and spiritual renewal. Certified instructors fill each class with warmth and positivity, helping students of all levels feel at home as they fortify their mind-body connection. Beginner Hatha routines acquaint new yogis with basics such as deep, focused breathing and relaxation techniques, and Kundalini sessions explore yoga’s spiritual side with mantras and meditation. Yoga poses are integrated into a circuit of cardio and muscle-toning exercises during Shape Your Buddha routines that focus on fitness, and yin yoga strengthens both mind and patience with energy-stimulating poses that are held for three to five minutes or until tension gets bored and leaves.
Voted Best Gym in the Bay Area 2011 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, World Gym San Francisco is home to plentiful cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, and chiropractic care facilities. After receiving a towel in the sea foam-green lobby, guests set foot in one of the gym's spacious exercise rooms to stretch on mats while waiting for exercise balls to hatch into personal trainers. Inside cardio rooms equipped with flat screen TVs, guests can catch up on news while their hearts catch up on skipped beats.
Steam rooms and dry saunas relax bodies tuckered from group classes such as boxing, spin, and yoga. A cafe vends fresh smoothies approved by the gym's nutrition programs, and a tanning bed bronzes newly toned physiques.
Winners of a 2009 Consumers' Choice Award, the trained techs at Edmonton Laser Centre harness the power of lasers to battle unwanted hair and superfluous curves. Staff members carefully calibrate lasers to focus in on target areas, leaving skin to bask in automated cooling functions that keep sensitive complexions and snowman patients comfortable. Free consultations and patch tests allow technicians and clients to evaluate their options before proceeding with treatment. For nonlaser polishing, LED and chemical-peel facial treatments soften lines and boost collagen production to leave visages with a more toned, youthful appearance.
Since 1998, the instructors at Salsaddiction have been infecting students of all ages with their passion for Latin dance, helming classes at numerous locations around the city, including the 4,000-square-foot Integration Pilates dance studio. Once they turn on the music, they’ll divulge salsa styles, such as the flamboyant L.A. school or the group-based, partner-swapping rueda de casino. The fiesta continues at regular social events where students can try out their moves between conversations with peers or uncooperative pairs of feet.
Dr. Sam Dhaliwal and Dr. Charanjit Sihota of Eyes on 34th help patients clear up blurry vision, diagnosing eye problems and providing comprehensive exams and one-hour lab turnover with myriad services. Once they determine how to enhance vision, they can dole out contact lenses or fit faces in designer frames from brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Ray-Ban. These frames and designer sunglasses line the glass perimeter of Eyes' sun-flooded practice, perfect conditions for peepers to grow from grass watered with eye drops.
At bē HOT YOGA, yogis of all levels practice poses designed to pump fresh oxygen through the body. To build strength and flexibility, poses are taught in a progressive sequence. In addition to complementing the poses, two deep-breathing techniques melt stress by purging mental clutter. Balmy temperatures infuse the practice space in some sessions, promoting litheness and drawing toxins to the skin’s surface. Impurities can then exit through beads of sweat, making the body feel energized and refreshed.
A chiropractor, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a doctor of herbal and integrative medicine, and a trio of massage therapists work at LifeSense Chiropractic + Wellness Studio. It is their home away from home, where they spend their days helping patients find relief from new and chronic pain. Also on staff is a doctor of herbal and integrative medicine, a branch of medicine that examines a single drop of blood under a powerful microscope to determine one’s health and favourite jellybean flavor.
True Yoga, housed within a former Chinese temple, welcomes students to practice Ashtanga yoga in a serene environment. The studio's instructors specialize in the restorative postures of traditional Ashtanga yoga but also lead classes such as prenatal yoga, mother-and-baby yoga, baby massage, and birthing workshops. During morning classes, babysitters tend to little ones in an onsite childcare facility. The eco-friendly facility is also outfitted with free parking spaces and a small boutique.
A certified acupuncturist and reflexologist, David Turner believes that "good health comes from nurturing the soul, directing the mind, and caring for the body." At Simple Road Acupuncture & Reflexology, David takes a holistic, multi-faceted approach to healing his patients. In doing so, he calls upon treatments such as acupuncture, reflexology, auricular ear therapy, and traditional chinese therapies that often include herbal regimens.
At Lotus Soul Yoga, experienced practitioners and instructors lead a wide variety of yoga classes. The multidisciplinary gym offers styles such as hatha, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and warm flow. Additionally, the studio offers classes geared towards beginners, pre- or post-natal customers, and even family yoga, which is kid-friendly.