Therapists Shannon Burnett and Danielle Hughes each discovered the benefits of holistic health care while seeking treatment for issues in their own lives. Unresponsive to medications, Shannon's young son's behavioral issues left her exasperated until she discovered Bowen therapy. Impressed by the calming results this acupressure technique had on her son, she began getting treatments herself, and soon decided to share the therapy with others. Fellow practitioner Danielle Hughes, born with a congenital hip dysplasia, also sought relief from medications and physical therapy to no avail. Her discovery of Reiki made an enormous difference in her life, and like Shannon, she sought to share the benefits with the world. Together, the certified therapists perform a wide range of whole-body services at their Cambridge studio. Through alternative therapies such as axiatonal alignment, Indian head massage, and reiki, practitioners seek to rejigger energy pathways to keep systems flowing smoothly and chi from engaging in illegal spirit-road races, and remedies such as massage and craniosacral therapy take a hands-on approach to easing bodily tension. For spiritual health, Bach Flower Remedies work to balance emotional states and banish irrational fears with selections from 37 homeopathically prepared flower essences. Let It Heal Cambridge also periodically educates clients with workshops on topics such as meditation, aromatherapy, and spiritual development, helping each person retain balance at home without buying a human-size kickstand.
Hailing from around the globe, the staff members at Euro Reflections Hair Studio & Spa employ diverse spa and salon savvy to bolster beauty from tip to toe. Seven pastel-hued spa rooms foster serenity, while a designated couples’ room grants pairs privacy as they relax or rehearse for impending tandem beauty pageants. Signature treatments—such as permanent make-up applications or halotherapy—marry modern scientific practices with traditional procedures to create hybrid approaches to bodily betterment.
At Elysis, registered massage therapists work to liberate weary bodies from the tyranny of muscle tension. During a 30-minute Swedish massage, a skilled therapist's healing hands not only serve as perfect turkey stencils but also help to ease chronic pain and improve the body's circulation. After a soothing massage, guests can usher their feet into a 30-minute ion cleanse foot spa. Warm salt water saturates weary phalanges, designed to cleanse bodies of clingy toxins and balance off-kilter pH levels. After a detoxifying footbath, patrons may experience a brightening of their complexion, more restful slumber, and an increased likelihood of sprouting wings.
Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions combines the unique approaches of various healthcare professionals, including a chiropractor, a physiotherapist, a naturopathic doctor, a Jedi knight, and several registered massage therapists. Patients come in for personalized services ranging from chiropractic adjustments to hot-stone massages to holistic nutrition consultations. The sleek wellness centre is festooned with Asian-inspired decor such as Buddha statues and bamboo shoots planted in pebbles.
At Moksha Yoga Guelph, the hot yoga series starts with a deceptively simple pose—Savasana, or corpse pose, in which participants lie flat on their backs. The vigorous, toning series accelerates from there, though. Participants work up a sweat in a sequence of standing poses, then a series of floor poses, before circling back to their original passive posture.
The center doesn't focus exclusively on yoga, though—other wellness options abound. In the Ocean float room, for example, visitors float in a pool dense with salt, lit by underwater LED lights and a star-studded cathedral ceiling. The center's steam showers, meanwhile, deep-clean pores and strip away toxins, leaving physiques feeling refreshed.
At The Pines Spa, certified aestheticians swathe guests in customized elixirs designed to draw out the body's natural luminescence. The intense-hydrating facial swaddles faces in a nourishing mask loaded with hydrating serums, ameliorating the skin damaging effects of high-noon showdowns and swimming pools filled with money. The rejuvenating facial presents a speedier treatment for less weathered visages. Skin savants exfoliate dull flesh and apply a rejuvenating treatment, resulting in a complexion as youthful and refreshing as a piglet-powered table fan. Alternatively, guests seeking customized cosseting can opt for the specialized facial. An able aesthetician will concoct a brew for treating each customer's unique facial terrain, drawing from The Pines Spa's cache of nourishing serums.