Framed prints of flowers hang on dark, burgundy walls, illuminated by light cast from a curved, modern floor lamp. Between them, leather couches and chairs sit waiting to cradle visitors with their wraparound backs and arms. Cream carpeting gives way to tiled flooring as visitors make their way from the waiting area to treatment rooms?and while they walk, they follow in the footsteps of elite clients that include Ravi Bansal, the 2009 Miss Universe Canada contestant.
Within treatment nooks in their locations in Vancouver and Surrey, therapists refine skin and ease tension through a range of services that include massages, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, mani-pedis, and weight-loss treatments, among others. The Compu-Lift machine is one of many star technologies at the med spa, infusing the face with ultrasonic vibration and microcurrents in order to oxygenate skin and counteract signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots that spell out your birth year.
The history of Top Touch Beauty Salon goes all the way back to 1987 in India, where the salon's founder watched her mother open her first beauty parlour. As the mother’s business grew, her daughter looked on, learning traditional beauty techniques through hands-on training. Today, the owner of Top Touch brings this tradition to Surrey, leading a team that performs haircuts, facials, waxing, and beauty services. Top Touch also specializes in full bridal packages and mehndi—or henna—artwork.
Bhupinder Oberoi, an experienced optician and contact-lens fitter, founded Gladwin Optical in 1993 with the help of his wife, brother, and sister-in-law. Today, the family also gets assistance from Oberoi’s daughters and nephews as they stock the shop with a large selection of designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Coach, and Versace, and perform free diagnostic optical tests to help patients determine whether their friends are real or imagined. Gladwin Optical can also outfit faces with prescription sunglasses to ensure a perfect view of every brilliant sunset or distant tire fire.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Delta's studio help students boost strength, stamina and flexibility by leading them through Bikram Choudhury's therapeutic 26 asanas and two specialized breathing exercises. Each dedicated teacher believes in the healing benefits of Bikram technique — for instance, Sunshine Zhang found that the technique alleviated her sciatic nerve flare-ups, and director Mak Pahar credits it with his recovery from injuries sustained in hockey games and wrestling matches with his doppelganger. Their pupils practice the soothing and strengthening postures amid a studio decorated with wall murals of rushing waterfalls, stylish black-leather furniture, stone-tiled shower rooms, and heated yoga rooms lined with mirrors.
Early in the morning, on February 2, 2012, WKX Gym burned to the ground. It was a big setback, but one that the staff fought back against like a phoenix in boxing gloves. Through the hard work of its owners and trainers, WKX reopened at a different location just a little more than a month later.
Similarly, WKX's instructors motivate their students to push through challenges as they build skills in MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing classes. To help students get the most out of their training, the gym even hosts special seminars lead by accomplished fighters.
Smoother, softer skin is the goal for ust about every treatment at York Laser Centre. Upon arrival, the staff primes the client's face by cleansing it of makeup and "Hello, My Name Is" stickers. When it comes to laser skin rejuvenation or skin tightening, the NaturaLase laser passes over skin, working to give it a softer texture and more radiance. The team also relies on lasers to take care of hair removal and the NaturaBrador handpiece is used for microdermabrasion. While clients' skin may get redder during treatment, each procedure is generally painless and requires no anesthesia or reassuring blankie.
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