The licensed massage therapists at At Touch from Above Massage Therapy take a therapeutic approach to massages, as evidenced by their partnership with Blue Cross. But even though they focus on achy areas, they don't forget to send their guests into states of sublime relaxation. Hot-stone and relaxation massages fit the bill for that goal, soothing tense muscles for 30 minutes to two hours.
Ruth Holmgren runs Off Whyte Skin Care Studio with vast technical knowledge and a sharp eye for beauty. As a fully licensed aesthetician, Ruth has the know-how to remake visages using a variety of spa treatments including microdermabrasion, airbrush makeup, and waxing. Her LipoLaser treatments help deteriorate layers of unsightly fat cells, and chemical peels strip away layers of dead cells to reveal smooth skin free of scars and wrinkles in the shape of the Parisian Metro.
Jillian Kaliel began her spa career by welcoming clients into her home for meticulous manicures. Now joined by fellow aestheticians and a registered massage therapist, Jillian oversees a 2,500-square-foot environment that combines the products, technology, and talent of a downtown spa with the personalized attention of her original home practice. The spa's hydrating facials, chip-resistant Gelish mani-pedis, and aromatherapy massages address different cosmetic concerns and relaxation needs, but every treatment seeks to accentuate clients' natural beauty instead of just taping printouts of the Mona Lisa onto their faces.
High on a bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley, the historical Fairmont Hotel Macdonald speaks to nearly a century of Victorian elegance. Nestled within the chateau, The Macdonald Health Club matches suit, combining the equipment and amenities of a gym with luxury fitted to its surroundings. The centre's elliptical trainers, treadmills, and stationary bikes elevate pulses and fortify hearts, comprising one half of a workout completed by free weights and Technogym resistance machines. A few laps in the 40-foot saline swimming pool followed by a relaxing sit in either the sauna or steam room eases visitors’ minds by keeping their vestigial gills moist. Beyond the amenity-laden changing rooms stocked with various bath and haircare products, the club also features grace notes such as squash courts and a private sundeck with beverage service.
Spa Opus is an oasis offering services that appease demanding appendages and soothe tender muscles. The well-trained massage therapists and technicians ensure clients climb to the pinnacle of relaxation, where a reclining chair and bubble wrap patiently wait . The 60-minute massage is tailored to each client's needs, addressing their physical, mental and medical conditions. Garner a candy coating with the chocolate body melt, where skin is nourished with pure cocoa and sprinkled with crunchy almond pieces. Besides complementing nougat centers, chocolate therapies help improve skin texture with minerals such as magnesium and potassium, and moisturize the dermis with skin-plumiping lipids. For those who can't decide which decadent pampering to choose, gift cards can be used for any service, giving customers time to calm quarreling parts who feel more deserving.
EvelineCharles Academy's husk pamperers are trained in the experienced hands of certified cosmetology, aesthetics and make-up instructors to divine body-bolstering results for their clients. An extensive menu of services lavishes women, men, and children ages 6 and up with hair and body treatments, providing a better option for how to spend Household Spa Day than simply imagining an updo. Harvest head-turns with a women's haircut and style ($20–$30) and a solid colour treatment ($35), or treat a macho mug to deserving swoons provided by a men's haircut ($10–$20). A facial ($40) adds vibrancy to tired façades, and a mani-pedi ($50) dotes on digits. Rescue personal dignity from furry clutches without disowning Grandpa with a waxing for the brows ($15), back ($35) or lower leg ($25), among other options.
The hair and nail therapists at Icon Hair Gallery wield an arsenal of sustainable and eco-conscious haircare products. They may use Davines haircare products, which are kept in reusable food-grade containers; plant-based Phyto products; or Kevin Murphy formulas culled from plant extracts, natural antioxidants, and essential oils. Hair technicians slather tresses in these products during washes and conditioning treatments, apply color and highlights, or trim men's and women's hair into current fashions or an homage to neo-Gothic chapels. Salon staffers combine many services with scalp massages and also perform manicures and pedicures.