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.
The serene downtown spa is a soothing oasis for tired and tense city folk seeking a respite from the blaring horns, wailing sirens, and smooth-jazz flutists that pollute the city's potential placidity. A mani-pedi is a decadent way to indulge in much-needed personal pampering, and over the course of the appointment, your opposable knuckle sticks will be equipped with shiny new finger helmets worthy of a hand model. Put your hands and feet where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges. Cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition. The skilled 'curists will massage your feet with their hands and your hands with their feet, and your handlebars and kick stands will be left feeling buttery and spry. A deliberate polishing finishes up your transformation from hand abandon to extreme extremity envy.
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.