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.
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.
A row of smoky glass chandeliers float high above chic styling stations, each of which is decked out with mirrors that reach to the lofty ceiling. The black-and-white monochrome scheme of The Beauty Lounge is rendered only more glamorous by the gleaming silver fixtures and an intricate floral wallpaper. The elegant ambience immediately evokes a sense of indulgence, which is solidified with a full array of upscale salon and spa treatments. Stylists enact on-trend coifs, while private rooms decked in all white host facials and massages. The beauty lounge's front area stocks skin- and haircare products by Kevin Murphy, Schwartzkopf, and Dermalogica for clients to maintain looks throughout the workweek or after doing yoga in a wind tunnel.
Sandlewood Spa & Wellness Centre owner and proprietor Tracy Adams-Willcott employs her 25 years of experience and continuing education in aesthetics to help beautify physiques from face to toe with a suite of well-rounded services. Her anti-aging facial combines a cold laser with a glycolic treatment to help reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and signs of laughing and having fun too frequently. Waxings de-fuzz bodies in myriad locales, from eyebrows and lips to underarms and bikini lines, leaving skin smooth and hair-free. Tracy also offers professional, chair-side Beaming White teeth-whitening treatments, which combine a whitening gel and the power of an LED light to brighten bicuspids in as little as 20 minutes.
It’s only natural that Brandy Buchanan’s treatment plans draw from a variety of therapeutic methods—she is a registered acupuncturist, experienced spa therapist, yoga instructor, and has a master’s-level diploma in traditional Chinese medicine. She often uses acupuncture and massage in the same session, including a cupping style of massage that uses suction from glass cups pressed against the skin to draw blood into muscles. Methods such as these support her specialization in pain management, a practice she furthers by recommending home exercises to help correct postural imbalances and give self-worth back to neglected free weights.