The massage therapists and aestheticians at Body Works Day Spa nurture the body and mind with a full menu of soothing services. Skincare treatments cleanse and rejuvenate pores, and all-natural spray tans imbue hides with a sun-kissed glow without exposure to damaging UV rays. Waxing sessions remove unwanted hair from virtually anywhere for a few weeks, and laser hair-removal treatments yield longer-lasting results. In the privacy of a special room, couples massages allow pairs to lie side by side as therapists knead away their tension, knots, and his-and-hers charlie horses.
The sheer breadth of the spa menu at Orange Skye Body and Beauty Bar speaks to its staff's chief goal: to heal and beautify at once. Massages soothe overworked bodies and minds with aromatherapy or hot stones. Facials erase blemishes, firm skin, and relax their recipients. Infrared sauna sessions evict toxins and ease pain, and full body wraps or scrubs soften and tighten skin.
The licensed therapists at Medical Massage Clinic dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.
Blue Firmament Holistic Center's services span from health-spa treatments to classes and workshops, all of which strive to bolster corporal and mental serenity. Lessons on yoga and dance—including Zumba fitness, belly dancing, and pole dancing—lead physiques into sinuous routines that augment strength and flexibility. Other group events might include drumming performances or meditation seminars, and tarot card and candle readings, when held simultaneously, predict upcoming poker table fires. Different massage modalities can also reduce muscular tension as they knead away stress.
The center places great emphasis on natural pathways to wellness, prepping its spa procedures and juice bar with exclusively organic ingredients. On weekends, guests can munch on uncooked meals from Maggie's Raw Love Cafe to avoid raspberries from burnt tongues.
The savvy team at Epiphany Day Spa dispels stress and unprettiness with a hefty roster of hair services, skincare and bodycare treatments, and spa packages. After slipping into a robe and slippers, clients can lounge in a private room, where a licensed aesthetician buffs away dead skin cells and skin dullness with microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists revive lackluster manes with braids, weaves, and coloring services, while intimate massage rooms create a welcoming and warm environment for clients to kick up their feet and de-stress during 60-minute sessions.
The candlelit crevices of the spa further encourage guests to relax, nibble on complimentary cheese and crackers, and sip soothing cups of tea or coffee as they retreat to the waiting lounge to enjoy a moment of peace or attempt to recite the Declaration of Independence in pig Latin. Those in search of a domestic skincare regime can peruse Epiphany’s stock of moisturizers, eye creams, and masks from the Your Name Cosmetics and CosMedical Skin Care lines.
At iConic Nail & Spa, trained and experienced technicians use sterilized and sealed instruments to tend to nails, body hair, and skin. Manicures and pedicures adorn fingers and toes with colorful polish, coupled with exfoliation and ingredients such as fruit, peppermint, or green tea. Swedish and hot-stone massages soothe muscles, and hot waxes remove unwanted hair from areas such as the eyebrows, the chin, or the legs.