The team at Toronto Adventures create winter, summer, spring, or fall fun adventures by taking urbanites out of their condos and A-frames and into the area's nearby-yet-faraway outdoor streams, trails, and forests. In winter, the guides lead groups snowshoeing in the Humber Valley and Copeland Forest, and in warmer months, they glide teams over two rivers for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Paddlers cast gentle ripples over waters that harbour salmon and turtles while admiring shores that shelter deer, foxes, and blue heron.
Summer enthusiasts can also bask in the warm weather by sailing on Lake Ontario in keelboats, staring directly into the sun, or standing astride a paddleboard at Sunnyside Beach. For land lovers, guided hikes explore the Humber and Rouge valleys as well as the Bruce Trail. Toronto Adventures also offers adventure bus trips, dogsledding, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, and sailing.
GreenLife Health Centre traces the origins of its practices back 5,000 years. The family-oriented clinic uses Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicines to promote healing and wellness. During acupuncture treatments, several fine needles nestle into the skin and cause the body to produce endorphins. In turn, the endorphins relieve pain, induce relaxation, and foster a sense of solidarity with pincushions. Other detoxifying treatments include medicated baths, ion cleanses, and hot-stone massages.
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Most popular service: Teeth whitening
Brands Used: Beaming White
Blazing Smile's technicians can bring their office to your home with their mobile teeth-whitening services. Before each treatment, the team sets up equipment, including a gel-activating lamp, in a space of your choosing. The process allows you to relax, enjoy your own music, and sit in whichever chair or tub of Jell-O you prefer as your teeth become two, three, or even eight shades whiter.
Blazing Smile also makes teeth whitening into a group activity, bringing their services to parties and gatherings. And for those who prefer a clinical setting, the company also offers in-office whitening treatments, by appointment.
At The Amatsu Way, Susana Solari practices amatsu therapy, an ancient Japanese treatment that believes overall wellness is achieved by re-balancing the entire body while working on soft tissue. During a typical session, clients lie on a table like best-selling rag doll Washcloth Willy as the practitioner employs light pressure, massage kneads, and natural body movements such as gentle folds, lifts, and twists to reach the soft tissue. Once applied, the techniques can yield an array of benefits, including reduced pain, restored balance, and increased circulation. Susana also practices Indian scalp massage.
Madd About Zumba’s name speaks to that of its founder—Maddalena Pignatari. With a BFA in Dance from York University and a Zumba certification, Maddalena is particularly mad about dance fitness. She specializes in Zumba classes, whose Latin-inspired routines incorporate occasional workout-intensifying props and weights. High-octane latin-pop music provides a soundtrack to the classes, as well as small-group or private personal-training sessions, whose curricula are more tailored to their participants. Personal-training regimens prevent fitness plateaus with three distinct workout phases, and can include a nutrition plan.
Dr. Nawandeep Kalra, the dentist behind Sunshine Dental Clinic, keeps teeth and gums healthy using skills honed at Guru Nanak Dev University and New York University, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She and her team perform services that range from routine checkups with digital x-rays to dental implants, always following the principles of minimally invasive dentistry. That means that if decay is present, they remove only the minimum amount of tissue required, working to save patients' original teeth—and their wallets—from undue stress.