At the Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing, experienced practitioners integrate East Indian Ayurveda medicine with other forms of holistic healing to nurture patients' overall wellness. Thai yoga massage unites yoga poses and hands-on bodywork to help clients release tension, improve circulation, and morph into their spirit animal. As participants hold guided postures, therapists press their palms and thumbs against the body's energy lines and pressure points. The massage techniques strive to balance each client's innate energies so the body can heal itself and find the courage to stand up to weak showerheads.
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.
At Islington/Bloor Dentist, Dr. Roger Avila and his team of dentists, hygienists, and specialists aim to avoid complex dental operations. They aren’t shirking their duties, though—rather, the staffers are focused on preventing problems through patient education. They take the time to construct custom home-care programs for their clients after thorough examinations, teaching them to continually safeguard their health.
While patients are in the office, the specialists provide preventative care by safeguarding against tooth decay with plastic sealant, or catching problems in their earliest stages with x-rays. Should more intensive services be needed, advanced dental technology allows them to restore smiles with crowns, veneers and implants, rather than filling in gaps with miniature marshmallows. Further underscoring the importance of patient education, the staff can consult in Spanish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese, as well as English.
When you look around Xtreme's 33,000 square feet of space, it's hard to discern what stands out the most. Is it the 40-plus cardio machines? The free weights, sauna, or juice bar? Every gymgoer can find something special under this roof—and there's still more than enough room for Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts, and boot camp classes, too. If that wasn't enough, each class is led by a dynamic instructor and some of the staff even boasts experience in the UFC ring. The facility also opens up at 5:30 a.m. during the week to accommodate regular work schedules and anyone who works out as their day job and child care services are available to members at no additional cost.
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.