An Indian-born and -educated Ayurvedic practitioner, Ismat Nathani was determined to create a place in the Western hemisphere that shared the wonder of East Indian medicine while still maintaining its historic integrity. In 2002, she founded Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing, or CAISH, which fosters the holistic arts through three branches: education, healing, and wellness products. An extensive education program accepts both beginners and advanced professionals into accredited courses on techniques ranging from yoga to Ismat's specialty, neurotherapy. Visitors may also receive holistic and Ayurvedic treatments from CAISH's menu of wellness services, such as acupuncture and steam baths practiced in five treatment rooms throughout the 1,500-square-foot facility. A selection of essential oils and Ayurvedic herbs encourages at-home health maintenance more pleasantly than a meditation CD filled with a mother's guilt trips.
At National Training Centers, instructors tackle the difficult task of improving athletes' hockey game without any ice. Instead, they train the body to perform better in the rink, with balance yoga classes dedicated to improving leg flexibility and core strength. Instructors help players hone their stride and endurance with skating-technique-based treadmill classes. All of their training focuses on the essential attributes of an ice-rink athlete: core strength, agility, power, speed, and the ability to walk on frozen water.
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.