“You can change your whole body. You can change your whole life.” This motto is personal for Time for War Fitness’ co-founder Jesse Bruce. After being picked on throughout his life for his diminutive size and suffering from low self-esteem, Bruce turned to weight lifting, and with his increased strength he gained confidence. He went on to graduate with a Kinesiology degree from the Niagara College for Fitness and Health Promotion and the University of Guelph-Humber, earn a certification in personal training, and win several obstacle races, including Warrior Dash Ontario, Urban Warrior, and the O Couse 10 times. At Time for War Fitness, Bruce has created warrior-camp programs that help members boost their self-confidence, increase their stamina, and rival the chiseled musculature of Queen Victoria’s stiff upper lip.
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.
In oases of wellness scattered across Canada, GoodLife Fitness strives to improve people's lives with exercise classes for all ages and skill levels. For cardio, there's RPM, a high-energy spinning class, or Jillian Michaels's metabolism-boosting BodyShred. For mental serenity as well as healthy flexibility, there's hot yoga and Pilates. And for strength training, there's BodyPump, a barbell class; BodyFlow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates; and BodyVive, a low-impact workout using Vive balls and tubes. GoodLife also offers corporate and business partnerships to ensure wellness in the workplace.
The certified therapists at Mississauga Colonics preach a message of health and wellness based on good nutrition and detoxification. They believe the bowels play a crucial part in the workings of the body, and if the colon becomes bogged down with debris and waste, the performance of all organs suffers. Colonics clear out this harmful material, allowing for better nutrient absorption and boosted energy levels when running from stampeding bulls. The clinic's other detox services include lymphatic massage, body wraps, infrared-sauna sessions, and juice cleanses.
Clay Detox Bath Therapy masters holistic health by brewing up finely calibrated clay baths that coax toxins and other undesirables from bodies. Impurities can build up within bodies in many ways, from atmosphere pollution to dietary choices; Clay Detox Bath Therapy gives these disease-inviting enemies a gentle farewell within a serene spa experience. For 20 to 25 minutes, customers relax in a tub of mineral-rich clay, which, like a tightrope made of celery stalks, eases bodies into a healthier balance. The holistic wizards at Clay Detox Bath Therapy offer 12 varieties of clay bath treatments, calibrated to target specific kinds of toxins and impurities. The formaldehyde detox bath helps to banish harmful traces of the aforementioned toxin—absorbed into systems from encounters with materials from carpeting to charcoal—and inorganic and organic forms of arsenic are given the one-two punch with the arsenic detox clay bath. Smokers who have recently quit can celebrate their new sweet-smelling cuticles from within the gelatinous confines of a smokers'/drug/cadmium detox clay bath, which draws out tobacco and nicotine residues as well as cadmium and residual traces of pharmaceuticals and film-noir soundtracks.
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.