Spa Médical Medina offers nailcare, waxing, massage, and skincare in a clean and inviting studio space. The staff dotes upon each client with one-on-one attention, regardless of whether they’re administering a french mani-pedi, a customized aromatherapy facial, or a bikini wax. To align inner and outer beauty, therapists also perform relaxation and hot-stone massages.
After years of working together in the salons of others, longtime friends and coworkers Sonia Lefebvre and Eve Parr joined forces to realize their dreams of opening their own business, working tirelessly to build 53 Karat from the ground up. Since opening 53 Karat in January of 2009, Sonia and Eve—backed by the talents and passion of their close-knit team of massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians—have steadfastly tackled the challenges and revelled in the joys of their work, their infectious excitement evident to all those who step through their doors. Bustling about their elegant styling stations forged from unfinished wood, coiffeurs bedizen hair with flattering highlights, and muscle manipulators in wood-floored private treatment rooms revive bodies weary from catapulting to work with tension-erasing massages. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious salon and spa with natural light, and the chic warehouse-like space retains a welcoming warmth thanks to rich red walls and cheery plants.
Though their service menu runs the gamut from simple manicures to high-tech cellulite treatments, Soho Esthétique pursues a single mission: to make clients feel more confident. An aesthetician with more than a decade of experience heads up the center’s staff to answer client questions and offer informed recommendations in English, French, and charades. Once treatment regimens have been customized to clients’ individual needs, the image experts call on products from G.M. Collin, Xtreme Lashes, and Medicam to bring their goals to fruition.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to establish the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, followed by a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa, where Daniel explain why male-centric services are necessary. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he said. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
The only thing gritty and rough at Bodé's Ottawa location are the unfinished concrete walls that wrap around the spacious spa. This coarse, earthy element, complemented by a robust fireplace and metal accents, gives the space a refined yet manly feel as highly trained technicians pamper gentlemen inside private treatment rooms. The hydro room—described by clients as a "rainforest grotto"—fosters relaxation as a registered massage therapist or massage practitioner eases tension and knots from bodies with a custom massage. Masculine tranquility is also found in a tailored foot and hand fixes, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and specialized skincare treatments, which offer exfoliation via chemical peels.
Metta Massage & Yoga Clinic's team of massage therapists, holistic practitioners, and yoga instructors strives to improve clients’ overall wellness through a combination of engaging classes and therapeutic massage. The expert yogis help students of all levels stretch out points of tension while increasing strength and flexibility within the sunny clinic's vibrant red walls accented by billowy curtains. Each instructor works with clients, customizing therapy sessions to best improve their range of movement, strength, and ability to imitate the shape of various balloon animals. To relieve sore muscles and chronic pain, the massage therapists dissolve aches with multiple modalities of massage such as the expertly placed pressure of deep-tissue massage and Thai Massage Practitioners perform the body-and-mind-soothing strokes of Thai massage.