When Rosanne Balsom started emOcean, it was little more than a murky saltwater pool. Today, that crystal-clear swimming hole is the focal point among myriad spa and health services, ranging from massage and cosmetics to physiotherapy and podiatry. Adjacent to glass-fronted infrared saunas, aromatherapy steam showers reinvigorate the senses with warm mist, revitalizing scents, and the lilting giggles of complimentary fairies. Whether feeding guests or powdering recently exfoliated cheeks, the spa’s team keeps an eye on sustainability, using organic cotton robes, locally sourced Laughing Whale Coffee, and soy-based body scrubs.
The experienced stylists at Cosmo Salon treat all tresses to a slew of beautifying services, from extensions to cuts, colours, and highlights, using top-notch products from lines such as L'oréal Professionnel. After deciding on a look, a skilled stylist masterfully wields shears to snip, clip, and trim hair before a smoothing deep-conditioning treatment ensues to keep strands manageable and not confused for a tumbleweed. Clients may also undergo a fashionable cut revamped by a colouring and enhanced by a 10-foil treatment for a splash of flashy highlights. After a blow-dry puts each strand into its stylish place, clients re-enter the world with a signature look and rejuvenated sense of confidence.
The MLD Clinic soothes and detoxifies tissues through the techniques of manual lymphatic drainage. In a 60-minute massage, a trained therapist certified by the Dr. Vodder School applies light and precise hand movements to epidermal terrain, eschewing long strokes, vigorous kneading, and dramatic monologues in an effort to promote the decongesting flow of lymphatic fluid within tissues without increasing blood circulation. The clinic's specialists lavish their soothing touch directly on the skin, not letting even oils, lotions, or mime-constructed invisible walls come between their hands and the client's epidermis. The technique can help the lymphatic system flush away harmful toxins and reduce painful swelling in bodily tissues.
With almost 20 years of experience as an aesthetician, Jodi Naas has encountered and learned to meet the needs of nearly every skin type out there. But that's not the extent of her expertise: she accentuates her services with 12 years of work with laser therapies and 10 years in clinical aesthetics. Drawing from all her years of breakthroughs with clients, she now offers a lengthy menu of services, including SharpLight lasers to improve skin texture, pulsed light to reduce the appearance of rosacea, and infrared technology to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of scars. In addition to these high-tech procedures, she also offers cosmetic services such as brow tinting, manicures, and whispering compliments until cheeks naturally blush.
With a service menu that ranges from updos to pedicures, Soho Spa truly pampers its clients from head to toe. Inside the serene red-walled space, stylists revamp looks with cut and coloring services, massage therapists soothe muscles with relaxation massages, and estheticians use premium Bioline products to perform four specialized facials designed to nourish and repair the skin. Staffers can also remove unwanted hair, veins, acne scars, and tattoos from the body with cutting-edge laser-based technology, as well as reverse the clock with JUVEDERM and Botox injections.
Holistic healer Susan Hirshberg draws upon her training as a Reiki Master, certified CranioSacral therapist, and animal behaviorist to treat clients at Heart of the Tree. Her gentle touch helps calm minds and balance energies during private therapy sessions, and she shares further insight into reiki techniques during classes. As an animal behaviorist, Susan can also address issues in cats, dogs, horses, and farm animals.