Candles, plants, and flowing curtains channel a warm, relaxing vibe in Samatva Yoga's custom-built studios, where students of all skill levels practice ancient poses with a modern twist. To expose pupils to a range of yogic styles, more than a dozen seasoned instructors build an interdisciplinary class lineup that fosters experimentation and self-growth. The studio's signature classes stem from classical traditions such as Hatha and Ashtanga, whose poses and breathing exercises cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus. Many sessions take place in muscle-loosening 105-degree temperatures, which help pores eject body-bound impurities and books on tape lodged in the subconscious. In addition to teaching backbends and arm stands to groups, staffers guide individuals through assisted poses during Thai massages and dissolve energy blockages with reiki treatments. At the downtown Kingston location, a sauna invites students to unwind and detoxify after they stretch and balance in classes and workshops.
In the early 1990s, Blackstar Body Piercing proprietor Roger Monahan found that public health guidelines lacked a comprehensive understanding of his industry. So he rewrote them. The municipality adopted the suggestions, and Roger was immediately pegged as a go-to expert on best practices for piercers. Then, in 1998, Roger's procedures for client safety and sterilization formed the basis of the Ontario Protocols, which the government adopted for personal service workers province-wide. Yet such meticulous procedures had always been the norm at Roger's own studio. In addition to Blackstar's hygienic installation of body art, clients enjoy free aftercare support and detailed advice to ensure that pierced navels heal properly and that hula hoops are only used as earrings with due caution.
Within the calming green walls at Soothing Oasis Spa, certified aestheticians maintain a tranquil oasis in the midst of a hectic world, helping clients reduce stress and refresh bods with head-to-toe pampering services. They nix unwanted patches of hair with the help of warm wax, festoon nails in brilliant hues during mani-pedis, and help faces regain long-ago looks via anti-aging facials.
At their newly opened location, the skin therapists at Solace Spa cater to clients' beauty needs with advanced products, from body sugar for hair removal to Dermalogica facials free of dyes, fragrances, and fillers. Their strict adherence to proper health-care and cleaning practices leave clients to relax at ease.
The Live Well Centre strengthens souls and invigorates bodies through holistic and constructive care that meted out over a medley of services. Chiropractic treatment includes an exam ($75) and follow-up adjustment ($35) to stimulate the nervous system, ensuring that misaligned spines don’t resort to disguising themselves as keyboards to experience a therapeutic strophic. Determined to discover the root of all illnesses, naturopathy ($175.15) explores the history, symptoms, and day-to-day health (mood, energy, digestion and sleep patterns) of each patient, guiding them to explore choices and goals that foster an overall sense of well-being through an initial consultation and exam.
The stylists at Trendsetter Hair Clinic are just as confident weaving in blonde extensions as they are braiding hair into cornrows or sweeping strands into elegant updos. Their lineup of haircare services covers cuts, colouring, and texturizing treatments. It's all part of owner Paluette Guelph's vision to not only pamper healthy hair, but to rehabilitate manes coping with hair loss or strands damaged by breakage or chemicals.
The clinic is stocked with products from brands such as Arosci and Redken, as well as wigs that range from natural looking to vibrantly coloured. Staff members can make house calls with an array of wig options for those who feel more comfortable wig-shopping in the comforts of home or are looking to outfit their garden gargoyle with strawberry-blond ringlets.