Earth, Wind & Spa harnesses the power of natural elements to pamper its clients. Aestheticians, armed with Clayton Shagal, Remy Laure, and OLos skincare products, breath life back into dull complexions during 10 botanically-enhanced facials, which soothe the skin with sunflower seed extract and promote hydration with bamboo. Technicians also enhance their clients’ natural beauty with advanced facials that utilize collagen and plant stem cell ingredients, as opposed to the regenerative brainwaves of a 3,000-year-old alien.
Earth, Wind & Spa’s spa treatments also utilize high quality products. Fingernails and toes sparkle with colourful OPI, Zoya, and Shellac polishes, hairs are removed with a low heat, tea tree and lavender-infused wax, and brides and their stunt doubles are dolled up with Jane Iredale cosmetics during makeup applications.
Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.
Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.
Scalpels and sutures have no place at Celebrity Laser Care. Instead, the clinic's skilled technicians use high-tech treatments to help tighten skin, contour curves, and eliminate unsightly marks. The facility offers a host of nonsurgical methods to combat signs of aging; for instance, the skin-tightening treatment heats the skin beneath the surface to help tighten almost any bodily area, such as the face, neck, abdomen, or arms. The Limelight IPL targets brown spots and sun damage, and works even better when matched with the exfoliating, diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatment. Beyond treating signs of aging, the technicians can blast body hair and swat away spider-vein webs and their confused arachnid inhabitants, all with their powerful, but safe, laser systems. Upon entering the crisp-white facility, patrons will notice a gallery of pharmaceutical-grade skincare products, such as Obagi, DCL, and Jane Iredale cosmetics, which may be used during facials or other services.
Within soothing blue walls dappled with vibrant lime-green accents, pHresh Spa and Wellness Club's experienced team rejuvenates and restores radiance to weary bodies with spa services. The balmy wood confines of pHresh's private sauna envelop guests in sweat-inducing infrared waves, which usher toxins from bodies to promote supple, even-toned skin. Physiques sore from boxing confrontational shadows can revel in ache-erasing kneads and soothing oils employed during holistic massage therapy, and loose epidermal exteriors tighten after proper coaxing from radio frequencies used in body-contouring treatments.
Before or after appointments, clients can relax in a lounge distinguished by cushy couches, modern decor, and a crackling fireplace.
Technicians at La Piel Rejuvenating Skin Clinic work to perfect their clients' skin with technologies from leading skincare companies such as Italy-based Extetica and United States–based PhotoMedex, whose advisory board is helmed by the world’s top clinical researchers. The Twin System device contours faces and bodies while reducing cellulite and excess fluid with the help of rhythmic massage and pressure suction. The Skin Life System No-Age Plus employs a hyaluronic and Botox-based treatment patented by Ponce de León to smooth wrinkles, and the C.Rose Plus floods faces with free-radical-fighting vitamin C. More traditional treatments include relaxing massages enhanced with soothing essential oils and contouring body wraps.
Healthee is a healthful alternative to fast food for the health-conscious consumer on the go, with a full menu of fresh-made salads, wraps, soups, and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A veggie-filled soup and chili bar offers control freaks the fun of crowning their own portions from the topping bar ($4.50+) and custom-created chopped salads ($6.95+), and wraps ($6.95+) provide a bevy of bright and beautiful ingredient options, including fresh avocado, dried apricots, candied pecans, and edamame. Although servings are assembled swiftly on-site, agoraphobes and time-crunched cartographers can also call ahead to place their orders.