Heaven Scent is a blend of an alternative-medicine clinic, the Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine, a full-service spa, and a new-age store providing supplies to both licensed holistic-health professionals and health-conscious customers. Its founder, Christine Richards, established Heaven Scent because she wanted to open a place where the local community could go for all its alternative-medicine needs, eliminating the need for people to fly to China every time they sneezed.
With the belief that pharmaceutical medicine isn’t the only path to vitality and fitness, Heaven Scent’s holistic health experts practice more than 50 alternative-medicine treatments that bolster the body without invasive procedures. Chinese acupuncture and zen stone massages facilitate the body’s natural healing processes, and nutritional counselling equips clients with the know-how to fuel their bio-motors with healthy foods instead of deep-fried candy canes. Powerful magnets, aromatics, detoxes, and reiki massages aid staff members in levelling out their clients’ internal systems.
Create Balance Pilates owners Collette Brown and Renée D’Orsay believe a balanced body is the path to a balanced life that is both healthy and fulfilling. As Stott Pilates instructors, they foster this equilibrium by teaching core-strengthening exercises developed with the input of physical therapists, sports-medicine experts, and exercise-science researchers that stress alignment and form to help students sculpt their bodies safely. Clear, concise cues guide students through isometric exercises atop exercise mats as well as fluid movements performed on spring-based resistance equipment such as Reformers, jumpboards, and reflex-testing jack-in-the-boxes.
In addition to offering small-group classes for many different skill levels, the studio caters to students’ goals during private training sessions in its cozy, sunlit space. No matter which type of instruction students receive, they typically experience a measurable increase in strength and coordination, and find themselves building the type of endurance and flexibility required to run a marathon en pointe.
For more than 25 years, Fitness Forum owners Alec and Lynne Pinchin have kept their 39,000-square-foot gym in fine fettle through constant renovations and an influx of up-to-date equipment and fitness programs. The facility's high-soaring ceilings and walls shield exercisers from the harsh heat and bitter cold of the outdoors, and expansive skylights let in natural light and views of emus soaring among the clouds. In two cardio centres, heart rates skyrocket as guests tackle treadmills and stairmasters and fix their eyes on HDTVs. The gym also houses an indoor pool area and a rubberized running track.
More than 75 fitness classes energize and motivate visitors in a fun group setting, and squash courts host sweat-inducing bouts between racquet-wielding foes. While parents torch calories rep by rep, kids can while away the time at the gym's daycare centre, where tykes watch movies and fill out tax papers in pudding.
Amid the pristine confines at The Athletic Club London, clients pave their path to health with cardio and resistance machinery, pools, group exercise classes, and a staff of experienced trainers. Membership unlocks 24-hour access to the fitness havens, giving patrons unfettered use of cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, or the heated pools where instructors lead aquatic yoga and families play marco polo, the game where people try to echolocate the famous explorer's ghost, during open swim.
Co-ed and women-only group fitness classes practice such traditional exercise styles as cycling, yoga, and Pilates. Instructors also specialize in newer techniques, including TAC physique, a ballet-inspired workout session taught by former-dancers-turned-robots, and TRX classes, with suspension straps that wield the body?s weight to create a full-body resistance-training workout.
The second word in Essence Naturopathic Organic Medical Spa refers to the naturopathic doctor who helms the spa’s licensed staff. A holistic practice that informs many of the spa’s treatments, naturopathy is based on the idea that the body can best heal itself with proper food and exercise, rather than with medicines that merely treat each ailment’s symptoms. This is not to say that the spa’s services are not medically informed; the doctor oversees a wide range of herbal-medicine, weight-loss, nutrition, and infertility treatments designed to aid and stimulate the body’s own healing powers. The rest of the staff—comprised of a spa therapist, a laser technician, a makeup artist, and an anthropomorphic terrycloth robe with a penchant for bear hugs—supplements the doctor’s treatments with more traditional spa services, such as organic peels, hot-stone massages, facials, and body wraps.
The certified trainers of BodyWorx turn bellies into abs of concrete, and replace wheezing, winded bodies with endurance machines. Each of their functional training workouts helps strengthen the musculature that runs the length of the torso, turning cores into fat-burning powerhouses. For personal attention, personal trainers jump into the fitness weeds with clients, focusing their combined 20 years of experience on the trainees' target areas and goals. Guests can also sign up for boot camps for full-body fitscapades that combine cardio, strength training, and the motivation that comes from working out with peers. The studio also hosts a variety of drop-in fitness classes such as Ab attack, kick-boxing, or Body Sculpt, which teaches guests how to animate chiselled marble likenesses of themselves using dark magic.