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.
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.
Cheryl, Evolution Fitness and Wellness Solutions’ seasoned personal trainer, totes her 17 years of experience into the gym to tone bodies and inspire healthy lifestyles in students of all fitness levels. Her 60- to 75-minute boot camps play to coed groups but include a variety of ladies-only classes, such as kickboxing and mom-and-baby sessions. Through use of weights, structures, and gravity in both outdoor and indoor sessions, participants rev up endurance and energy, gain coordination and strength, and work toward positive attitudes and a slimmer self. The motivational instructors at BBB-accredited Evolution Fitness also keep students' muscles guessing with urban pole walking, sports conditioning, and bridal fitness programs to assure no one ever falls into a boring, ineffective routine, like regular teeth brushing.
At Tru Fitness and Health, the fitness-savvy staff’s commitment to fitness extends beyond group classes, semi-private training, and one-on-one sessions; trainers reach out to absent members with friendly calls or singing telegrams to encouraging them to return to the studio. Personal-training sessions and two to three-person semi-private sessions craft custom approaches to fitness regimens, and group sessions average a class size of 10–12 members, so coaches can lavish personal attention on each student, ensuring they perform each exercise safely, correctly, and without bribing their neighbour to hold their dumbbells. Tru Fitness’s full-body regimen also unites eating right and exercise with screenings for muscular imbalances and 21-day nutrition plans designed by a registered dietitian.
Inspired by the belief that one's physical and mental well-being is the most important priority in life, the instructors at KarmaYoga Studio gently motivate their patrons to achieve this harmony within themselves. Exposed stone creates an earthy backdrop as the instructors lead students in group classes that cater to a range of skill levels and yoga modalities. Within the neutral-toned studio, the wall-length floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect concentrating yogis as they bend and stretch across the plum-colored antibacterial floors. Body benders battle stress atop personal or rented mats for 60–90 minutes in group classes such as Hatha yoga, which teaches 30 postures in a heated room to help soften muscles, ease breath, and reveal which students are actually snowmen wearing yoga pants.