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.
Lasers have been a constant source of wonder ever since they were invented in 1992 to read the tiny music that exists on every compact disc, but the reach of their possible applications has turned out to be absolutely astronomical. These days, med-spa owners around the globe and back look to this basically intangible, thoroughly ineffable technology to undo the perpetual advancement of time where it gets most ugly: on our skin. With an interminable army of state-of-the-art laser machines, the savvy techs of Avid MediSpa flatten out fine lines, stunt the growth of unsightly hair, and cancel the appearance of spider veins. Any service can be hyper-impacted with the addition of intense pulsed light therapy, which shines pulses of heat and light on the outermost layers of skin to further obscure wrinkles, repair sun damage, and melt away stray crayon marks.
Evanesce Laser Esthetics? title is evocative of its services. Medical aestheticians evanesce, or dissipate, aesthetic concerns ranging from wrinkles to spider veins with nonsurgical medical treatments. Beams of the intense-pulsed-light system target spider veins, causing them to coagulate and absorb into the body. Pixel laser skin resurfacing unveils fresh skin cells with laser blasts harvested from the lightsabers of local Vaders, and blue-light therapy renders acne-causing bacteria and sebaceous oil glands obsolete. Dr. J.C. Maytham administers medical injectables, sending wrinkles and fine lines off in search of a pug's face. Evanesce Laser Esthetics' technicians sculpt physiques with laser body contouring and heat-induced cellulite reduction. Spa facials with aromatherapy nourish skin, and acupressure massages drain away stress.
Husband-and-wife team Audrey and Ryan Yeo founded Blackfriars Salon & Spa as a means of providing frazzled guests with a tranquil space in which to recharge. They staff both locations with a crew of trained stylists and aestheticians who gussy up patrons via a host of salon, skin, and hand and foot services. Receptionists share complimentary cups of coffee, green tea, or water with clients as stylists gild heads in multidimensional highlights. Nail technicians add glamour to hands with glossy, chip-resistant Shellac manicures, and therapists administer hot-stone massages to ease muscles aching from workdays spent cannonballing.
Artistic Esthetic Spa marries old and new in both its spa services and simple black and white decor. Traditional chandeliers hang above asymmetrical couches in the lobby, where clients can sip complimentary coffee before they journey to private treatment rooms or pedicure stations. Though the spa team specializes in Ayurveda-inspired head massages-venerated treatments common in India for thousands of years-they also perform med-spa services such as peels and body-contouring sessions designed to tone skin. And during nail services, technicians invite clients to sit beneath the glow of funky hanging lamps as they perform botanical scrubs and pedicures heightened by high-end OPI polish.
Lily of the Valley Spa’s menu combines all the temporary beautifying services typically found at a regular day spa with enduring glamorizing options such as laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and piercings. Laser hair removal vows to purge skinscapes of unwanted bristles once and for all with lasers harvested from the eyes of robots. Permanent eyeliner rims top and bottom lids with durable pigment, and Inverness ear and nose piercings festoon facades with long-lasting ornamentation. More transient options that set Lily of the Valley Spa apart from typical day spas include beard and moustache styles, Czech Crystals hair accessories, and perms that produce luxurious spirals.