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.
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.
Helmed by new owners, Synchronicity Wellness delves into alternative forms of healing to revitalize stress-laden physiques. To sooth sore muscles, a massage therapist stretches out stiff joints and improves the function of systems throughout the body with mobilization techniques. The therapists administer ionic footbaths that pass alternately charged particles through the soles of the feet, drawing out toxic deposits. The infrared sauna comfortably flushes away leftover rubbish hiding out in the fascia by warming the air around the body instead of the skin directly.
Etherion Advanced Skincare and Body Centre's aestheticians improve skin three ways: through high-tech treatments, holistic skincare, and education. They wield a variety of lasers that do everything from fight acne and wrinkles to remove unwanted body hair and spider veins. They also combine technology such as microcurrent devices with high-quality skincare products during facials, and they use organic body polishes formulated with plant and sea extracts and aromatic oils to slough off dead skin cells.
But they don't want to merely treat clients?they also strive to educate them about great skincare. They do this by first analyzing the client's skin and then determining what steps the client should take in the spa and at home to achieve their skincare goals.
Masquerade Salon is a full-service salon that offers everything from hair design to tanning. Stylists complete haircuts and colour treatments, nail technicians tend to fingers and toes with acrylics and LCN gel polish, and beauticians apply Misencil lash extensions to pump up lash-line volume. In addition, the Smart Tan?certified tanning technicians help guests attain natural and even tans with lie-down and standup tanning beds.
While Lynze remodels her clients' looks, or simply trims off an inch or two, Spada's Village Salon & Spa
owners Shari and Marcia work at her side. Both Shari and Lynze focus on making heads as eye-catching as possible, whereas Marcia, an aesthetician, lingers right below the bangs, cleansing pores with facials capable of hydrating complexions or fighting acne.