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.
As the name suggests, needling sessions at London Community Acupuncture commence in a calming community environment. Guests relax in their own seats while a registered acupuncturist weaves among them, inserting sterile, hair-thin needles one by one into their exposed hands, arms, feet, and legs. The collective stillness inside the treatment room instills a deep sense of serenity, even as the strategically placed needles work to relieve allergies, pain, and other ailments.
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 team at MVA Pain Clinic includes chiropractors, registered massage therapists, and a medical consultant who assists with especially tricky cases. These practitioners come from diverse backgrounds, including schools in California, Illinois, and China, and have treated patients ranging from athletes to injured workers to arthritic koalas. Together, they work to conquer aches with a varied arsenal of techniques, such as traditional Chinese acupuncture, massage, and high-tech decompression and laser therapies.
The staff at London Laser Health Care Centre, alleviates pain for patients while administering assistance with smoking cessation, weight loss, and nutritional counseling. Its low-level laser therapies treat a number of topical conditions, including toenail fungus. The centre's workshops and informative programs also draw upon methods such as meditation and hypnotherapy to treat addictions and reach health goals, whether they involve quitting smoking or becoming Voltron's left shin. The staff's holistic approach to patient care extends to technologically driven treatments such as its touted low-level laser treatments. Ionic footbaths and far-infrared saunas are also designed to detoxify bodies, purifying them enough to make real lifestyle changes.
Owner and therapist Cindy Palajac helms Healing Connections with an understanding of holistic and natural healing honed by more than two decades of practice. After grappling with a personal loss and persistent digestive problems, Cindy found relief in Healing Touch, which is designed to improve physical, mental, and spiritual health by streamlining the body's energy with meditation and focused contact. Healing Connections' alleviating hands also help to calm the mind, energize the body, and coordinate aura colours with evening outfits using reflexology massage, ionic foot spas, ear candling, and shamanic journeying.