Most Popular Service: Hot stone [and] deep-tissue massage, reflexology
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Rapha Rehab's therapists combine the disciplines of physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage into cohesive treatments for clients. After providing clients with a cup of hot coffee or tea, the staff leads them to private treatments rooms. Here, therapists work to relieve tension and pain through massages, which may use natural and ayurvedic oils to reduce friction between the therapists gliding fingers and the client's skin. The wellness experts also help rehab injuries and treat conditions such as chronic bronchitis, IBS, and multiple sclerosis.
The staffers may have clients take advantage of Rapha Rehab's air-therapy rooms and its recreation area, which boasts a variety of weights and cardiovascular equipment. Plus, they can outfit clients with orthotic shoes, inserts, and even prosthetics.
Kate Unger, You Potentiality's owner and registered Shiatsu therapist, believes that the body must be treated as whole to become healthy, happy, and pain-free. With that philosophy guiding her work, Kate focuses first on emotional and inner health and beauty before working to improve the health of the outer body. She offers acupressure facials, health and lifestyle coaching, hot stone shiatsu and relaxation massages, along with alternative therapies such as ear candling and ionic detox foot baths. At her soothing wellness center, Kate also hews to the dictates of pleasant hue-human interaction by professionally applying makeup.
Dr. Justin Guy believes in his own rehabilitative power for one simple reason: he's gone through the same treatments himself. After a gruesome injury on the soccer pitch and subsequent failed surgery left him with severe knee damage, Dr. Guy turned to treatments within his own field of study to reduce his pain and reorder his joint. Through this blend of chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and custom orthotic care, Dr. Guy made a full recovery. Now, from the comfort of his Oakville office, he provides patients with the same care and kindness that helped him recapture his own mobility.
Thai massage?Urban Nirvana's marquee treatment?helps clients restore balance through a blend of techniques, including stretching muscles, triggering pressure points, and administering reflexology. At the start of each appointment, guests enter a private massage area and unwind before a skilled practitioner grapples overhead poles that allow him or her to walk across legs and back, while engaging hands, elbows, knees, and feet to relax tense muscles. In addition to offering unique Eastern-style massage techniques, Urban Nirvana houses a light-filled studio on the third floor, where clients empower themselves through yoga, meditation, and a variety of workshops. Couples and groups of up to four people at a time can be accommodated in the authentic Thai-inspired setting.
Sunlight spills across rows of crisp white curtains, each knotted halfway up the fabric. These partial dividers fill Tuina’s studio, which skips the private rooms in favor of an open floor plan lined with massage beds and cushioned mats. It is on these surfaces that trained therapists use the techniques of tuina, the ancient form of manual manipulation, to release stress, soothe aches, and improve circulation. Aside from designing custom massages and singing an alternate version of the Gilligan's Island theme song with the client's name in there somewhere, Tuina’s staff personalizes each treatment regimen by mixing in acupuncture sessions, cupping, gua sha, and moxa.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Ayurvedic Reflexology
Brands Used: Banyan Botanicals and New Direction organic essential oils
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably, as things can get very oily.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
Complimentary fresh reverse-osmosis water with lemon, tea, and treats afterward. After hair treatments, [we give you] your customized hair oil for at-home treatments in between spa treatments.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
It's very meditative, as we use music and silence to put the client totally at ease. We move to the rhythm of the music, moving the blocked energy out of the bodies of our clients.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
The rooms are listed on the website, but we offer comfortable couches in our waiting room, candles, a fireplace, heated towels to warm cold feet, and cold towels to cool hot heads.