When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
Cutting-edge technology and New Age philosophies collide at Canadian MediPain Clinic, where treatments are based on groundbreaking medical research, but remain entirely noninvasive. GaitScan technology puts the focus on the feet, capturing 2-D and 3-D representations of pressure distribution to help identify improper alignments impacting other joints throughout the body. Canadian MediPain Clinic also has a location based in Calgary.
The practitioners at Ojus Healthcare all hail from India, where they each earned bachelors' of ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS) degrees. Ayurveda's holistic therapies date back more than 5,000 years and are drawn from ancient Indian holy texts, or Vedas.
Using diagnostic techniques developed long before blood tests or x-ray glasses, the specialists at Ojus examine their patients' eyes, tongue, skin, and pulse to determine their overall constitution during an initial consultation. If toxins seem to be weighing a person down, a five-part panchakarma detox may be recommended. This regimen includes internal and external cleansing by way of warm oil massaged into the skin, ingested, dripped up the nose, and applied over the eyes. A steam box draws impurities out through the sweat glands and soft dough is used to form oil reservoirs on especially troubled areas.
Opened in December 2009, Xhale Beauty Lounge is an upscale salon presenting patrons with scoopfuls of high-quality services and a commitment to eco-friendly practices. The beauty mani-pedi treatments repair and rejuvenate damaged digits with cuticle corralling, nail shaping, scrubs, massage, colour polish, and a concluding aromatherapy hot-towel treatment. Each service takes 45 minutes and uses colourfully hued polish made by CND and SpaRitual. Though fingers are necessary for tracing turkeys and plugging the unsightly hole in the middles of diamond rings, they are also useful barometers of age and refinement. When prospective employers and old flames gaze at a person’s finger docks and the occasionally bared leg hand, well-kempt nails and cuticles send a message of confidence, sophistication, and youth. After a mani-pedi at Xhale Beauty Lounge, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches.
Zen Wellness Spa?s aestheticians have a repertoire of spa services that range from traditional to advanced. This range of services allows them to offer a wider array of treatments when consulting with their clients on ways to fend off aging, weight gain, and stress. For example, they might recommend gua sha scraping therapy?a skin-tightening combination of friction and detoxification?for patients looking to reverse the tides of time. Otherwise, they might cocoon patients in infrared body wraps and usher them through the door to their infrared sauna. Throughout the week, their treatment rooms also house facials, microdermabrasions, waxing sessions, massages, and laser hair-removal light shows.
Grape extracts and pulp sound like smoothie ingredients, but at Fresh Canvas Spa, they’re elements of a Vitamin P-rich organic facial that improves skin tone and texture. In fact, nearly every service at Fresh Canvas is designed to leave skin so smooth and youthful you get turned away from the big, scary rollercoasters. Using products such as Eminence Organic Skin Care, the spa’s aestheticians exfoliate skin with organic sugar scrubs and hydradermabrasion. Fresh Canvas’s other treatments range from laser hair-removal to circulation-improving Thai herbal hot compress massages.