As translucent salt pebbles crunch underfoot, music fills the atmosphere of SaltWonder's dimly lit manmade sanctum and sets the tone for a meditative, healing experience. Guests lie back in grey recliners, do yoga, or hum the Battlestar Galactica theme song while the caves' halogenerators crush salt rocks, ionize the particles, and send them careening into the air, where they find refuge in lungs' deep-seated alveoli. More than 80 minerals present in the briny mist help tone complexions, resolve breathing difficulties, and reduce inflammation, exhibiting the healing properties of halotherapy, which has been practiced for centuries. The fairy-tale-like chambers' massive floor-to-ceiling columns—made up of more than 30,000 pounds of imported Himalayan pink and red salt—emit pink light that matches the glow of the craggy stone walls' inlaid amber panels.
Spa on the Rocks enhances the aesthetic appeal of its clients with treatments that don’t skimp on pampering. Every facial includes a deep cleanse, steam, facial massage, and mask, and every wrinkle-reducing LED-light treatment employs microcurrents and advanced shadow puppetry. Using an aloe-vera-based formula from Europe, St. Tropez spray tans grant skin streak-free glows. The spa tends to faces and bodies using products from [comfort zone], Jan Marini, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and OPI and offers clients complimentary aromatic rainforest steams.
When Lindsay Walker opened Ascent Wellness & Aromatherapy, it was important to her that the spa would use only all-natural and fair-trade products, from brands such as Seaflora. Made locally on Vancouver Island, Seaflora is a blend of seaweed and other organic botanicals that help reverse the signs of aging without using any chemicals. Besides facials, clients may request a waxing session, a manicure with vegan nail polish, or a soothing aromatherapy massage performed in a private treatment room. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages are also available.
Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.
Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.
Within soothing blue walls dappled with vibrant lime-green accents, pHresh Spa + Wellness Club's experienced team rejuvenates and restores radiance to weary bodies with spa services. The balmy wood confines of pHresh's private sauna envelop guests in sweat-inducing infrared waves, which usher toxins from bodies to promote supple, even-toned skin. Physiques sore from boxing confrontational shadows can revel in ache-erasing kneads and soothing oils employed during holistic massage therapy, and loose epidermal exteriors tighten after proper coaxing from radio frequencies used in body-contouring treatments.
Before or after appointments, clients can relax in a lounge distinguished by cushy couches, modern decor, and a crackling fireplace. And all services include access to the spa's eucalpytus steam room, fitness center, and the hotel's rooftop pool.
In the summer of 2003, Nancy Mudford made her dream of owning a small business come true by transforming an old video store into her own full-service spa. Inspired by the sun-soaked hillsides of rural France, she renovated the space with the help of interior designer and a bunch of painstakingly selected Benjamin Moore paints. Now done over in an elegant Old-World colour palette, the beautiful spa houses a team of certified technicians whose specialized skincare talent has helped the spa win numerous awards. The aestheticians’ microdermabrasion treatments, when paired with facial peels, work to thoroughly exfoliate dead skin cells from faces and unearth new, brighter complexions. During spa pedicures, techs beautify clients’ toes and vestigial fins with Footlogix, OPI, and other brand-name products.