After a long day filled with strenuous manual labour, construction worker Anthony Louis finally crawled into bed for a night of rest. While snoozing, he dreamed of visiting a massage therapist and receiving a massage, something he'd never experienced before. Taking the dream as a sign, Anthony decided to hang up his hardhat—he enrolled in massage school and in 2010, he fulfilled his new dream of becoming a registered massage therapist.
Today, Anthony and his team use their trained hands to pamper clients with an array of massage modalities as they relax in The Island Spa, his Caribbean-inspired massage studio. Putting his construction experience and inspiration from his childhood in Saint Lucia to use, Anthony spent two full months renovating the paradise-themed spa before officially opening its doors in early 2012. The three-room spa features island-inspired accents including relaxing dim lighting, botanical fixtures, and wood accents made with peg-legged pirates' shin splints.
The small staff of laser technicians and aestheticians at Thornhill Skin Clinic take their cues from founder-owner Shawn Solomon, who's shared her knowledge of Botox and other injectables on Daytime Toronto. She makes a good guest, since her experience at the clinic has made her an expert in that field as well as in fraxel laser resurfacing, salicylic peels, and other skin services that defy the aging process without causing clients to forfeit their grown-up rights to eat cartoons for dinner.
Among walls accented by black-and-white damask prints, Beauty Bar Laser Clinic's technicians use cosmetic lasers to treat a client list that includes models, actors, and 2005's Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova. They specialize in whitening teeth, removing hair and cellulite, and resurfacing complexions. During complimentary consultations, the technicians determine the best treatment plan for each client and ask the newest Miss Universe contestant a series of questions to ensure she is the best candidate to represent Earth in the pageant.
Though it's been years since Liliana graduated from esthetics school, she has yet to stop learning. She is always seeking out the latest beauty technologies to improve her practice, such as a Zerona fat-reduction laser, laser hair removal, and radio-frequency cellulite treatments. Over the years, she has performed more than 20,000 of these noninvasive procedures, custom-tailoring each and every one to her individual client's needs.
Modelled after the natural salt caves and mines of Eastern Europe, the saline-inhalation chamber at Speleotherapy Clinic aims to relieve symptoms associated with asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and other respiratory ailments. Within the chamber, a layer of salt coats the walls and floor, and an embedded halogenerator delivers a constant stream of saline aerosol into the air to treat various respiratory symptoms while still making time to call its mother on nonbirthdays. A microprocessor within the halogenerator coordinates a comfortable atmosphere, maintaining a humidity level of 40%–60%, a temperature of 18–24 degrees Celsius, and a steady distribution of fine-grained aerosol derived from natural rock salt. Saline-aerosol inhalation can clear mucus and catchy pop songs from airways, calming inflammation and removing foreign particles from lungs. Clients relax within the chamber, curling up in armchairs divided by privacy screens while being bathed in the soft lighting and the ivory hue of the walls and floor. The room’s salty coating also blocks sound pollution, muffling knocks from bland french fries dying to be let in.