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.
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.
The team at M&D Health Care incorporates techniques from massage therapy, herbal medicine, and chiropractic adjustment into treatments. Treatment plans rooted in traditional Chinese medicine select the modalities best suited for each individual's problems. The clinic also performs acupuncture treatments, aiming to rebalance the body's energy flow by targeting specific acupressure points. M&D's treatments can also be effective in concert with traditional medicine, such as regular physical exams or eating an entire apple tree to keep doctors away forever.
Even though The Village Spa has been a staple of the community for more than three decades, it has always seemed to exist a little apart from it. Awash in white, the spa's multi-level 9,000 sq. ft. location feels starkly different from the colorful surroundings of the Bayview Village Mall, making it all the easier for shoppers to check out of the outside world and indulge in some deeply relaxing me-time.
The Village's residents define the essentials of life a little differently?steam treatments, massages, facials, mani-pedis, and other salon and spa services that could win over even the most critical magic mirrors. Yet those treatments?which make up "The Essentials" spa package?represent just a small segment of what's in store. The spa's 25 treatment rooms allow for everything from laser hair removal to mani-pedis and massages to med spa treatments such as Botox injections. To bring the world (or at least the Toronto part of it) even more beauty and relaxation, The Village Spa opened a second location on Yorkville Ave.
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Staff Size: 2?10 people
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Matt Sanchez, one of two clinic directors at Aim2walk, brings a degree in physiotherapy and years of experience to his patients. His partner, Jesse Lown, on the other hand, specializes in alternative medicines such as acupuncture and tui na massage, both of which he studied and practiced in China. They decided to combine their skills to help patients manage pain and overcome neurological issues with a blend of Eastern and Western medical know-how. Patients come to them with all sorts of issues, from brain and spinal cord injuries to cerebral palsy and Parkinson's; the staff approach all conditions with the simple mantra that progress is always possible. In fact, Matt says that his favourite type of patient to treat is "any client that came to us in pain and leaves without pain and with a huge smile ? This happens a lot."