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.
Flaunting years of experience, Ortensia Nail Salon & Spa's seasoned technicians eradicate enduring bristles with swift and gentle waxing techniques. A Brazilian wax spans approximately 30 minutes and ensures that all hair residing in the bikini area smoothly disappears and leaves skin clean. In supporting the spa's mission for immaculateness, Ortensia's scrupulous staff meticulously scrubs and sanitizes each chair, table, and magic wand for an overall essence of purity. Tranquil marble flooring and countertops wash out urban congestion and splashes of greenery gently climb soft, white walls.
The team at Bayview Village Wellness Centre treats present pain while integrating methods that prevent future discomfort. Dr. Ed Lubberdink and his staff unveil a three-pronged approach to remedying chronic aches, performing spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and massage therapy to strengthen and relax the body and correct its imbalances. Their Swedish massages help circulate blood and promote joint mobility, and they also administer special kneading sessions for pregnant women and infants stressed after making awkward eye contact with another baby’s Teddy Bear. With high-tech computers, the team works out kinks in clients’ stride by designing custom orthotics from Footmaxx.
The aestheticians at Beauty One 1 Spa & Weightloss Centre primp faces and slim bodies using an arsenal of traditional and high-tech techniques. The menu of services, listed in both English and Chinese, includes cleansing facials and Black Doll laser facials, which rely on carbon powder and light energy to improve the complexion. In addition to applying indelible eyebrow and eyeliner with permanent cosmetics, they also remove unwanted tattoos with laser treatments. They also aim their beams to remove patrons' unwanted hair. Herbal and essential oil tonics help clients drop inches before swimsuit season or International Streaking Day.
At the centre of House Of Beauty's services is an emphasis on making hair and skin look its very best. The staff can render multivitamin facials with a microdermabrasion, proteins, and minerals, adding a lympho-energetic face and decolletage massage that eradicates toxins. Alternatively, they can hone in on specific concerns by performing mole removal or anti-aging hand treatments. Hair specialists cut and condition hair and highlight it. Beyond hair- and skincare, House Of Beauty presents a slate of massages, including aromatherapy and hot-stone modalities.
Attentive staff members greet guests as they enter Nefertiti Spa's gallery-style reception area, where the soothing sounds of waterfalls and soft music set the scene for a tranquil escape. The beauty-and-relaxation specialists pamper guests with more than 50 treatments, including hot-stone massages, seaweed facials, and eye-lifts—performed a la carte or as part of spa packages. Overall, 80% of the spa's products are organic. Additionally, Nefertiti Spa offers holistic services such as registered massage therapy, acupuncture, and naturopathic services.