Before there was even an address, there was a mission. Founded in 2004 and opened in 2005, Inspired Life Health Centre seeks to “bring clients to greater levels of health by providing quality health care and education,” according to its website. Inside an “un-clinic” atmosphere, a team of registered massage therapists, a naturopathic doctor, a holistic nutritionist, and an acupuncturist help patients achieve wellness with holistic services. Unlike traditional medicine, the centre’s homeopathic treatments work to boost the body’s innate ability to heal itself without a stethoscope.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to take over the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, before joining forces with a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he says. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
Bright sunlight pours into the front lounge of Bodé's Toronto location, which features earthy yet ultramodern décor. Technicians lead patrons to private treatment rooms where facials are customized to each man's skin type and issues, such as beard burn or permanent lipstick marks. Masculine tranquility can also be found in a tailored mani-pedi, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and soon-to-be-offered laser hair removal treatments.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but the health professionals at Life Health Massage Therapeutic Clinic would vouch for a massage a month instead. These registered massage therapists view their work as a preventative measure against health issues and administer massages to clients of all ages to help keep them well. Their techniques fall into several modalities?Swedish, myofascial release, and reflexology among them?that stave off both physical and mental strain. For example, acupressure massage manipulates the tissue along the body's energy meridians, much like traditional acupuncture treatments. Other massages try to be remedial rather than preventative. They address muscle injuries from sports or overuse, alleviating soreness while helping people regain mobility.
Regardless of the treatment, each therapist prioritizes communication with their client, working toward specific goals such as walking without lower-back pain or getting your joints to creak with perfect pitch. The clinic also specializes in other holistic health services, from Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion to chiropractic care. They even design custom orthotics for those with podiatric problems.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Enter our parking lot directly from Belfield Road and enter Unit 102.
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."
Formerly a professional in the hospitality industry, Tricia Batliwalla founded Light Side Up as a way to guide others toward self-awareness and a better life outlook through hypnosis. Her journey has led her to seven countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and toward an accreditation from the National Guild of Hypnotists Canada. She draws from all this experience each day in her office, where she eases clients into her process with a private consultation and, if needed, games of telepathic patty-cake. As she works with clients to reveal their needs, she may complement hypnosis with other therapies. In each session, she lulls clients into a deep state of relaxation and plants suggestions aimed at helping them overcome the root of issues such as addictions, hidden phobias, and damaged relationships.
Led by licensed massage therapists and a registered acupuncturist, Flow Shiatsu & RMT Clinic specializes in using shiatsu massage to help restore balance to the body. Often called “acupuncture without needles”, shiatsu puts pressure on specific points along the body to unblock qi, or energy, that can negatively affect health. While shiatsu is the house specialty, Flow Shiatsu & RMT Clinic also offers other modalities of massage, such as deep tissue, relaxation, and myofascial release, as well as traditional acupuncture to help relieve tension and chronic pain. The health specialists treat every client as an individual, spending time diagnosing and discussing problem areas, in order to treat the whole body and find the root of the problem.