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 establish the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, followed by 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, where Daniel explain why male-centric services are necessary. "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 said. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
The only thing gritty and rough at Bodé's Ottawa location are the unfinished concrete walls that wrap around the spacious spa. This coarse, earthy element, complemented by a robust fireplace and metal accents, gives the space a refined yet manly feel as highly trained technicians pamper gentlemen inside private treatment rooms. The hydro room—described by clients as a "rainforest grotto"—fosters relaxation as a registered massage therapist or massage practitioner eases tension and knots from bodies with a custom massage. Masculine tranquility is also found in a tailored foot and hand fixes, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and specialized skincare treatments, which offer exfoliation via chemical peels.
At daya organic spa, even the receptionist's desk is carved from recycled wood. Its knots and grains mirror those of the shelves, chairs, and pedicure bench, radiating a rustic vibe that jibes with an eco-friendly philosophy. The spa's furniture may be the most visible sign of its commitment to the earth. Others—its eco-friendly light bulbs, live plants, and exclusively organic products—aren't as immediately apparent, though they all serve to immerse guests in a serene, green environment.
The highly trained staffers use organic Éminence products for their skincare services, nourishing pores with extracts of Hungarian fruits and herbs. Clients get particularly close to the land during a Hungarian herbal detox, which cocoons them in a body wrap of herbal mud before a hydrating shower and application of body lotion. Mani-pedis, meanwhile, include the exfoliating effects of one of four sugar scrubs: geranium, frankincense, Chinese jasmine, or ginger. Customized facials treat skin concerns from aging to sun damage, and Daniel Thompson mineral makeup accentuates features without irritants such as talc, oils, and the artificial fragrances that can get your compact pollinated by confused bees.
Metta Massage & Yoga Clinic's team of massage therapists, holistic practitioners, and yoga instructors strives to improve clients’ overall wellness through a combination of engaging classes and therapeutic massage. The expert yogis help students of all levels stretch out points of tension while increasing strength and flexibility within the sunny clinic's vibrant red walls accented by billowy curtains. Each instructor works with clients, customizing therapy sessions to best improve their range of movement, strength, and ability to imitate the shape of various balloon animals. To relieve sore muscles and chronic pain, the massage therapists dissolve aches with multiple modalities of massage such as the expertly placed pressure of deep-tissue massage and Thai Massage Practitioners perform the body-and-mind-soothing strokes of Thai massage.
Styling stations, pedicure chairs, and lounge areas pop up throughout Noir Salon & Spa's large studio amid sandstone accents and wall tones plucked from a pale dawn. The wall colors, like the products used during hair, skin, and body treatments, were chosen for their eco-friendly components as part of the salon's dedication to environmental responsibility. It is also a member of the Green Circle Salon Group, which promotes green salons and recycling. During each haircut, manicure, and foot massage, Noir specialists employ products free of toxic fillers that have never been tested on animals. As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the salon also conserves energy with low-energy lighting, automatic shutoff sensors, and hair clippers powered by their own appetite for stubble.
Staff members at the newly renovated Euro Spa rejuvenate physiques with medical aesthetics, hairstyling, and nailcare. Armed with the latest technology, they target unwanted hair and uneven skin tone with the elōs laser and take aim at fat cells with noninvasive VelaSmooth treatments. Stylists and nail technicians pull from Catwalk, I.C.O.N., and Zoya products to design new hairstyles and meticulously groom hands and feet.
Warm basalt stones, aromatic oils, and paraffin treatments add a touch of luxury to manicures and pedicures at Venice Nail & Spa. Technicians also prettify fingers and toes with artificial nails and nail art that ranges from polka dots to your phone number written in Braille. Other pampering services include facials and waxing.