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.
Vivianna Sigurdson started in the beauty industry more than 30 years ago, and for the last 13 years she has channelled her burgeoning body of knowledge into building a brand. In the spa, aestheticians and registered massage therapists also draw upon a host of other earthy elixirs. Herbal wraps and brown-sugar scrubs nourish weathered bodies, and minerals and essential oils infuse warm soaks during manicures and pedicures. Cushy seating throughout the spa enables patrons to sip a beverage and catch up with their laps before continuing into a hot-stone massage or one of 11 facial treatments.
Nestled in downtown's historic ByWard Market, the Westin Health and Squash club cultivates an exclusive, intimate atmosphere in its 300-member gym. Stair-stepping and treadmilling toward a healthier lifestyle, patrons take in sweeping views of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill through the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the cardio theatre. Duos scurry around the two professional squash courts, sending the thudding peal of squash balls through the nearby private personal training studio. After working off excess calories, members can take a soak in the hot tub, steal melatonin on the outdoor sundeck, or swim laps in the indoor saltwater pool, ideal for skin that is sensitive to chlorine or freshwater sharks.
Potent fruit acids, firming marine collagen, and other naturally derived components are the active ingredients in SiBelle Salon & Spa's facials. To maximize results, the spa's aestheticians combine those products with advanced skincare techniques such as the CavioVital lift, which stimulates the facial muscles and lymphatic system to tighten skin. The spa's services extend beyond the face, too: laser hair removal, electrolysis, and Lipo.Dermo.Sculpting are a few body-beautifying specialties.
As a doctor of natural medicine, spa-owner Elena blends holistic healing practices with organic, European products. Her spa’s massages and orthotherapy treatments work to relieve pain and tension, and facials rejuvenate complexions with Rosa Graf products. Her holistic centre also offers detoxifying services such as metabolism-boosting body treatments, ion-cleansing footbaths, and infrared-sauna sessions that make clients sweat like a grape on a jam-factory tour.
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.