Medical procedures and spa treatments share a home at Allure Skin and Laser Clinic, where medical aestheticians reinvigorate skin with facial peels, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and other treatments that blur the line between the laboratory and the day spa. Though their specialties vary, the staff members share a common philosophy: treat each guest as an individual who deserves to be pampered.
This philosophy pervades every aspect of the spa, from the smile and steamy cup of herbal tea that await guests upon their arrival to the treatments themselves—each of which begins with a personal consultation and a customized skin analysis. The aestheticians often call upon advanced implements such as a special skin scanner to determine which treatments to deploy. Their considerable skills also allow the team to camouflage scars, whiten teeth, and obliterate rebellious planets with their laser devices.
Over the last 10 years, registered massage therapist Jennifer Gould has helped alleviate pain and relax clients with AIDS, multiple sclerosis, autism, and depression. In addition to being certified in deep tissue massages, her specialties range from sports and pre- and postnatal massages to infant massages—a modality held close to her heart after two of her children were born prematurely. Jennifer’s therapeutic massages also help ease the effects of arthritis, migraines, and poor posture.
The professional beautifiers at Bassett Spa blend therapeutic-grade essential oils and plant-based biodegradable ingredients directly on-site to slather on skin during spa services. The organic products, applied during peels and facials, help hydrate skin and gently remove the remnants of failed gum bubbles, and vibrant polish glistens atop fingers and toes as they emerge from mani-pedis. The body artisans can also whisk away unwanted hair or apply permanent makeup.
Nestled within a cozy Victorian abode in downtown Whitby, Image Crafter's team of spa professionals use organic, natural products to give skin and hair a proper pampering. Their spa services specialize in making your body feel like a newly constructed bliss temple, helping skin look its healthiest and bodies feel like bodies of younger humans. With this spa package, clients receive a 60-minute massage ($70), plus their choice of three stress-wilting services. Choose from a 20-minute Reiki treatment ($25)—a Japanese modality that attunes auras with light touch, tapping, and heartfelt renditions of their favourite lullabies—a relaxing 20-minute seaweed foot massage ($30), or a soothing 20-minute aromatherapy scalp massage ($30). Image Crafters employs organic seaweed products from Vancouver's SeaFlora to nourish and soothe either the toes or the scalp.
The stylists at Alleyne's Grooming For Men employ old-fashioned barbering techniques to give clients the aesthetics of a modern gentleman. The vintage interior includes traditional leather and chrome chairs, which cradle visitors during their session (see building tour here). Using massage oils, hot shaving lather and heated-towel compresses, techs polish men's faces and sculpt hairstyles more masculine than Thor’s racecar collection. The staff specializes in helping men appear elegantly at important events, such as weddings and job interviews.
As a child, Lorraine Ferrari’s favorite memories were always linked to basking in the sun. As an adult, Lorraine has taken this love, bottled it, and re-released it inside of Aztec Tanning Studio, a boutique tanning salon that features high-end beds, spray-tanning equipment, and supplemental lotions for year-round sun-seekers. In addition to housing beds of varying intensities, the studio offers H20 massages, which use jets of water to gently sooth muscles, boost circulation, and make non-man-made geysers jealous.