Rooted in the belief that beauty starts inside, the aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs at Centre de Santé et Beauté d'Aylmer customize holistic treatments to support overall wellness. Body and beauty services also enhance human exteriors with cellulite treatments, skincare, infratherapy, and laser hair removal. The spa's boutique environs ensure total relaxation with ample amber-coloured walls and plenty of natural light.
Founder Kam Thye Chow uses a lifetime of healing and spiritual experience to teach ligament-soothing lullabies to students during a 12-hour online tutorial. Equipped with emailed video lessons, virtual pupils engage in sophisticated finger choreography to learn the basics of a one-hour Thai massage, including proper transition techniques and the ability to identify the Sen Kalathari lines on the body. Like climbing a mountain with an escalator, the soothing Eastern practice combines the best of both worlds by blending the muscle-relaxing pressure of traditional massage with a guided series of yoga postures. In addition to inspiring kneaders with enthusiastic instructions and demonstrations, the Lotus Palm course also endows students with supplementary literature, such as practice guidelines and training objectives. At-home video access allows viewers to integrate the teachings into their schedules, allowing for sunrise practice sessions on unsuspecting roosters.
It’s no mistake that the word “care” is repeated twice in the name Top Care Body Care Center. The center’s therapists emphasize compassion for their clients above all else, devising custom massages that combine Swedish, Chinese, and deep-tissue strokes to achieve a single end result: total relaxation. Their menu of services doesn’t stop at massages; other rejuvenating or beautifying treatments include acupuncture, facials, waxing, and changing of the 9-volt batteries that power involuntary muscle movements.
Aqua Spa’s team of multitalented staff—whose aesthetic, massage, and hairstyling prowess is evident in the varied menu of salon and spa services they perform—toil ceaselessly in their quest to beautify bodies from top to tiptoe. Amid the salon’s shining wooden floors and plush black chairs, stylists sidle up to their sleek asymmetrical styling stations and snip away unruly split ends. Aqua Spa also provides facials, mani-pedis, and microdermabrasion services. Away from the hustle and bustle of the salon floor, two private rooms enable technicians to perform advanced electrolysis treatments and therapists to ease tension with massage treatments. The interiors of Aqua Spa’s 6,000-square-foot space brim with swaying greenery and decor culled from India, Greece, and Spain. The bubbling waters of the spa’s hot tub chortle warmly and give guests a calming space in which to practice synchronized-swimming routines.
After years of working together in the salons of others, longtime friends and coworkers Sonia Lefebvre and Eve Parr joined forces to realize their dreams of opening their own business, working tirelessly to build 53 Karat from the ground up. Since opening 53 Karat in January of 2009, Sonia and Eve—backed by the talents and passion of their close-knit team of massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians—have steadfastly tackled the challenges and revelled in the joys of their work, their infectious excitement evident to all those who step through their doors. Bustling about their elegant styling stations forged from unfinished wood, coiffeurs bedizen hair with flattering highlights, and muscle manipulators in wood-floored private treatment rooms revive bodies weary from catapulting to work with tension-erasing massages. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious salon and spa with natural light, and the chic warehouse-like space retains a welcoming warmth thanks to rich red walls and cheery plants.