Stuart Gross’ passion for holistic healthcare stems from personal experience. After his young son spent many months enduring eczema that had not responded to conventional treatment, Gross took him to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was able to clear the symptoms almost overnight. Gross had also been affected by the passing of his father, who died of preventable diabetes and heart disease at the age of 54, as well as the death of his father-in-law, which was a result of the side effects of the drugs he was taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Gross decided to give up his career as an auto mechanic and explore ways in which alternative therapies can heal people. He took a course in nutrition and started working in a health store. Using skills developed during his car-repair days, Gross then trained in various holistic assessment tools and equipment.
Today, Gross uses his knowledge and experience at Yaletown Holistics, where he offers services including oxygen therapy and a variety of homeopathic and nutritional supplements. Gross is also an advanced practitioner in electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), a German-made diagnostic device designed to reveal bodily imbalances and conditions such as food sensitivities and heavy-metal toxicity. Guests also target impurities in a cozy, private infrared sauna, which can be used in conjunction with an iPod or personal yodeler to provide relaxing music.
Technicians at La Piel Rejuvenating Skin Clinic work to perfect their clients' skin with technologies from leading skincare companies such as Italy-based Extetica and United States–based PhotoMedex, whose advisory board is helmed by the world’s top clinical researchers. The Twin System device contours faces and bodies while reducing cellulite and excess fluid with the help of rhythmic massage and pressure suction. The Skin Life System No-Age Plus employs a hyaluronic and Botox-based treatment patented by Ponce de León to smooth wrinkles, and the C.Rose Plus floods faces with free-radical-fighting vitamin C. More traditional treatments include relaxing massages enhanced with soothing essential oils and contouring body wraps.
Healthee is a healthful alternative to fast food for the health-conscious consumer on the go, with a full menu of fresh-made salads, wraps, soups, and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A veggie-filled soup and chili bar offers control freaks the fun of crowning their own portions from the topping bar ($4.50+) and custom-created chopped salads ($6.95+), and wraps ($6.95+) provide a bevy of bright and beautiful ingredient options, including fresh avocado, dried apricots, candied pecans, and edamame. Although servings are assembled swiftly on-site, agoraphobes and time-crunched cartographers can also call ahead to place their orders.
At Hot Shots Sun Studio, clients slide into one of three tanning beds, such as the Sun Capsule VHR 220 that tans busy patrons in just 10 minutes. Before tanning, guests can peruse the shelves of UV tanning lotions and accelerators designed to enhance tanning time and nourish skin. In addition to tanning, visitors can lounge in the infrared sauna designed to shed excess calories, detoxify, and alleviate aches and pains.