At Spa Namaste at Richmond Hill Natural Therapies, the scent of aromatherapy oils wafts through the air in and around tropical plants and fireplaces, all arranged according to the principles of feng shui. This design is intended to create a relaxing and positive environment for clients. As music plays, the team of massage therapists, chiropractors, and naturopathic doctors steps in to help clients feel at ease during services that range from organic facials to acupuncture and nutritional counseling. Massage therapies include lomi hawaiian-temple bodywork, which utilizes long, flowing strokes, and Thai massage, a therapy that combines yoga and Ayurveda. Other treatments include craniosacral therapy, which aims to improve how the central nervous system functions, ensuring that humans don’t try to eat with their ears or hear with their mouths.
Beauty therapist Julie Macchiusi has focused her entire professional career on keeping skin healthy and complexions clear. Her dedication to her craft—as well as her infatuation with Yon-Ka Paris products—is on full display at Totally for You spa. Nestled inside the Prima Donna Fitness for Women building, the tranquil spa stocks its shelves with the nourishing, botanical-based products that have made the name Yon-Ka renowned among beauticians and feared among flora. A variety of body treatments indulge the senses, blending gentle rubs with the aromatic fragrances of essential oils.
The relaxation specialists at Relaxology Spa summon high quality products from Switzerland and the eco-friendly brand BABOR to pamper and prettify clients during three soothing services. The hot stones in the hot-stone massage line posteriors and penetrate back muscles with a warmth more comforting than a runners-up trophy whittled by a grandmother. During BABOR facials, aestheticians slather visages with BABOR products, made primarily from plants and developed in compliance with species protection guidelines. The Vivescence facial treats faces to high-end products imported from Switzerland, and aestheticians form the service to each client's specific skin needs, painting a cleansing mask onto faces using impressionist strokes before opening up pores with a steam machine. Faces emerge from the treatment with lifted skin and a more youthful appearance.
Coowner and medical nurse Marilyn Sepe helms Anti Aging Laser & Wellness Centre with a down-to-earth attitude. Her years of working in the skincare and medical industries have taught her that doctors and aestheticians often speak down to their clients—or talk above their heads. Marilyn, on the other hand, excels at listening. During consultations, she learns about her clients on a personal level, asking questions to find out what they like best about their looks, what they would change if they could, and what the deal is with airline food, right, folks? With this information, she helps them devise a treatment plan that may incorporate facials, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, or photofacials.
Even though Marilyn is a nurse and these treatments take place in a clinical setting, the centre's team hasn’t sacrificed comfort. Clients entering the spa's cozy confines are greeted by dim lighting and soft jazz, and sage-green walls, brown trim, and cork flooring surround them as they sip cups of tea fetched by the staff.
The staffers at RelaxZone Wellness Centre set their healing sights on stress, which modern medicine has linked to many serious illnesses. The relaxation begins in the reception area, where natural light from the windows pours over cushy armchairs. Within the centre's newly renovated and tranquil treatment rooms, staffers perform services ranging from acupuncture to traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massages—which release areas of stagnated tension and too-tight leis. They also promote better health and stimulate natural physical processes via colon hydrotherapy and an infrared sauna.
• For $45, you get a 10-class yoga pass (up to a $125 value). • For $75, you get a one-hour sea-salt-and-micronized full-body exfoliation wrap, a 40-minute targeted-slimming-control massage and body wrap, and one acupuncture session (a $200 value). • For $130, you get one 45-minute Thai herbal massage and a one-hour marine facial (a $280 value). Fountain Spa maintains a refuge from the perpetual stress of urbanity with a broad spectrum of serenity-inducing services aiding body, mind, and spirit. Those opting for the 10-class yoga pass can partake in Fountain Spa’s assortment of class offerings—including Zumba and Ashtanga yoga—led by expert instructors in the centre’s spacious top-floor studio. Laughter Yoga stimulates stress-erasing giggles with yogic breathing, gentle stretching, and sun-saluting tickle fights, and detoxifying Hot Yoga performed at a balmy 34- to 40-degrees Celsius loosens tightly wound torsos while exposing ice-cream cakes disguised as yoga mats. Check out the online schedules for class dates and times.
The outlines of butterflies line the walls of Princess Nail Spa, adding a soothing sense of elegance to the posh purple- and white-hued salon. Specializing in the applications of acrylic nails and Shellac polishes, the spa’s staff grooms nails as guests sink into the plush cushions of the pedicure station, chatting with friends or catching up on fictional friends on the spa’s TV.