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.
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.
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.
In the early 2000s, Doctor of Chiropractic Guy Bahar of The Posture Clinic began to notice a disturbing trend in the postures of his patients. Heads started to jut forward, upper backs hunched over, and chests caved inward. Dr. Bahar theorized that motions associated with a technology-heavy lifestyle—including slumping in front of computer screens, hunching over to read handheld devices, and lugging around heavy pieces of particle accelerators—was steadily causing the public to develop poor postural habits over time. As a chiropractor, he believed that these habits were interfering with the nervous system in general and the spine in particular, inhibiting healthy nerve function and causing chronic pain or fatigue as a result. His signature posture-correcting regimen can correct these conditions with a number of different treatment modalities, each of which promotes neuromuscular health and encourages patients to maintain a towering posture.
Initial assessments can begin with a battery of imaging scans, which can use thermography, x-rays, or surface EMG scans to gain invaluable insight into the body's structure and function. From there, Dr. Bahar and his staff of therapists can treat patients' particular conditions with muscle-relaxing massages, acupuncture sessions, and chiropractic micro-adjustments that completely avoid twisting the head or the neck.
Five years after graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic Haydene Lee opened Bayview North Family Chiropractic. As the name suggests, the practice favors chiropractic services for the entire family—including treatments for ear infections, pregnancy-related woes, and posture correction—but it's not restricted to them.
That's because Dr. Lee has brought aboard a diverse staff of health professionals that includes fellow CMCC alums and Doctors of Chiropractic Robert Grzeskowiak and Lee Bagola. Their knack for treating athletic injuries is made easier by chiropractic tools such as the torque-release technique and COREscore reports that can scan the nervous system for potential problems.
To round out the holistic approach, the clinic offers services from Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Maral Yazdandoost, massage therapists Tenille Hallman and Mahshid Jamshidi, and therapist Lesley Raubvogel.
• 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.
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