The owner of A.H.A Wellness Services—Sheri Webber—has trained to be a spiritual healer, reiki practitioner, hypnotherapist, therapeutic touch practitioner, raindrop-technique practitioner, and an aesthetician. She understands how much life disruption symptoms and pain from disease can bring. She is dedicated to helping others minimize or eliminate pain and symptoms of bodily imbalance at her soothing wellness center, where the core belief is that bodies can heal themselves if provided with the proper tools. Here, clients can receive reiki, raindrop-technique, and hypnosis treatments, along with ionic footbaths and relaxation massage, to help them along their journey to wellness in mind, body, and spirit.
Style director James brings aesthetic sensibilities honed over 30 years in New York City to his eponymous downtown salon, James & Associates Hair Design. Black-and-white photography accents light blue walls in the studio, where stylists Meredith and Bernadette consult with clients to decide which cut, colour, or mascot head best suits their faces. Waxing and massage services overseen by Carla, an experienced spa director, round out the salon's roster of pampering treatments.
When you step inside Serenity Luxury Spa, a tranquil haven lit only with natural light and flickering candles, it's hard to imagine the sweat and strain workers put into constructing the two-storey building more than a century ago, especially because of a recent renovation, which glossed over any signs of the building's age with luxurious amenities such as sleek hardwood floors and fireplace-warmed lounging areas. Soft blankets keep clients cozy in each of the nine private treatment rooms, including one room dedicated to couples massage, and sounds of the ocean purify brain waves by accompanying them through an onsite Brita filter.
Owner and licensed aesthetician Sharisse Sorman emphasizes the importance of product quality and keeps the spa stocked with elite brands including Vivier Skin, gloProfessional, Shellac, and OPI. It was also Sharisse's idea to fill treatment rooms' fireplaces with candles—a calming alternative to crackling pieces of wood or a fistful of fireflies.
According to Freida Polihronis, "If you cannot eat it you cannot put it on your skin." Polihronis staked this claim in an interview with Bullet News following her appearance on CBC's program Dragon's Den, where she stepped into the den and pitched her signature body butter and anti-aging skincare line—both of which contain only pure, natural ingredients. In fact, she concocts each of her products with only five or six ingredients such as essential oils, Dead Sea salts, and fruit enzymes.
At Zoē Anti-Aging & Wellness Spa, Polihronis steeps skin in these products during services that benefit the face, body, and nails. Having "plastered mounds of lotion, oils, and Dead Sea Salt body polish" on her daughters and pet porpoise, Polihronis believes her products accommodate even the most sensitive skin. She takes care to evaluate each person's skin prior to treating it, whether embarking on a full-body polish, an anti-aging facial, or a sugaring treatment.
Located inside the Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre, Reflexions Real Life Fitness Centre boasts an outdoor courtyard pool as well as an indoor salt-water pool, both of which host aquatic exercise classes. Keeping with the oceanic theme, the centre stocks Atlantis-brand equipment. Instructors utilize these machines and other tools during a wide variety of group classes, from spinning to meditative yoga sessions. Pilates and Core Ball classes tone torsos with focused stretches, whereas boot-camp drills move at a faster, more intense pace. TRX classes, meanwhile, train students to lift their own body weight with the aid of hanging cords.
Dr. Marco Bouchard can skillfully adjust a single patient’s spine, whether they are two days or ninety-two years old. With a background in pediatrics, he modifies his chiropractic methods to suit a child’s frame at his practice, Healthy Beginnings Chiropractic.
His method of choice is the pragmatic Gonstead technique, which favors analyzing spines with mechanical engineering principles, rather than by knocking on them and waiting for an answer. In accordance with the technique, Dr. Bouchard’s exams incorporate the Nervoscope, which charts how heat is distributed along the spine, as well as x-rays and manual assessments. For alternative health treatments, patients can visit the practice’s naturopathic doctor or the massage therapist, whose Swedish kneads improve circulation, relieve muscle tension, and minimize stress.
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