Committed to bolstering the well being of their customers as well as that of the planet, Hannah's Euro Spa’s talented staffers maintain a green approach to beauty by performing holistic, eco-friendly services. Eschewing sulfates, parabens, and chemical preservatives, the team rejuvenates bodies using organic and natural soaks, scrubs, and creams whenever possible.
Filled with the delicate smells of essential oils, the serene space bustles with aestheticians revamping hands and feet with mani-pedis or evicting unwanted body hair via gentle sugaring sessions. Within the confines of private treatment rooms, trained-and-certified massage therapists ease bodies aching from long days spent testing out dog doors with massages that range from hot stone to Thai stem. The spa’s facials use advanced European systems along with mineral mud, ylang-ylang, and lavender to restore radiance to complexions. The staff’s commitment to running a green business extends from their treatment rooms to the pollution-free laundry detergent and solutions used in their daily cleaning.
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.
The New You's owner and health coach Mary Ellen Graham combines the techniques of hot-stone and fitness massages in 60- and 90-minute treatments. For about 10 minutes, a fitness machine vibrates away muscle stiffness and aims to boost metabolism, phase out cellulite, and increase muscle elasticity. Next, hands apply hot stones to specific body coordinates, allowing radiant heat to seep into muscles like hot sauce into cheesecakes, easing aches and aiming to improve circulation. Heat expands blood vessels, assuages nerves, and may ease symptoms of insomnia and arthritis. Therapists may recalibrate body vibes using additional modalities such as reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, and tuning forks.
At All Things Beautiful Day Spa, aestheticians swathe bodies in colour- and fragrance-free Dermalogica skin serums and vegan-friendly nail colour. During the 75-minute mani-pedi, a nail technician clips nail tips and shapes cuticles. Hands then savour a soothing massage, readying them to flash colour-soaked nails. The pedicure similarly shapes and buffs nails, removing any rough calluses that impede moonwalking. For an additional $10, clients can upgrade to a shellac mani-pedi.
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.
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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