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.
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.
Citrine Stone Spa takes its name from a mineral that flushes out negative energy. In keeping with its namesake stone, the spa lifts spirits and enhances beauty with a variety of spa treatments for the face, body, and nails. Recently, the spa added laser hair removal and teeth whitening to its list of services.
Sense of Beauty degrimes digits with en Vogue nail products and soothing appendage services for both men and women. A 40-minute Handyman's manicure ($39.95) eases overworked claws by soaking palms and fingers in a paraffin ointment before an experienced technician employs en Vogue lime and coconut cream to massage away stress caused by clutching ice-cream cones too tightly. Nails resting at the bottoms of well-worn legs are pampered throughout a one-hour Heavy Duty pedicure ($59.95) as a hot-stone massage and quality creams calm aching stems. Sublime colours and plush chairs envelop customers as they nibble on a complimentary snack or sip specialty teas. Though these treatments are male friendly, handywomen can also benefit from the soothing care without the usual burden of wearing a Groucho Marx disguise.
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