Opened in December 2009, Xhale Beauty Lounge is an upscale salon presenting patrons with scoopfuls of high-quality services and a commitment to eco-friendly practices. The beauty mani-pedi treatments repair and rejuvenate damaged digits with cuticle corralling, nail shaping, scrubs, massage, colour polish, and a concluding aromatherapy hot-towel treatment. Each service takes 45 minutes and uses colourfully hued polish made by CND and SpaRitual. Though fingers are necessary for tracing turkeys and plugging the unsightly hole in the middles of diamond rings, they are also useful barometers of age and refinement. When prospective employers and old flames gaze at a person’s finger docks and the occasionally bared leg hand, well-kempt nails and cuticles send a message of confidence, sophistication, and youth. After a mani-pedi at Xhale Beauty Lounge, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches.
Apex Chiropractic fuses the ancient Chinese healing of acupuncture with a full slate of modern lasers, body sculpting, and pain management techniques. Chiropractors offer both traditional adjustments and no-crack impulse adjustments that restore balance through super-fast, focused pressure. Shock-wave and LiteCure laser therapies help stimulate recovery and reduce inflammation, and massage therapy and naturopathic therapy offer a drug-free path toward pain management and healing.
In the summer of 2003, Nancy Mudford made her dream of owning a small business come true by transforming an old video store into her own full-service spa. Inspired by the sun-soaked hillsides of rural France, she renovated the space with the help of interior designer and a bunch of painstakingly selected Benjamin Moore paints. Now done over in an elegant Old-World colour palette, the beautiful spa houses a team of certified technicians whose specialized skincare talent has helped the spa win numerous awards. The aestheticians’ microdermabrasion treatments, when paired with facial peels, work to thoroughly exfoliate dead skin cells from faces and unearth new, brighter complexions. During spa pedicures, techs beautify clients’ toes and vestigial fins with Footlogix, OPI, and other brand-name products.
With a fashionable canine wardrobe hand-picked from boutiques around the world and an array of cosmopolitan accessories, barking babies lavishes the family's furriest mascot in opulent trimmings. The designer dog firm ushers in exclusive Fido fashion from Tokyo, New York, and Milan to swaddle dogs of all sizes in swanky threads and fill their treasure chests with the finest leather rawhides. Proud parents can primp their whistle heeders in seasonal frocks such as a reversible quilted ski parka ($40) or a sleeveless pretty bow tee ($45) while keeping obedient bottoms warm with a pair of polka-dot or candy-adorned undies ($19). In addition to cocooning four-legged newspaper couriers in luxurious beds and carriers, barking babies also decorates its décolletages with an eclectic collection of collars and leads, such as the stylish gingham harness embellished with lace and button details ($30) or a standard nylon leash to rein in smaller dogs or lasso meandering coworkers ($20). Hound hosers can enlist the spa line at the mutt boutique to keep their pups fresh with a cocktail of shea-butter shampoos, coconut-lime conditioners, and ProDental toothpaste.
When Lindsay Walker opened Ascent Wellness & Aromatherapy, it was important to her that the spa would use only all-natural and fair-trade products, from brands such as Seaflora. Made locally on Vancouver Island, Seaflora is a blend of seaweed and other organic botanicals that help reverse the signs of aging without using any chemicals. Besides facials, clients may request a waxing session, a manicure with vegan nail polish, or a soothing aromatherapy massage performed in a private treatment room. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages are also available.