Practitioners of Ayurveda trace its roots back more than 5,000 years, when sages in India began to believe that balance was the key to a healthy body. In order to achieve such a balance, they understood that the body's three doshas––or humours––must be brought into harmony. This simple foundation stresses the need to understand one's own unique body type and disposition in order to put these elements back into proportion, which is precisely what Ayurveda is today: customized treatments designed to re-establish equilibrium throughout mind, body, and spirit.
Andrea Olivera opened her self-named Ayurveda rituals centre with exactly these principles in mind. During her 20-year career, she has been both a spa professional and an educator, helming her centre’s training branch and teaching at colleges and private schools. When not training other aestheticians and massage therapists through the Ayurvedic Spa Specialist Program, she and her staff help clients find holistic harmony through Ayurvedic facials, massages, steam-based shirodhara cleansings, and acupuncture. Services are performed using the spa's proprietary line of products, which incorporate such natural ingredients as essential oils, plant and flower tinctures, and floral waters harvested from the boutonnieres of the world's most relaxed clowns.
When she designed HealthWinds ~ The Health & Wellness Spa, owner Kailee Kline envisioned an eco-friendly, sunlit spa whose inner chambers provided the best in spa services. To this end, she accented the spa's white, geometric decor with natural elements, including stone and bamboo floors. In the waiting area, she positioned an inlaid, rectangular fireplace across from a wall that streams with water. She balances contrasting elements everywhere—even at the juice bar, which pairs freshly squeezed fruits with cookies, albeit healthy ones. Fashion Magazine declares that the combination of these welcoming amenities makes simply walking into the spa a refreshing experience.
But the lobby is only a hint of what’s to come. Private rain-head showers rinse patrons before or after treatments, and an herbal steam cave adjoins the women's locker room. In treatment rooms, highly trained staff members administer organic facials or aromatherapy massages using premium products from Hungary, France, and Germany. Many of these products are available for purchase in the spa's spacious boutique, where bottles and tubes stand side by side on whitewashed shelves, awaiting the chance to join the ragtag team of lotions in your medicine cabinet.
Among offices snuggled alongside Toronto’s waterfront, Queens Quay Medspa’s professionally trained staffers beautify patrons from tip to toe-tip via treatments for the body and face, along with weight-loss programs. Dedicated to combatting aging, Queens Quay technicians reverse corporeal clocks through services such as lavish facials that imbue visages with a radiant glow and spider-vein-removal treatments using lasers plucked from arachnophobic droids. The med spa’s team remains on the cutting edge of rejuvenating treatments with an arsenal of advanced technology and equipment, from the Aluma Therapy skin-renewal system to UltraShape slimming treatments. To further bolster patron safety and comfort, knowledgeable staffers conduct in-depth consultations before treatments in English, French, or Russian to ensure understanding and fondly revisit the Triple Entente days. Queens Quay Medspa also accepts insurance benefits.
When entering Rhythm Spa, guests are greeted by a glossy upright piano. The instrument is a symbol of the elegance and comfort found throughout the expansive 2,500-square-foot space, anchored by private, themed treatment rooms that have been recently renovated. The spacious couples room makes the perfect environment for lovebirds looking to share a massage or enemies looking to bitterly stare at each other for an hour. The wide range of aesthetic services also includes an infrared sauna, facials with Thalgo skincare products, and custom pedicure chairs with jacuzzi sinks. Pre- or post-treatment, clients can enjoy a treat from the organic cafe, which serves espresso, coffee, handcrafted teas, as well as locally made vegan and gluten-free desserts.
Spa owner Maria is a perfectionist, according to a Toronto City Gossip columnist, who goes on to praise the spa’s “demanding standards of cleanliness” and “perfect” eyebrow threading. To help offset the costs of education, Rhythm Spa offers discounted student pricing on waxing, facials, and massage.
Amethyst Spa & Salon was founded in 1973 by Yvonne Wilson, who continues to own and operate the center. A licensed aesthetician and holistic practitioner, she has carved out a space where creature comforts tend to the spirit while practitioners tend to the body. Upon arrival, clients are invited to slip into a comfy full-length robe and sip on a complimentary beverage. After treatments, they can relax in the lounge, where soft music, a fireplace, and beverages prolong the effects of their treatment and delay a return to the outside world and to still-unfinished Yahtzee games in their 19th hours.
Of course, it's what happens between those bookend spa moments in that has kept Amethyst in business for more than 40 years. Clients indulge in a deluxe power repair facial, its fruit enzyme exfoliants coaxing radiant colours from the skin. Or, they revel in a warm seaweed and mineral mud wrap, during which botanical extracts send aromas into the air while nourishing ingredients work their magic. The spa also features manicures and pedicures, a salt cave, and a thermo acupressure massage bed.
Kate Lee and Amy Yang founded IN Beauty MedSpa with the ambition to meld Eastern philosophy with Western technology. The clinic's specialists intertwine inner and outer beauty during spa services that range from facials and massages to waxing and manicures that polish the spirit's fingernails. On-site dieticians and physicians tailor individualized plans for healthy eating, exercising, and ascertaining the number of jellybeans it takes to get a stomachache.
Lee and Yang jet-set to anti-aging conferences around the world. They continually incorporate new cosmetic technologies such as the Alpha LED light spa, which uses dry heat, oxygen therapy, and near-infrared light to improve blood flow and stimulate metabolic processes. Other medically supervised treatments include focused radiofrequency sessions, which tighten and firm the body.