Named for the Japanese word for “cure,” Iyashi Bedrock Spa takes an innovative approach to healing by beckoning visitors into its all-natural Japanese ganbanyoku rock bathing suites. Since its inception, Iyashi has been featured in numerous media outlets including E! Spa Trend Alert, which mentions Iyashi is "the latest Spa secret that has athletes and celebrities rolling around on a bed of rocks." Athlete visitors include Katie Tsuyuki, a snowboard competitor in the 2014 Olympics. New Beauty Magazine also named it one of the top five unique spas in the world for its more than 20 beds of imported black silica rock that boast detoxifying and relaxing effects. Hot water runs beneath these slabs, heating them to approximately 44 degrees Celsius in a room held at 60 per cent humidity to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a rainforest. The treatment room feels like a cross between a low heat sauna and a mild steam room in which clients place a towel down and lie for 20 minutes at a time, basking in the sounds of soothing music before stepping out into the cool-down room. This process is repeated for an hour as the stones suffuse bodies with far-infrared rays and negative ions that can help to loosen tight muscles, burn calories, improve circulation, and boost the immune system. The 16-student yoga classes helped the studio earn "top 10 in Toronto" honors from blogTO and LexiYoga.
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.
Founded by a group of doctors, Health Medica and its team of medical professionals embark on a mission to bolster inner and outer health using both natural healing methods and noninvasive modern technologies. The health experts regularly swap business cards and favourite lollipop flavours at international trade shows, keeping abreast of the latest pain-free medical care and computerized equipment for procedures such as spinal decompression. To complement medical treatments, the med-spa staff massages away stress and boosts clients' self-esteem with skincare treatments such as chemical peels.
Health Medica also helps their patients make long-term lifestyle changes. In addition to laser weight-loss procedures, the health gurus provide nutritional counselling and choreograph high-energy cheerleading cheers to recommend take-home products.
The lifestyle therapists at Toronto Colonics work to encourage healthy living through both their namesake service and a range of safe, detoxifying treatments. The centre's own sculpturing technique gently breaks down scar tissue and rebalances muscles in the feet and face and works to release impurities lodged across the body.
During a live cell microscopy session, a drop of blood is plucked from a finger before a technician analyzes it beneath a microscope, checking to see if the client has vitamin deficiencies or is made of marshmallows. Alternatively, the clinic's signature colon-hydrotherapy treatments are performed in a private treatment room and designed to relieve symptoms such as headaches and constipation by detoxifying the body from the inside out.
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.
Orya Beauty Boutique owner Christina Gitzias draws upon more than 15 years of experience beautifying bodies as an international makeup artist. While working alongside fashion photographers in Mexico City, Christina perfected her ability to amplify mischievous winks with semi-permanent eyelash extensions, and honed her grasp of skin chemistry after a year working with one of Asia's largest cosmetic companies. Her staff strives to complete beauty rituals in under an hour, allowing clients to visit during lunch breaks and make it back in time for interdepartmental charades. Nevertheless, treatments grant visitors just enough time to take in shelves of Dermalogica products and mod black-and-white furniture punctuated by opulent crystal chandeliers.