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.
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.
Paul Pecorella began his journey of beauty and fashion in Pachino, Sicily, where he was born and raised. Following his passion for hair design, he eventually travelled to Rome and Milan, studying the craft and cementing his aesthetic. Then, in the 1960s, opportunity carried him across the Atlantic to Yorkville, where he obtained the title of Master Cutter and opened his salon. Now, dedicated to inspiring young stylists with that same zeal for fashion, Paul and his staff train New Talent artists in sophisticated scissor choreography while showing Mother Nature respect through eco-friendly Aveda products and proper table etiquette.
The mane artists at Paul Pecorella Hair Salon & Spa specialize in upstyling and technical colour, and invigorate tresses with chic cuts, textured styles, and hydrating follicle treatments supplemented by the organic, conditioning plant oils of Aveda products. Like a megaphone made from a rolled-up rainbow, Paul Pecorella's salon announces its commitment to style with vibrant colour palettes that revolve around lime and mint to inspire stylists as they flourish their craft.
Second Skin Medspa, helmed by licensed medical aesthetician Rose Cruz, pampers and retouches skin while adhering to stringent safety and sanitation standards. Cruz draws on more than 14 years of experience of practicing medical aesthetics in Vancouver and Toronto to perform chemical peels, banish acne, and care for diabetic feet, a specialty she learned at the North American School of Podology. IPL laser hair removal leaves skin smooth, and fractional skin resurfacing and photofacials help to fade fine lines and restore a youthful appearance without requiring one to eat play-doh. The spa also treats nails with relaxing manicures and pedicures that promote foot health and include a soak in a sanitary pipeless tub.
In the waiting room, a grid of circular mirrors reflects teal and white decor as clients sink into a wide couch with pillows. During pedicures, guests can rest on a plush white couch, stretch an arm over an ebony side table, and inhale gentle aromas from a diffuser in the corner.
Many pregnant women are preoccupied with cravings for pickles and ice cream. When Nilla Petta was expecting, she was preoccupied with an idea for a small business. A certified massage therapist, aesthetician, and former Aveda representative, Nilla had always wanted to open her own business but lacked the necessary inspiration. Her pregnancy solved that problem—during her maternity leave, she set about creating a spa where parents and children could relax together. Named after her daughter Soleil, Sunny Mummy Spa invites moms to enjoy prenatal and postnatal massages, recreate pregnancy glow with Aveda facials, and even breastfeed their babies during pedicures.
Sunny Mummy Spa welcomes children to take part in the pampering through mini manicures and pedicures, teen facials, and massages for kids 12 and younger. Otherwise, the childcare team in the supervised children's room entertains little ones for up to two hours as parents receive services, shop the boutique, or head off-site to run errands or spend quality time with their imaginary friends.