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.
Licensed acupuncturist Jason Tarter understands firsthand the healing powers of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Helped by a naturopathic doctor at a young age, Jason became fascinated by natural healing and the changes that come with new eating regimens. The transformative powers that Jason encountered inspired him to pursue a career in traditional healing methods. At his clinic in North York, Jason offers acupuncture and cupping treatments, along with Tui Na massage and Gua-sha skin scraping treatments. Traditional healing treatments help clients with everything from migraines and chronic pain to depression and digestive issues, which the Traditional Healing Centre specializes in treating. After an initial consultation, Jason works with clients to devise a healing plan or time travel back to ancient China, which often encompasses herbs, bodywork, or diet changes to be successful.
Thai massage—Urban Nirvana's marquee treatment—helps clients restore balance through a blend of techniques, including stretching muscles, triggering pressure points, and administering reflexology. At the start of each appointment, guests enter a private massage area and unwind before a skilled practitioner grapples overhead poles that allow him or her to walk across legs and back, while engaging hands, elbows, knees, and feet to relax tense muscles. In addition to offering unique Eastern-style massage techniques, Urban Nirvana houses a light-filled studio on the third floor, where clients empower themselves through yoga, meditation, and a variety of workshops. Couples and groups of up to four people at a time can be accommodated in the authentic Thai-inspired setting.
Before there was even an address, there was a mission. Founded in 2004 and opened in 2005, Inspired Life Health Centre seeks to “bring clients to greater levels of health by providing quality health care and education,” according to its website. Inside an “un-clinic” atmosphere, a team of registered massage therapists, a naturopathic doctor, a holistic nutritionist, and an acupuncturist help patients achieve wellness with holistic services. Unlike traditional medicine, the centre’s homeopathic treatments work to boost the body’s innate ability to heal itself without a stethoscope.
At All Seasons Rehab Centre, a chiropractor, a physiotherapist, and a team of massage therapists join forces to combat bodily woes with drug-free, hands-on therapies. The physiotherapist customizes exercise programs and uses rehab modalities such as hydrotherapy to return patients to peak condition. During chiropractic visits, the manual therapist provides adjustments and uses joint manipulation to release tension near the vertebrae. Hot towels, aromatherapy, and soft music accentuate massage treatments, where a therapist unravels knots and pretzel-impersonating limbs with deep-tissue strokes.
The team at M&D Health Care incorporates techniques from massage therapy, herbal medicine, and chiropractic adjustment into treatments. Treatment plans rooted in traditional Chinese medicine select the modalities best suited for each individual's problems. The clinic also performs acupuncture treatments, aiming to rebalance the body's energy flow by targeting specific acupressure points. M&D's treatments can also be effective in concert with traditional medicine, such as regular physical exams or eating an entire apple tree to keep doctors away forever.