Though Organic Beauty Bar's pampering and beauty treatments may seem complex, the simplicity of their certified-organic products is the key to their success. Before they nourish clients' skin, their products' ingredients are simply hand-plucked off branches and from the earth to be mashed into pulps. The Hungarian herbs, fruits, and vegetables infuse the organic salves with active components, many of which might have been lost if they were pressed into extracts or chewed up and spit out.
The aestheticians put the nutrient-packed, dye-free serums to work during facials, massages, and body-scrub sessions. Their range of facials—including the Sweet Cinnamon facial and Bouquet of Flowers facial—cleanse surfaces and combat the signs of aging, while seaweed and sea kelp polish the entire body for a dewy, all-over sheen.
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.
Led by licensed massage therapists and a registered acupuncturist, Flow Shiatsu & RMT Clinic specializes in using shiatsu massage to help restore balance to the body. Often called “acupuncture without needles”, shiatsu puts pressure on specific points along the body to unblock qi, or energy, that can negatively affect health. While shiatsu is the house specialty, Flow Shiatsu & RMT Clinic also offers other modalities of massage, such as deep tissue, relaxation, and myofascial release, as well as traditional acupuncture to help relieve tension and chronic pain. The health specialists treat every client as an individual, spending time diagnosing and discussing problem areas, in order to treat the whole body and find the root of the problem.
By using organic, all-natural products, the staff at Rosemary Beauty spa soothe and beautify their clients without the harsh chemicals of standard spa formulas. Massage services pamper clients literally from head to toe, as scalp massages grant cranial relaxation and Chinese herbal foot massages seek to detoxify and boost relaxation in the feet—meanwhile, full-body massages range from gentle aromatherapy styles to intense deep-tissue modalities. A menu of organic facials, many of which include steam extractions and moisturizing masks, includes versions designed to target blemishes on teen skin and adjust men's five o'clock shadows to daylight savings time. Ear candling, waxing, and mani-pedi services round out Rosemary’s menu.
Each system of the body requires specific expertise and a whole range of products. At Health-Pro Wellness, the staff brings specialized knowledge to bear against many distinct problems. They can start with the skin, revitalizing through tightening laser treatments, laser hair removal, or non-invasive facelift massage. Working their way down the body, chiropractors can provide gentle adjustments or custom orthotics inserts and shoes. During a range of classes, yoga and pilates instructors strengthen and tone the core. Physiotherapists help heal the body following athletic injuries or attempts to reenact the best scenes from The Three Stooges Buy a Trampoline Factory.
A chiropractor, an acupuncturist, and a massage therapist—three different specialists with the same mission: to help alleviate patients' pain without drugs or surgery. For the past 10 years at Yonge Finch Chiropractic & Health Centre, these specialists have plied their healing trade on their own or worked in tandem with each other to tackle problems ranging from back pain and headaches to digestive issues. The team also fosters deeper relaxation with meditation and stress-relief programs.