Specializing in reflexology and traditional Chinese acupressure, Sole Spa’s knead-wielding staff propels clients into states of extreme serenity via tension-erasing massage treatments. During the 50-minute Standard Footy, feet exhausted from the daily commute to work by telephone wire unwind as they wallow in a soothing soak. A sea-salt bath imbues toes with oceanic tranquility, after which a reflexology foot massage bombards knotted muscles with strategic strokes and palliative kneads. As hoof batteries recharge, a 10-minute hand massage imbues mitts with enough energy to donate high-fives to all who need them. The zen-like spa bolsters treatment-induced sojourns into relaxation with its Eastern-inspired decor that includes softly glowing paper lanterns, Chinese paintings, and Buddha statues.
The vision for what eventually became the arts-centric Vancouver Biennale organization began in 1998 when Buschlen Mowatt Galleries opened their four-month-long outdoor Open Spaces exhibit. Determined to go beyond the walls of traditional art galleries, the event’s organizers brought their showcase to a mile-long stretch of beach in English Bay and the back of one giant sea turtle. The sculptures, crafted by luminaries hailing from France, England, Colombia, and the US, drew more than seven million viewers during its limited run, and set off the idea that would become the Biennale—a biannual celebration exposing locals to many forms of public art.
Since then, the celebration has expanded to include not only visual arts but performance art and new media. In recent years, events have also included the Vancouver Tour de Biennale, an area bike tour that gathers cyclists to cover varying distances around the Vancouver area as they admire public art displays along the road.
A renaissance athlete, Konrad Wasiela’s résumé boasts accolades in football, judo, and track and field. Now he pours this experience into training others both at his indoor studio and outdoor locations, Alive Fitness, which features a program of personal training and group boot-camp classes. Each session aims to burn fat and build lean muscle through exercises that can be modified to accommodate various fitness levels and ailments, such as injured knees, backs, and prehensile tails.
The Vancouver Canadians are the only affiliated minor-league team in Canada. As a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League between 1978 and 1999, they claimed three championships as well as a Triple-A World Series. In 2011, the Canadians became the Toronto Blue Jays’ short-season class-A affiliate, taking home the Northwest League’s championship title that year and the next. The team plays its home games at Nat Bailey Stadium, which was built in 1951, a storied time in baseball when a hot dog cost a nickel and a tie was settled with a ten-step duel.
Lisa and Danny, the owners and directors of Bikram Yoga Vancouver, began their mutual journey under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India as well as the style of yoga that now bears his name. After a knee injury left him crippled at 17, Bikram willed himself toward recovery with the help of his teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, and the series of 26 asanas that the two designed specifically to heal the body’s chronic physical ailments.
Today, Lisa and Danny continue to teach those same 26 poses to students of all levels. Their classes unfold in a studio heated to a fiery 40.5 degrees Celsius; the high temperatures help the body shed tension, toxins, and piggybacking snowmen. Focused breathing exercises complement sitting and standing poses that propel oxygen to the body's extremities and strengthen muscles.