The savvy team at Epiphany Day Spa dispels stress and unprettiness with a hefty roster of hair services, skincare and bodycare treatments, and spa packages. After slipping into a robe and slippers, clients can lounge in a private room, where an aesthetician buffs away dead skin cells and skin dullness with microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists revive lackluster manes with braids, weaves, and coloring services, while intimate massage rooms create a welcoming and warm environment for clients to kick up their feet and de-stress during 60-minute sessions.
The candlelit crevices of the spa further encourage guests to relax, nibble on complimentary cheese and crackers, and sip soothing cups of tea or coffee as they retreat to the waiting lounge to enjoy a moment of peace or attempt to recite the Declaration of Independence in pig Latin. Those in search of a domestic skincare regime can peruse Epiphany’s stock of moisturizers, eye creams, and masks from the Your Name Cosmetics and CosMedical Skin Care lines.
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.
The skilled technicians at all of O Spa's three beauty havens focus on fostering whole-body well-being as they tend to skin with more than 10 treatments, including more than 10 massage modalities. Advanced med-spa treatments include laser hair removal with the Eterna Giovinezza by Quanta System, which destroys follicles at the root with its heated rays in 15-minute to two-hour sessions. Permanent-makeup sessions focus on defining facial features with cosmetic tattoos. The areas are first covered with a topical anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable before a permanent-makeup artist inks the lids with faux eyeliner, fills in the brows, or creates the illusion of full lips by tattooing "I Heart Mom" around them.
BodyLine Medical Spa's talented team polish and pamper sallow skins with a variety of facial treatments in a professional, relaxing environment. The SilkPeel dermal infusion employs a nonabrasive procedure that combines exfoliation with topical treatments to assuage specific skin conditions. Special rotary instruments file away surface-level cells, and targeted ingredients infiltrate deeper layers of the skin's cellular organization, where they lead letter-writing campaigns to protest the spread of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blue Firmament Holistic Center's services span from health-spa treatments to classes and workshops, all of which strive to bolster corporal and mental serenity. Lessons on yoga and dance—including Zumba fitness, belly dancing, and pole dancing—lead physiques into sinuous routines that augment strength and flexibility. Other group events might include drumming performances or meditation seminars, and tarot card and candle readings, when held simultaneously, predict upcoming poker table fires. Different massage modalities can also reduce muscular tension as they knead away stress.
The center places great emphasis on natural pathways to wellness, prepping its spa procedures and juice bar with exclusively organic ingredients. On weekends, guests can munch on uncooked meals from Maggie's Raw Love Cafe to avoid raspberries from burnt tongues.
The bodywork experts at Healthworks Massage Therapy have been trained in a wide array of hands-on modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage to orthopedically minded sports massage and Thai massage. They pamper mothers-to-be with specialized pregnancy massages and melt chronic tension in targeted areas with strategically placed hot stones. Thorough consultations before each treatment allow them to assess each client's aches and target specific areas to be worked on.