Appointment required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average length of treatment: 60 minutes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Available behind the building on nights and weekends
Pro Tip: Let the esthetician know your needs or any health issues they should be aware of.
Q&A with the Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We encourage people to work at their own pace in a non-critical environment, and help them to continuously improve (again at their own pace). We show them that yoga can be relaxing and fun.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
No. One does not have to be in pain to get a good workout. A workout can have an element of challenge (which is important); however, it should not feel like a chore.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
This was instilled at a very young age and has become an integral part of who I am as a person. For me, working out strengthens and soothes the body, mind, and spirit. It gives me a sense of calm and overall, just makes me feel good and boosts my spirit.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
At La Tropiqua we want to show people that working out is great, but it is also important to take some time to fully unwind by pampering oneself a little. We should not feel guilty about doing this, as it's an important part of taking care of ourselves.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to establish the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, followed by a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa, where Daniel explain why male-centric services are necessary. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he said. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
The only thing gritty and rough at Bodé's Ottawa location are the unfinished concrete walls that wrap around the spacious spa. This coarse, earthy element, complemented by a robust fireplace and metal accents, gives the space a refined yet manly feel as highly trained technicians pamper gentlemen inside private treatment rooms. The hydro room—described by clients as a "rainforest grotto"—fosters relaxation as a registered massage therapist or massage practitioner eases tension and knots from bodies with a custom massage. Masculine tranquility is also found in a tailored foot and hand fixes, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and specialized skincare treatments, which offer exfoliation via chemical peels.
At daya organic spa, even the receptionist's desk is carved from recycled wood. Its knots and grains mirror those of the shelves, chairs, and pedicure bench, radiating a rustic vibe that jibes with an eco-friendly philosophy. The spa's furniture may be the most visible sign of its commitment to the earth. Others—its eco-friendly light bulbs, live plants, and exclusively organic products—aren't as immediately apparent, though they all serve to immerse guests in a serene, green environment.
The highly trained staffers use organic Éminence products for their skincare services, nourishing pores with extracts of Hungarian fruits and herbs. Clients get particularly close to the land during a Hungarian herbal detox, which cocoons them in a body wrap of herbal mud before a hydrating shower and application of body lotion. Mani-pedis, meanwhile, include the exfoliating effects of one of four sugar scrubs: geranium, frankincense, Chinese jasmine, or ginger. Customized facials treat skin concerns from aging to sun damage, and Daniel Thompson mineral makeup accentuates features without irritants such as talc, oils, and the artificial fragrances that can get your compact pollinated by confused bees.
You might've heard it referred to as sensory deprivation, or maybe even Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). No matter what you call it, though, floating has earned its merits by helping people overcome issues affecting both the body and mind. At Tank Action, 60-minute sessions invite you to completely disconnect from the outside world and reap the potential benefits of floating, which include relief from stress, relief from pain, and improved sleep. Here are a few things to know about the process before you stop by:
The tank: Isolation tank is an enclosed environment, but easily entered and exited. It blocks out all light and sound, leaving you to dissolve into complete, uninterrupted peace. Tank Action uses Oasis float tanks which offer large, spacious environments.
The salt: There's more than 900 pounds of Epsom salt in the water. It not only packs a valuable magnesium boost, but it also allows you to float with absolutely zero effort.
The water: The water in the tank is heated to the same temperature as the surface of your skin, making it tough to tell where your body ends and the water begins.
Operating within Merio's Hair Design, Relaxation Station provides people with contact-free massages with the help of the SpaCapsule. The station's singular hydro-massage machine kneads muscles across the body up to the neck while the client's head remains unenclosed. Adjustable high-pressure jets work through a waterproof membrane that keeps skin and clothes dry and prevents pruning. As the jets move up and down the body, soothing aromatherapy scents mist about the massage space, relaxing music plays, and images of water, verdant fields, and knitting kittens soothe irises. Like conventional massage, hydro-massage has a variety of health benefits, such as stress reduction, improved sleep and circulation, and relaxed muscles. The innovative machine takes massages up a notch, however, earning nods from The Doctors, Good Morning America, and NBC News.
Walk out of Ottawa's Winds of Change Day Spa absolutely glowing after a much-needed day of pampering.
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