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Letters EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mary Hughes

ART DIRECTOR Bruce Anderson

Dear Spa Life, I wanted to let you know some spa ideas I do, and I wanted to share some summertime things I have enjoyed at spas, too. How to make a spa trip as easy as a trip to the nearest provincial park: Walks at dusk with flashlights and leather pouches of cool wine. Massage oil with your spouse in a tent under the stars. Don’t take sleeping bags - take your flannel sheets, your feather down duvet and cuddle in on those cool summer nights. A bottle of wine in stainless goblets, chilled all evening in a rustic bucket of ice and water. Baskets of weathered boxes filled with Scrabble boards, clue games, and Monopoly. Surround your campsite with wicker torches and draped sarongs to provide the feeling of a private spot nestled in the woods. Wake to birds singing and giant mugs of rich coffee bubbled over a campfire.

Leave the excess of the world behind. Take life to the simplest level. Tantalize your six senses. Give your attention over to each other, leaving the pressures of excess behind. Joanne D. Goderich, ON Spa Life: Wanted to tell you about the hottest trend in massage therapy: Ashiatsu Oriental Therapy®. It is now available in Canada. It is essentially a barefoot massage performed on the floor, and allows clients to really feel deep massage. It is wonderful to experience the “deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet”. I would be delighted to offer you a complimentary Ashiatsu massage. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind regards, Julie Moore Whitby, Ontario


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Getting down to Earth or clearing your head!

I recently went to the Canadian West for a visit to a few wonderful properties that offer spa treatments. One can never miss the great Pacific Ocean. There is something to be said for being by the water: it is soothing, and even healing. Who knows better about that than Diane Bernard, who is known as the ‘Seaweed Lady’. So: here I was on a cool April morning, geared up in rubber boots, heading down for the low tide to learn all about seaweed and its benefits. There is something to be said about trudging around in boots listening to the water slop against my boots, too! It reminds me of my of puddle-jumping days when I was a kid. However, this puddle was much bigger. I really enjoyed feeling, seeing and even tasting the different kinds of seaweed that Diane was showing us. Did you know there are over 500 kinds, off of Canada’s coast? Diane’s company, Sea Flora, harvests and makes seaweed into benefiting creams and lotions. It was fascinating. Who would think that yucky green stuff that washes onto the beach, could be so full of nutrients and minerals? Even edible, and so good for you! As I walked carefully along with my walking stick, trying not to stumble on the ocean bottom, I picked up a super huge piece of seaweed, to put in my bath. I was really enjoying the outdoor connection to nature - the breeze, the air, the water and its offerings. I think this on its own could be a spa treatment -I think my mother would call this, ‘clearing your head’! Not sure if that would be a big seller on a spa menu, but it certainly was working for me!


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By Mary Hughes


hen you think you have life figured out, that’s when it can throw you a curve! It did just that for Mylisa Henderson when she and her family relocated from Boston to Ontario’s Blue Mountains, in the Collingwood area, in 2000. Her relocation included her becoming a stay-at-home mom after working for one of the largest North American wine manufacturers. So, literally at home, she thought what could they do? Mylisa had been introduced to the Scandinavian spa experience as her

sister married a founder of Scandinave Spa and Mylisa thought the unique spa concept would work at Blue Mountain. She was smitten – so much so, that she contacted her friends from her winery life, Robert and Lesley Cederberg from Calgary, and they all went to Quebec’s Mont Tremblent for a visit in February 2004. As they sat in the hot baths they pictured their dream at this point, and realized, “We can bring this concept to Blue Mountain!” They could capture the Scandinavian experience and locate it right beside the Intrawest Blue Mountain Ski Village.

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The rest was fate: the Cederberg’s moved from Calgary. It took an additional year and they found and bought the perfect 50 acres to build their dream spa. In January 2006 the project really began as the plans were drawn, and in June they started to build. Six months and seven million dollars later, the spa opened, in December 2006! Mylisa laughs as she says, “I stained a lot of this wood here”! Not only did friends and family invest, but also the partners worked hands-on, building, staining and doing anything that needed doing until the doors opened. ‘Luck is when you mix friendship with a shared vision’


Keeping things rustic was important, “We didn’t want it daunting and intimidating, we wanted men to feel comfortable here, too!” says Mylisa Henderson.

“It was a rough start as our first winter was slow,” Mylisa explains. “The snow didn’t really come ‘till February. And then, in August of 2007, the concept turned on like a switch - people started coming and they have never stopped!” It is the best deal – for only $48 you can spend the entire day. For the full treatment, add a massage: for both cost starts at only $121. The extension of the main building houses 13 treatment rooms that offer a variety of sublime massages with options of Swedish and pregnancy massages, or a duo massage for couples. There is a variety of packages and even yoga for those looking to de-stress even further. The spa offers three hot baths and three plunging pools, hot and cold waterfalls, and three solarium lounging areas. Mylisa told me the most advantageous way to experience the Scandinavian bath is to heat up first. So I changed into my bathing suit and donned my robe and began my journey in the eucalyptus steam room located in the authentic silo, brought from Saskatchewan. Ten minutes in there and I was VERY toasty. I ventured to the cold plunging pool and even though I cringed getting into the cold


To experience the baths and meet friends, come on a weekday to really embrace the concept of natural relaxation and wellness - the entire day for $48!

pool, I had to admit it was refreshing. I put on my cozy robe and lingered by the woodburning fireplace in a comfortable Muskoka chair and took in the great outdoors.

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Throughout the afternoon I repeated the hot and cold regimen. For those who like it really ‘hot’ try the wood-burning sauna located in the log house. It’s kept at a toasty 180º.

‘Meet a friend and soak up the tranquility of the natural setting’ Get the full benefit

Afterwards I changed and I wandered into the enormous post-and-beam barn style lounge and bistro. I enjoyed a wonderful salad with a glass of wine, while enjoying the view. It is a perfect place to meet a friend and get caught up while enjoying some relaxing time together. They are always keeping the integrity of the property, clean and as natural as it can be. Guests should know there is no loud talking and ‘quiet’ is the atmosphere here. Be forewarned: many times there is a wait list to get in.

There are three relaxing solariums that offer lounging chairs. To be quite honest, I could have had a nap, I was so relaxed. This type of detoxification is an ages-old tradition of hot - cold that promises you will end up feeling rejuvenated and renewed - and it really is true!

Fast-forward to 2012 and Spa Scandinave Blue Mountain will welcome 88,000 guests this year, and 35,000 will enjoy a massage. A phenomenon has happened: this spa is a breed of a different kind - hundreds of thousands are loving it and taking the plunge! Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Blue Mountains, ON 705-443-8484 / 877-988-8484

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he Scandinavian Style spa experience is energizing and relaxing and afterwards your body feels like it has had a good workout. The circulatory system has worked hard to warm up the body and pump the blood around and it also gets a great workout! Drinking water is really important. Drink at least one to two bottles of water while visiting the spa. Refilling water stations are throughout. Guests can bring their own water bottles.

Cold water dipping is really important as it closes your pours and it makes your heart pump harder thus warms the body up and is a good work out for your heart and produces endorphins that stay with you long after the experience. It is a good idea to rest in between the hot and cold sessions to get the full benefit.


Le Sooke Spa, owner Michelle Bohn

On a recent visit to West Coast Canada, I met with a few spa owners that shared with me that business was down and in fact, worriedly down. They were asking me if I thought that spas had had their day? Are the days of pampering over for many people? If so, what could they do to revive their business? My eyebrows went up - I had never considered this even a possibility. So I asked some pointed questions about tourism and discovered what was really affecting these spas. It turns out that tourism has been dwindling. Many spas are dependent on hotel and B&B guests, coming from all over. Being in a smaller area it is harder to maintain a regular client base. So, the decline in visitors matched the decline in spa treatments. So, what do you do if you are a spa reliant on tourism? Le Sooke Spa, owner Michelle Bohn had a solution for dwindling business: “This year has had it’s challenges,” she says. “I wanted to create some new pricing and packages to attract more local clients. I never thought


I would be lowering prices after 10 years of being in business, but 2012 has been demanding!” So, Michelle has created the 20 - 12 (Twenty Twelve) card. Spa guests pay $20 for the card which entitles them to get 12 percent off any regular priced services and products for the entire year of 2012. Dear Mary, I am a larger woman and my friend took me to a spa for the first time. I loved it, but I am very hesitant to go back. The robes provided at most spas are small and don’t fit me. It makes me feel self-conscious. Do you know of any spas that cater to larger people? Ann D., Ontario Ann, I appreciate you sharing your dilemma and you are not alone. I have a great idea: why don’t you take your own robe with you and then you will never be without one that fits you. Spas welcome people of all shapes and sizes - don’t be self-conscious. If you like, buy a white robe and that will fit in with most spas and hotels that offer robes, white is a universal color. Go and enjoy yourself and never look back!


01. Some believe the term spa was derived from the name of a town in what country? a. Egypt b. Belgium c. France d. Greece 02. What is a hammam? a. An Israeli spa retreat b. A Greek body wrap c. A Turkish bath d. An Egyptian mud mask 03. The largest hot springs in Canada are located in what province? a. Quebec b. Alberta c. Ontario d. British Columbia 04. How much of the body’s blood do the muscles receive during a massage? a. 1/2 b. 1/3 c. 1/4 d. 1/8 Spa Trivia Answers 01. b. Belgium / 02. c. A Turkish bath / 03. d. British Columbia / 04. a. 1/2

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Jane Warner is registered with the Ontario College of Chiropodists, and has been practicing chiropody in the Waterloo Region since 1990. She has worked in hospitals, health centers, doctors’ offices, nursing homes. Jane set up her own private practice - Firm Foundations - in 2001 in Heidelberg, just north of Waterloo. Information regarding Jane’s chiropody practice can be found at


arm breezes, green leaves, and flowers have arrived. Summer! Oh how we have looked forward to these days during the long winter months. This change in season also brings a change in physical activity. Whether we are walking, biking, gardening, running or - yes - even shopping more, we often increase our physical activity as the weather turns warmer and we are drawn out by the fresh air and sun.


It feels great to get out and exercise, instead of being cooped up working out at home or the gym. We feel energized by the sunny outdoors, so we increase our levels of physical activity. Then it begins: slight discomfort in the shin, or pain in your heel when you get out of bed in the morning, or maybe your knee starts to bother you. Your first thoughts here might be, “I need to push through and it will get better,” or “I’m just not in shape yet.” While this may be true for a lot of the aches and soreness following increased exercise, when it comes to your feet these are red flags that you need to pay attention to. Spalife Magazine Secrets 2012

Firstly, stretching and increasing your activity level gradually are the best ways to go at your spring and summer exercise. If you do start to notice pain in your shin, heel, or knee, you need to assess your shoes. Are they old? Too flexible? Are the soles worn at the heel or the forefoot? Proper footwear goes a long way in reducing the stress on your feet. Generally speaking, a brand name pair of shoes will serve you better. A lot of time and money has been put into researching and building that shoe, so you are going to end up with a shoe that is better equipped to support your feet. You should consider

this a good investment into the health and comfort of your feet. If after acquiring proper footwear you are still experiencing foot strain or related symptoms (shin splints, heel pain or even an occasional twinge in your knee) you may need some professional help with your feet. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can help you get started on the right foot for spring and summer exercise. We are regulated health professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat the disorders of the feet.

Nordic Walking

Once just an off-season ski-training practice, Nordic walking has graduated to a highly recognized fitness training activity all its own. A form of fitness walking, this wonderfully aerobic activity adds poles to the regular activity of walking. Fitness walking is a more rapid, energetic walk designed to strengthen cardiovascular health, as well as to control weight, and to reduce stress.

If you are in pain and aren’t able to see a professional right away, there are some things that you can do in the meantime to help alleviate some of your symptoms. Firstly, cut back on your activity level and frequency. Secondly, wear your ‘supportive’ shoes as much as possible - even in the house. Thirdly, you may want to try wearing a tensor bandage when you are active, or purchase an over-the-counter arch support. If you are in pain, these methods do not replace seeking professional help, but are meant to temporarily relieve some of your discomfort. Do what you can to enjoy the season. Get out there, take in the fresh air, and be active. Just remember to get help if you need it.

Walkers grip the poles, and use them rhythmically to help propel the body forward. Adding poles redistributes the physical effort that is used, involving the upper body for a more thorough workout, symmetrically balancing the muscles used. Specially designed poles intended specifically for this activity are reputed to promote biomechanically correct walking.

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Ask the Experts:

By Kristin Caria, B.Sc. (Hons), N.D.

Dr. Kristin Caria, Naturopathic Doctor, is very

passionate about helping others achieve their optimal health, focusing primarily on family


ome of you promised yourselves to get healthy by eating right and getting fit. You have been strict in going to the gym and keeping your workout routines, but the results are not there. You may have more energy but shedding those extra pounds has slowed down or it is not happening at all. Here are some factors that affect our metabolism: hormones, diet, food sensitivities, fluid intake, physical activity level, and body composition.

medicine. Kristin is a member of the Ontario

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Drugless Therapy- Naturopathy in Ontario.

as a ‘sensitivity’ this can create inflammation in your body leading to weight gain. If you have noticed patterns of gas, bloating, headaches, or fatigue after eating certain foods, get tested and find out which foods are wrong for you! Not only are you what you eat but you also are what you drink. Water is the most

Research has shown that hormones play an important part in weight management. Yes, glucose and insulin are part of the picture but let’s not forget thyroid, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Low or high levels of these hormones play a major factor in maintaining healthy weight and muscle mass. So to have an idea of what your hormone levels are, get tested! Diet is also key to your success. Try to increase: good quality fats (fish or fish oil supplements, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocado), green leafy vegetables (green smoothies containing kale, spinach, celery, dandelion greens, wheatgrass, spirulina, parsley, cilantro, Swiss chard, or kelp are fantastic), spices such as cayenne pepper, cumin, and turmeric, and remember to eat more organic and local meats, fruits and vegetables. Are you eating the right foods for you? Researchers have observed that food sensitivities can affect the body in many ways. If you eat foods that your body identifies


abundant substance in the body - up to 70% so we need a substantial intake of water daily for optimal cellular function. Water is the medium in which all cellular reactions occur. Dehydration reduces cellular function reducing our overall energy. Unfortunately, most of us are having too many liquid calories like sodas, lattes, cappuccinos, and alcohol. Many of these beverages dehydrate the body. Get a body composition test done to find out how hydrated your body really Spalife Magazine Secrets 2012

is! In the meantime, try adding lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber slices to your water and include herbal teas such as Green, Fennel, Dandelion, Ginger, Peppermint, and Cinnamon. Body composition is your ratio of fat to lean muscle. According to the US National Institute of Health, body weight is not an accurate measure of body composition. Waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) are the best methods in assessing your body composition. BIA determines fat-to-lean ratio by utilizing modern electrical frequency science. Lean muscle tissue uses more calories to maintain itself than fatty tissue. Therefore, people who are more muscular (and have a lower percentage of body fat) tend to have a higher metabolism than those who are less muscular or who have a higher percentage of body fat. Also, people who are more active and exercise daily have a higher metabolism and burn more calories than someone who is sedentary. It is a high fat-to lean ratio that leads to numerous health risks. Unhealthy body composition is associated with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, low energy and high cholesterol. Whether you are overweight or of normal weight you should be aware of the impact body composition has on your health.

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Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario There is a secret ingredient to rejuvenation, waiting for you at Secret Garden Spa, in Niagara-on-the-

Lake. Come into the Victorian charm of the hotel,

where, in the original tea room, the spa has created an oasis of calm, inspired by the lovely elements of a Japanese garden. “It’s smaller and more

intimate,” says Kelly Exelby, Senior Manager of Spa Operations. Rest and renewal are the SpecialTEA,

at the Secret Garden. Here the treatments are infused with the healthful benefits of tea - green, white, and red. The abundant polyphenols provide a source

of anti-oxidants, that are so beneficial to the skin.

The tea-infused moisturizers are included in some pedicure, facial, and body wrap treatments, Kelly

explains. What a treat. “It smells so good,” she says, “I could eat it! Especially the Pineapple-Colada Tea Wrap – it’s yummy!”

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I believe the body can heal itself and while massages and hands-on therapies are quite effective, they are also expensive and costs can add up quickly. I recommend trying to do some simple exercises using your own body weight with techniques using a lacrosse ball to relieve pain and to let the affected area start to heal and get better. Judge how your body responds, as it will tell you. Sometimes you have to grin and bear it - It will hurt but the area will start to respond in a short amount of time. For many of us it took years to get in the state we are right now, so it will take time to undo. Be patient.

Why should you do it? It decreases pain, increases range of motion (ROM), improves our quality of movement, and helps us feel better. Cost? $2 - $5

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) is, simply, a way for you to accomplish soft tissue therapy and massage by yourself. We should all have the ability to care for OR prevent general aches and pains. Why a lacrosse ball? It allows you to massage areas with better accuracy. For example, when dealing with the upper back, this is very important. Often, we get a knot but have no idea how to target our efforts in relieving the pain, short of asking a possibly unwilling partner to massage it out for you. Don’t worry though, you don’t need them! Anyone who has performed SMR tech-


through the University of Guelph, as well as a certified Kettlebell instructor through Agatsu. He is the founder of the Guelph Kettlebell Club. For more information, visit

by Matthew Ratcliffe, CPT AKC

What do you need? A lacrosse ball

Matthew Ratcliffe is a certified personal trainer

niques knows how uncomfortable (at first), it can be. So when necessary, feel free to substitute the lacrosse ball for a tennis ball. Tennis balls are softer in comparison, allowing you to ease into SMR, but in the long run, less effective. When performing the techniques, a question of duration comes to mind. I typically have my clients spend around 1 – 2 minutes doing SMR on a specific area. The tightness of the muscle would determine how long you may need to spend massaging it.

Self-Myofascial Release: Area: Upper Back

Solutions for: Knots, general tightness

Technique: Pin the ball between your back and the wall and slowly move in a circular motion. Note: To increase the effectiveness, bring the arm across the body on the SAME side you are working on.

Special things to consider when practicing SMR:

1. Never, under any circumstances, roll the ball over a joint 2. Do not use SMR if you are injured. Always allow an injury to heal before facilitating SMR. 3. Never hold your breath!

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The Guilty Pleasures Package is the perfect girlfriend getaway, offering pampering and stress relief with no kids, no husbands and no distractions! Your Guilty Pleasures Package includes: Two or more nights’ accommodation; $45 credit per adult towards Endless Tapas; Mineral Pool Pass per adult; $55 credit per adult towards a treatment at the Grotto Spa; and, a bottle of wine in your guestroom. Please call for full package details 1-800-663-7373 or 250-248-1832 Parksville, British Columbia,

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Feel better for less than $5 Area: Chest

Solutions for: Internal shoulder rotation and poor posture Technique: Using a corner, place the ball against your chest. Slowly slide your body back and forth.

Area: Calves / Tibialis Anterior (Shins)

Solutions for: Common tightness due to overuse in running, or wearing shoes with an elevated heel.

Area: Quads / Hamstrings

Solutions for: Tightness in these areas can cause knee and hip pain Technique (Quads): Place the ball on the floor, and, while lying face down, against your leg. Press your leg against the ball, and move your leg allowing the ball to roll up and down. Technique (Hamstrings): Sitting on a chair, place the ball under your leg. Move your leg forward and back.

Technique (Calf): Put the ball on the floor and place your leg on top of it. Rock your body forward and backward pressing the ball against the calf.

Area: Wrist Extensors

Solutions for: Overuse in typing

Technique: Place the ball on the top of the forearm. Using one hand and starting at the top, roll the ball downward.

Note: Placing one leg on top of the other can intensify the technique. Technique (Tibialis Anterior): Using 2 hands, and starting at the top of the shin, press the ball against the leg and roll it downward.

Note: If needed, you can increase pressure by pressing your hands on top of your leg.


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By Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman


ou are what you eat, so the saying goes. Meaning of course, that the more healthful the diet, the healthier you’ll be. Lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, ancient grains, the list is growing with every new study. Decadence is a no-no, so forget the sugary somethings, the rich creamy anythings. But in my book, no decadence at all makes for lean, and mean.

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Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics and Hairstyling When you ask Amalia Ramirez of Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics and Hairstyling, what an aesthetics career college should offer its students, she doesn’t hesitate. She says, “The advanced training you need, and develop your competitive edge to succeed within today’s aesthetic industry.” And that is what Gina’s College offers. She says, “We promise an integrated program that is founded on academic excellence, hands-on training and personalized care.” It sounds like a lot, and it is! In a program based on both theory and practice, students gain that special balance of skills. “They spend significant time practicing their skills on clients in our student clinic,” Amalia explains. “This allows them to work on not only their ‘hard’ practical skills (ie manicures, facials), but to refine their ‘soft’ skills, such as customer service, and interpersonal skills.” Their impressive facilities ensure students are on the leading edge in the industry. “Our motto is ‘become a professional’,” says Amalia. And it shows. Graduates have impressive employment potential at the completion of the program. “We have strong industry ties,” she says. “Many contacts choose to hire only Gina’s graduates.” Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics and Hairstyling Waterloo, Ontario 519-886-2998 Mississauga, Ontario 905-602-8891



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Wait! Don’t despair: Spalife has discovered the hidden secret ingredient to the most healthful diet. It’s spa-ing of course. In search of the happiest medium, spas have taken the lovely self-indulgence of massage, manicure, pedicure, and more, and combined the best spa experience with the most healthful ingredients. From avocado to ginger, from mint to olive oil, take advantage of nourishing nature at its best while you’re easing into pampering relaxation. Next time you want to stick to your diet, try these spa specialties. Avocado has been the subject of much scrutiny. Enjoy the heart health benefits of avocado’s vitamins and minerals such as folate and potassium, nutrients including lutein and beta-carotene, while basking in the glow of healthy skin. Used as an ingredient, whether for your facial mask, lotion, or other skin creation, avocado is touted for its renewing properties. To fully realize all the benefits, come to the Waldorf Astoria Resort, The Boulders, near Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit the Golden Door Spa and while there, treat your skin to their Avocado Citrus Scrub. Experience the invigorating scrub followed by soothing application of warm citrus avocado oil. Mint, and specifically peppermint is a popular flavor, but is also famous for its healthful properties. Rich in vitamins A and C, minerals that include potassium and iron, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids. Already famous as a natural tea and stomach remedy, as well as a respiratory aid used in aromatherapy, there’s more to this healthy plant than the flavor of your favorite chewing gum. Peppermint oil used for its antiseptic properties for skin and hair refreshes and cleanses. To explore the full benefits come to Mint Laser and Skin Care in Toronto, Ontario. Enjoy their Mint Signature Facial, which includes a relaxing neck, shoulder and facial massage, with a mint and cucumber lotion to soothe and refresh your skin.

extract has been used centuries over for its anti-nausea effect, as well as a flavorful spice. Recently, studies have shown the properties of ginger, specifically its phytonutrients, gingerols, show promising anti-inflammatory effects, similar to non-steroidal antiinflammatories, or NSAIDs, used to ease the pain of arthritis. In Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, Holtz Spa will wrap you up in ginger, offering their Ginger Blossom Wrap: using their Ginger Fig moisturizing body masque, they will warm away your aches in the folds of plush linens, comfortable on a floatation bed. We all know how healthy it can be preparing a menu with olives, or cooking with olive oil because of the content of monounsaturated fat. Containing natural phenols, including flavonoids and lignans, olive oil has strong antioxidant properties. This makes olive oil and its other extracts a choice for soaps, and pharmaceutical and cosmetic topical treatments. Olive oil is said to heal skin, regenerating skin cells, as well as provide deep moisture to layers of the dermis. At Ten Spa at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, enjoy their traditional hamam experience, from the aromatic salt scrub, through the foot and scalp massage, followed by the olive oil soap scrub. Cleanse and rejuvenate, in the traditional Mediterranean style. As you can see, there’s a good reason why the list of spa treatments at your favorite spa is called a ‘menu’: for a diet rich in nutrients, as well as indulgence, try spa-ing for the perfect balance of secret ingredients.

Used to using ginger in your favorite curry? Ginger


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Leading Schools

for the Aesthetic and Spa Industry

International Academy of Esthetics

Achieve marketable skills at an affordable price: diploma programs in aesthetics and massage. Experience makes the difference. Sherwood Park, AB


This Private Career College has facilities in Waterloo, Ottawa and Mississauga. Programs in advanced Aesthetics , Hairstyling, Medical Aesthetics, laser and electrolysis, hot stone massage, manicure, pedicure, waxing, make-up artistry, gel and acrylic nails, spa management. International CIDESCO diploma offered. WATERLOO - (519) 886-2998 MISSISSAUGA - (905) 602-8891 OTTAWA - (613) 789-7875

MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy

Raise your massage to the next level! MH Vicars School lets you upgrade to a 2200-hour diploma without having to give up your practice! Locations in Edmonton and Calgary!

Ms. Lorea’s College of Esthetics & Nail Technology Inc.

Ms Lorea’s College offers the full 800 hour Esthetic Diploma as well as the full 450 hour Nail Technology Diploma program. The college is accredited with both Private Career Training Institutions Agency and the Better Business Bureau. Prince George, BC Tel: 250-561-9192

CDI College Massage Therapy Program Thanks to an increased demand for trained Massage Therapists, CDI College is offering additional start dates for the Massage Therapy diploma program at our Edmonton and Calgary campuses. For more details, call 1.888.226.8941 or visit

Canadian Beauty College


Hands-on-seminars and workshops for Estheticians and Spa Professionals.Glitz N Glamour Certification Nail Course, Everlash Certified Training Course - Eyelashes, Threading Course, Airbrushing and Body Painting, Hot Stone Massage, Nubar Nail Art & Special Effects Certification Mississauga, ON Tel: 800-862-1447 or 905-625-8460

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For the Tea: 2 quarts water (16 cups) 5 bags green tea and two bags lemon tea For the Simple Syrup: 1/2 to a 1 cup sugar or maple syrup, to taste 1 cup water


In a large pot, bring 16 cups of water to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Cover with lid and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. While steeping make the simple syrup. To make the simple syrup, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a separate pan. Stir the sugar into the water and bring to a boil until the sugar has completely dissolved in the water. Let cook and the mixture should thicken. Add the sugar mixture to the tea and combine slowly and taste as you go for preference on sweetness. Makes 2 quarts of iced tea Store the mixture in the fridge, perfect for a large container with spout. Decorate with limes and lemons and serve cold over ice!


If you would prefer not to sweeten your iced tea with sugar and would prefer to make it lower in sugar or sugar-free, you can try sweetening your tea with agave syrup or you can purchase sugarfree syrup.


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Is your Spa offering the Angelite IPL System?

Consider your next treatment for

hair removal, vascular and photo-rejuvenation, skin toning and tightening Angelite IPL System is

• Internationally Recognized Approvals • Medical Devices Canada, CSA, FDA, UL • Make sure the equipment you buy is serviced in Canada by a Canadian service organization! • Most US based manufacturers, service from the US only and have no local service support • Service from USA can be VERY EXPENSIVE and create SIGNIFICANT DOWN TIME. • Full Canadian Service in Fernanda’s Beauty & Spa Supplies & all of Canada Fax: 905.625.8708 Tel: 1.800.862.1447 or 905.625.8460 SpalifeDrive, Magazine Secrets 2012 1225 Aerowood Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1B9


By Mary Hughes

The luxury suite at Inn at Laurel Point


A visit to three British Columbia Resorts that offer spa treatments share why they didn’t build a spa nn at Laurel Point is a 200 room hotel in the heart of Victoria British Columbia, situated right on the bay, and offers one of the best views of the inner harbor.

After arriving late at night from Ontario, I was shown to my suite in the Arthur Erickson Wing. (He was a famous Canadian Architect who designed the hotel’s expansion in 1989.) Even Arthur would have to agree, by today’s standards and 23 years later my suite was still drop dead gorgeous! I felt a little millionaire-like. I sat and enjoyed the sweets that were waiting for me with a lovely cup of tea, while gazing at the twinkling lights reflecting off the water of the bay. Believe me, it just got better. The inn offers in-room spa services, which range from pedicures, to manicures to couples’ side-by-side massages. It is a limited but concise menu that travelers find very effective, Avril Matthews Director of Marketing and Sales for Inn at Laurel Point, tells me. “Our guests like this selection to choose from – they’re looking for relaxing treatments,” she says. “We partnered with


D’Lo Mobile Spa and they facilitate all our spa requests.” With the inn being full capacity with rooms, restaurant, outdoor areas, building a spa would have been impossible. “Most of our rooms are large enough to offer treatments, and guests really like the convenience of not going anywhere. Guests book their stays and spa treatments here with us and we look after the rest,” says Avril. That is so true! I enjoyed a massage by owner Diana Lopez of D’Lo Spa, while in my suite. It was a real treat: I was really relaxed and probably more so that I didn’t have to leave my lovely suite. After my wonderful massage I even had a nap! A true testament to a good spa experience! Inn at Laurel Point Victoria, British Columbia 250-386-8721 / 800-663-7667 D’Lo Mobile Spa 250-589-7628

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Editor’s note:

A visit to downtown Victoria to browse the shops is a must while in town. Here are my top two popular breakfast spots: Lady Marmalade and The Blue Fox. For lunch don’t miss AURA Restaurant, located in the Inn at Laurel Point and there are two items on the menu you cannot overlook: the Smoked Albacore Tuna Sandwich and the Dungeness Crab Cake Moco. Delicious would be an understatement! To the west of Victoria, just past Sooke, you will discover a diamond among the rough coastline, Point No Point Resort. It is a 25-cabin, self-keeping style, resort that overlooks the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. The cabins are wonderfully appointed, completely private, most with wood burning fireplaces or stoves, and some are even petfriendly. A perfect destination for those looking to truly escape – believe it or not there is no internet here, so the boss will never find you! Be sure to check out the Bridge House accommodation. (It is an entire house that you can rent.)

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

An oceanview spa treatment at Sooke Harbour House

The property offers in-room spa treatments, too, with an extensive menu. Partnering with Le Sooke Spa, brings luxury pampering home, when you book your stay. Point No Point Resort 250-646-2020 Twenty minutes down the road, Sooke Harbour House, a 28-room country inn, has been welcoming guests for over 30 years. Owners Sinclair and Frederique Philip have had a very successful career, not only operating one of the country’s leading country inns but also one of the leading restaurants in North America. Their many accolades include Wine Spectator and the prestigious Governor General Award.

Sooke Harbour House and Point No Point Resort. Owner Michelle Glanfield-Bohn says that spa-ing has really changed in the past decade. “Ten years ago spa was new and exciting for many people and they bought services and never worried about pricing or anything. Now, people are more selective on what they spend their money on and they want more for less,” she says. So, as Michelle explained, the ‘more’ part is to offer deluxe decadence by combining a beautiful country inn like Sooke Harbour House with in-room spa treatments. “Guests have been coming here for years and spa is just one more component of our high level of service,” explained owner Sinclair Philip.

The inn offers a spa menu with many choices. Le Sooke Spa caters exclusively to

So I ask the question: ‘An afternoon in a beautiful suite with a fireplace that overlooks the pacific west coast, (where I think I need to pinch myself), I am having the most heavenly of all treatments – tell me where I can get anything better? I lay on a cushy spa bed and have a body scrub, then soak on the balcony in an outdoor tub full of warm water. I am then led back to my suite and have further decadence: a facial and mas-

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The inn overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is a perfect vista for spa-ing. The rooms and suites are beautifully appointed and very spacious, a perfect oasis for in-room spa treatments. Many of the suites offer an outdoor bathtub on the balcony, a favorite for a soak while gazing out to the water.

sage using Sea Flora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare products - believe me it doesn’t get any better than this does it? Well actually… it did… After my treatment and some relaxation, later, I got dressed for an incredible five course tasting and wine pairings dinner. The dining room of the Sooke Harbour House overlooked the ocean at sunset. Each course was presented by Chef Robyn Jackson who proudly features locally inspired cuisine, with ingredients grown on the site, as well as offering British Columbia wine pairings. All this, delicious, relaxing and truly doable - just a flight or drive away, amazing really. Sooke Harbour House 250-642-3421/800-889-9688 Sooke, British Columbia Le Sooke Spa Sooke, British Columbia 250-642-7995/866-733-5293 For more information about British Columbia please visit



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Spa Industry Association of Canada Canada’s only national spa association

2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the Spa Industry Association of Canada. Our member association is dedicated to promoting quality spa experiences for all spa-going consumers. Many years of hard work by devoted members has resulted in the creation of standards and practices, which all members pledge to uphold. The Spa Industry Association of Canada is recognized globally for the development and implementation of the first-ever Quality Assurance Program. Visit to learn more about our member association and the Quality Assurance program.

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Spa-Marketplace Advanced Spa Technologies

Grow your Business, Empower your Staff… Changing the way you Change your Business. Distributors of Dr. D. Schwab, Kerstin Florian, Primavera Organics and Touché. Learn to Stand Out with a 5 Star Spa Experience! Online education, consulting/coaching. Contact: DeeAnn Lensen Tel: 604-916-8354

DK Beauty Systems

DK Beauty Systems has been a trusted supplier of professional beauty products since 1999. We are located in Calgary, Alberta with online shopping 24/7 Canada-wide Tel: 403-294-9002 or 1-866-994-9002

Little Luxuries of Virginia

A small enterprise based in rural Virginia. We offer elegant amenities of hand engraved soaps and custom signature fragrances to the small upscale B&B. Quinton, VA USA

Tel: 804-678-9900

Merchant Processing

Tom Weiskotten has been in the credit card processing business for 14+ years and he specializes in the lodging business. Get great rates and service. Hundreds of Inns and B&Bs across the country utilize his services and they receive low rates and excellent personal service as well as a 24/7/365 toll free help desk. Tel: 518-963-7272

Sealy Canada Ltd.

Supplier of the finest mattresses to the Hotel industry Now available for B&B’s- owners can purchase Sealy products – small orders welcomed. You and your guests will enjoy a perfect night’s sleep on our signature products. Call for wholesale pricing. Toll free Canada 800-268-4414 request our hotel division

Empowered Inside Out

Professional Empowerment Coaching from the Inside Out. Don’t just get through your life, CREATE IT through one on one and group programs. DeeAnn Lensen is a well known spa consultant and distributor of major spa brands, she is coach to spa owners/ operators plus the keynote speaker at empowering seminars for the public. Her 16 years in the spa industry are enhanced by six years of training to be a successful coach. DeeAnn Lensen 604-916-8354

Softub Canada

Softub, Canada’s Truly Portable Hot Tub Lightweight (only 22kgs), portable, sets up in just minutes. Plugs into 110V. Indoors or out, year round. Costs as little as $5-$8/month. Discount pricing for Inns and B&Bs. 967 Falconbridge Rd., Sudbury, ON Tel: 800-668-8827 or 705-525-6155


A premier wholesale beauty distributor for over 30 years. Exclusive distributors of RVB, SwissMed, Naturmed, CND authorized distributor, plus numerous cosmetics, furniture, equipment, and accessories. Advanced certificate seminars. Mississauga, Ottawa, Waterloo or shop online at Tel: 800-263-4333

Pink Wipes

These single use wipes offer a quick way to freshen up before spa appointments. Their natural ingredient profile has made them a must-have before waxing! Paraben Free. 100% Vegan.

Ella’s Botanicals

Tel: 416-588-2069


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Natural, eco friendly body care formulated to nourish the body and awaken the senses, keeping in mind the impact we have on our planet.

Marketplace Profiles

Ella’s Botanicals “My inspiration has always come from my love of scents, and the amazing properties of herbs and essentials oils,” says Ella Nunes. After studying herbal medicine and aromatherapy, it seemed a natural next step to develop her own product line. “I tried making cold process soap and fell in love with it! The endless possibilities, and the way real handmade soap feels on the skin is amazing!” Ella’s Botanicals provides natural body care. As she will tell you, “Hand made in small batches to ensure quality, products are lovingly mixed and poured into containers. All of our products are made with love.” Her line includes soap, body care lotions and salves, and ointments or bath soap and shampoos for baby.

Sourcing ingredients that are locally Canadian, and imported organic and fair trade, Ella has been creating natural, hand-made products for over ten years. A Herbalist, and Aromatherapist, she understands the importance of using ingredients that both nourish the body and awaken the senses – a careful balance of the fun and therapeutic. “I love making products with simple, natural ingredients that smell divine and feel amazing,” Ella says. Ella’s Botanicals is all about wellness, for her clients, and the planet. “Our products are biodegradable,” she says, “and we use minimal, recycled packaging. Our products are free of sodium lauryl sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and mineral oil.” Plus her products are suitable for most people with sensitive skin. The secret of her success? Ask her, and Ella will tell you, “I wanted to develop a product line so I could share my passion with people one day.” It’s natural, hand made body care. Ella’s Botanicals 416-588-2069

Intercosmetics What do you need to help your spa business thrive? Since 1970, Intercosmetics has supplied the professionals with quality products, and excellent service, and advanced education. The exclusive distributor of European skin care lines RVB, SwissMed and Naturmed, Intercosmetics is also the authorized distributor of CND, Skin Accents, Footlogix, Gehwol, Fake Bake, Biotone, and more. From furniture and sophisticated equipment, to cosmetics and miscellaneous supplies, Intercosmetics has everything you need to run a successful spa business. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, knowledgeable staff can help you pick the right products for your needs. Education is the key to success in the beauty industry, and Intercosmetics’ Spa Technology Institute features certificate seminars that have been developed to provide you with tools to revitalize treatments and close those all-important retail sales. Popular topics include Medical Grade Peels, IPL seminars, spa management, Shellac Attack, and the Mother-to-Be treatment and massage. Shop online at your convenience with the new, improved online webstore at Receive the Intercosmetics monthly newsletter to stay on top of trends, take advantage of specials, and schedule your staff development. Take advantage of the best, to keep your spa business at its best. Intercosmetics Toronto/Missisauga 800-263-4333 / 905-238-1485 Ottawa 800-463-3774 / 613-789-9292 Waterloo 519-885-2603

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Summer – July 1 - August 31st 2012. By Kelly Surtees



Relationships are in focus until late August, so plan extra quality time with your partner or close friends. Balance is key to wellness then, so ensure you schedule exercise, work and unwind time. You hit your peak through September as an intense influence helps you focus on making lasting changes. A detox is ideal to jump start a health kick then.


With beauty goddess Venus in your sign between August 8 – September you’re in the mood for pampering and indulgences. Splurge on a decadent meal out or plan a girls’ getaway at a luxurious spa retreat. Relaxation and pleasure are key. Extra rest is needed under Jupiter’s influence so consider replacing intense workouts with inspired movements, like yoga, Pilates or dance.


Second chances are possible in July, at work and in love. You’ll also want to revisit your favorite workout routines and beauty rituals, as sticking with what you know is ideal. Food and eating habits are highlighted between August 8 – September 7 so consider a health overhaul then. Support soothing digestion with ginger tea, lemon juice and lots of fresh fruit and veg.

With the Sun in your sign July 22 – August 23 you’re ready to shine. You’ve got confidence and plenty of charm so boldly promote your talents. September has a food focus for you so clear kitchen clutter and stock up on fresh, organic foods. Venus puts you in the mood for love and pampering late September, so plan a special spa day then.

Your ruling planet is unusually settled through July and August, encouraging a fixed approach to routines. Heart health is highlighted so focus on regular cardio for enhanced vitality. Lean meats and leafy greens (for iron) are ideal to boost energy. You’re super organized and focussed on wellbeing details between September 2 – 17. Cut back sugar and focus on simple foods. Experiment with DIY beauty.

Rest and relaxation is needed until August 23. A spiritual getaway is ideal, but simply doing less is enough. From late August the Sun inspires you. You’ll take charge to create progress on pet projects then. Splurge on a mani/pedi and make time to write your dreams down. A communication influence in September suggests it’s a great time to study.



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You’re fired up and full of energy under Mars’ influence in July and August. Amp up your workout routines as you’ll love high intensity training now. Think boxing or fast paced cardio – anything to let your warrior spirit out. Second chances in July help you confirm study and/or travel plans for the future. New social connections are likely under Venus’ touch in September.

Mars helps you put in the effort necessary to get ahead at work through July. Relationships are in focus under the influence of Venus between August 8 and September 6. Single? It’s a great time to meet someone special. Attached? Prioritize quality time. Under Saturn’s influence, keep your body in balance with plenty of fresh water and by cutting back on sugar.


Energy levels are low until late August so give yourself permission to unwind. Step back from social, family or work commitments where you can. Gentle, regular exercise is best, as you focus on creating life balance. Mars drives into your sign on August 24, and you get your mojo back. Plan a new workout and wellness routine for September, when enthusiasm is high.


A social influence in July supports quality time with friends and suggests group workouts appeal. An adventurous energy in August inspires travel and outdoor challenges. Career influences in September help you get ahead professionally. A new work cycle starts under the New Moon on September 16, which is a great time to seek a promotion or look for new work.


Health and wellbeing are highlighted in July. Soothing workouts, like yoga, stretching or swimming, that help balance the mind as well as the body, are ideal. You’ll reassess relationships under an extended Mercury influence in July and August. Communication is key to togetherness then so make the effort to talk – and listen. Career goals benefit from the influence of Mars in September.


An extended visit from Mercury through your health, wellness and routine sector, in July and August, helps you reassess what’s working and what’s not. Experiment with alternatives and make revisions to your workout and wellbeing routines based on where you are now. Consistency is key. New beginnings are possible in relationships under the New Moon on September 15.

By Kelly Surtees Kelly specializes in using astrological cycles to help time your life. Kelly’s astrology is informative, insightful and easy to understand as she combines solid soul insights with ancient techniques.

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Nouveau Contour Antique Purple - SemiPermanent Liner, $19.99 Nouveau Contour uses only the best pigments available. All pigments are evaluated on chemical composition, crystal form, color intensity and purity.

Rinse Bath and Body Handmade Soap, $6.95 Every soap made by Rinse is as natural as you can get and offers some of the most delectable fragrances. With only the best ingredients. Handmade soap is retains its glycerin, that attracts moisture to the skin.

Alyria – Firming Eye Cream 15g $ 60.00 Alyria’s new Firming Eye Cream has been specially formulated to target this distinct area’s elasticity and firmness. Available exclusively at doctors’ offices, August 2012.

Jane Iredale NEW, improved Zap&Hide™ Blemish Concealer $30.00 Camouflages blemishes and makes them disappear, even prevents postbreakout redness and discoloration. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, its new water-based formula allows for rapid, effective delivery and improved coverage.


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Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF® Dry Sunscreen $45.50 There really isn’t anything more important than protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Powder-Me SPF is a breakthrough dry sunscreen for face and body with a very water resistant rating and UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection Available in three shades, including new Golden!

Fruits and Passion Pomelo Granite Foaming Bath 125mL $16.00 Enriched with 7 fruit extracts, it makes a rich, and luxurious foam that smells wonderful and leaves behind a delicate yet radiant fragrance on your skin.

Lotus Moon Organics – Facial Moisturizer for healthy aging 100mL $ 42.00 Infused with healing organic essential oils, this cream is rich in anti-oxidants and is moisturizing, nourishing and protective, leaving the skin well hydrated and rejuvenated.

Sea Flora – Sea Therapy Refining Facial Polish 50 mL $ 54.00 This seaweed anti-aging refining facial polish improves skin’s clarity for radiant, younger looking complexion. Wild Seaweed replenishes skin, while certified organic ocean mud is the perfect sphere to polish and gently exfoliate impurities.

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Southern Alberta Alberta Massage and Spa

A premier spa located in The Medicine Hat Lodge. Seven treatment rooms provide our massage and aesthetic services. Eight pedicure/ manicure chairs accommodate group bookings, and weddings. Our goal is to provide you with the most rejuvenating experience for your mind, body and spirit. Medicine Hat, AB Tel: 866-580-3334 or 403-580-3334 3/12

Enter the tranquil and inviting oasis of the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Pamper yourself at the heart of the 38,000 sq ft spa in the therapeutic mineral pool offering 3 cascading waterfall pools while gazing at the Rocky Mountain peaks. Escape to Willow Stream. Book your spa get-away today!

Alberta Edmonton

Alberta Rockies



Vancouver Coastal Mountains

Manitoba Parkland


Clear Lake, MB Tel: 866-ELKHORN (355-4676) 3/12

is a sanctuary where cascading waterfalls plunge into pools, eucalyptus infuses your senses and steam room and saunas provide warmth. Our European mineral salts enrich our waters creating a natural energy boost along with a sense of renewal. Tel: 1.800.404.1772 4/12

Nova Scotia Evangeline Trail


Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa Digby, NS Tel: 902-245-2511 or 800-667-4637


Cape Breton Trails Keltic Lodge

Ingonish Beach, NS Tel: 902-285-2880 or 800-565-0444

Dolce Bella Spa Kingston, ON Tel: 613-544-1166 or 877-424-4417


The Spa Day Retreat Kanata, ON Tel: 613-836-5913



1950 Montreal Road Cornwall, ON Tel: 1-866-243-9193


The Briars Jackson’s Point , ON Tel: 800-465-2376 or 905-722-9698


Greater Toronto Area

The Follicle Burlington’s Spa Burlington. ON Tel: 905-681-0277


Southwestern Ontario Elmwood Spa

Toronto, ON Tel: 416-977-6751 or 1-877-284-6348 4/11

Solstice Spa at the Elkhorn Resort

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs


Courtenay, BC Tel: 877-703-4770 or 250-703-4770

Chilliwack, BC Tel: 604-847-0535

Soul SPAcce

Jasper, AB Tel: 780-883-0348

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Gentebella Salon & Spa

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K’ur Salon and Spa

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Montebello, QC Tel: 819-423-3099 or 866-540-4462

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Would you like to feel more confident and beautiful? At Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre, the best of art and science come together. Advanced surgical techniques are combined with tasteful creativity, to create the results you want. Dr. Stephen Brown and his experienced Briarwood team provide you with a comfortable and informative environment. Spalife Magazine Secrets 2012 Call 905-849-4282 ext. 408


Seared scallops with organic quinoa, soy-truffle emulsion, and shaved pear of Clara’s Dining Room at Claramount Inn & Spa Chef de Cuisine, Elliot Reynolds Overlooking Picton Harbour in historic Prince Edward County, the Claramount is a lovely colonial revival mansion. Luxury accommodation, stellar dining, and spa services combine for a complete getaway. With, naturally, only the best food! Try this signature dish, following your unique Hawaiin Lomi massage.

Scallops: Ingredients:

2 U10 scallops Salt, kosher, to taste 2 tbsp Canola oil, for searing


Heat a small pan to medium-high heat, ladle 2 tbsp. of canola into pan, season scallops with kosher salt, when pan starts to smoke, place scallops in pan and sear for 2 minutes on one side or until there is a deep golden brown crust on the flesh, remove from heat and flip scallops finishing them on the other side for 30 seconds.





1 cup, Quinoa 2 cups, water 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp salt 1/4 cup, chopped herbs 1 tbsp, lemon zest 1/2 tsp ground pepper


Bring water to a boil with olive oil and salt, pour quinoa in, and stir occasionally. Cook for 15 minutes, take off heat, and strain. Cool down in a container or rinse with cold water. Finish with chopped herbs, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Soy-truffle emulsion:

Combine Dijon, sherry vinegar, soy sauce, and honey. Blend with a stick hand held blender, to start the emulsion, and slowly add canola oil until it is thick and sauce-like consistency. Finish with olive oil, truffle oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Garnish: To finish, julienne a Âź pear, and set aside. Chives, and any sprouts, or micro greens work well to finish off the presentation. To Finish: Sear scallops and set aside. Lay down on a large white plate 2-3 tbsp of quinoa in a central location on the plate, place scallops on quinoa, spoon the soy truffle emulsion around the quinoa, and garnish with shaved pear, and your choice micro greens, chives or sprouts, Enjoy!!!


1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 cup sherry vinegar 1/4 cup canola oil 3 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp truffle oil Salt to taste Pepper to taste Spalife Magazine Secrets 2012

Soya Milk Ice Cream of Viceroy in Anguilla (courtesy of Resort to the Best) Pastry Chef Jean L’Etang This tropical paradise overlooking Meads Bay on the island of Anguilla offers temptations galore. But basking in sun and sand doesn’t have to be entirely decadent. Try this variation on a sweet theme, courtesy Executive Pastry Chef Jean L’Etang. Jean was born in Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, and found his love of pastry while working in a tea shop, after graduating secondary school. During his training, Jean found himself working with some amazing mentors, particularly Chef Richard Ekkebus.

Soya Milk Ice Cream Ingredients: Soya milk Heavy cream Sugar Egg yolks

500 ml (17 oz) 350 ml (12 oz) 150 gr (1/3 lb) 12 each


Place soya milk and cream in a sauce pan and bring to boil on medium heat. Mix egg yolks and sugar in a bowl for 3 minutes. Add milk and cream mixture to egg yolks and mix a little. Return mixture to sauce pan and stir with a spatula. Cook for a few minutes until mixture coats the spatula. Strain mixture into a stainless steel bowl and place in ice water bath and leave to cool. Mix mixture in an ice cream machine. Place ice cream in a container and keep in freezer until ready to serve.

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Tofu Antipasto Serves 6


1/3 cup black olives, pitted 1 cup mushrooms, quartered 1 cup celery, cut in large dice 1 ½ cups tomato, cut in large dice 1 red pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 ½ cups regular tofu, diced 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 ½ tsp dried oregano 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste


Combine vegetables and tofu in a large mixing or salad bowl. Add the rest of ingredients and mix gently to combine. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add seasoning and serve.


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Tofu Hot Wok Stir Fry of The Spa at White Oaks Lovely Niagara-On-the-Lake offers so many choices. The Spa at White Oaks is among the largest facilities in Ontario, with 17 treatment rooms, and a treatment selection to match. Add a touch of the gourmet, and you have the combination that will certainly achieve their goal, the three Rs that lead to an invigorating spa experience, Rejuvenate, Revitalize, Refresh. David Cottingham is the Executive Sous Chef of Liv Restaurant at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa where he joined the team in 2003. Along with Executive Chef Michael Price and the amazing culinary team at White Oaks, David has had the opportunity to fuel the fires of his passion. Blending global inspirations with the contemporary classics that have been the blueprint of Liv Restaurant’s culinary adventure.

Tofu Hot Wok Stir Fry Ingredients:

David Cottingham is the Executive Sous Chef of Liv Restaurant at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa

and the vegetables starting with the carrots, onion, peppers and celery. Add as much of the sauce as you like, and then the broccoli. Cover stir-fry to steam your broccoli. At this point, add the miki noodles and the tofu. Keep cooking until noodles are warm. Finish the dish by adding the edamame. Serve with rice. Serves up to 4 people.


1 carrot sliced on a bias red or white onion julienne 2 ribs of celery cut on a bias red pepper julienne yellow pepper julienne broccoli crown cut in florets 2 oz marinated extra firm tofu 1 oz edamame 4 oz fried miki noodles

Stir Fry Sauce

1 clove garlic chopped 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger 2 oz soya sauce 1 oz teriyaki sauce 1 tsp honey 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp corn starch Finish with 1 tsp chopped cilantro


Begin by making the sauce for the stir-fry. Then cut the tofu into 1 inch square pieces. Use some of your sauce to flavor (marinate) the tofu and set aside. In a hot pan, combine sesame oil (or vegetable),

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Spa Life - Secrets 2012  

Indulge yourself in the decadent world of Spa Life Magazine, which was established in 2000. Featuring Canadian spas and spas in the northern...