Canada Health & Beauty
430 Adelaide St W., Downtown
A significant chunk of the thrill of travel is experiencing those routines integral to daily life—the coffee, the commute, the workout—somewhere else. Toronto’s Hoame is a meditation studio that will make you feel like a local—or certainly wish you were. The grey-and-blush-hued space has a way of making you want to exhale, which is a nice bonus in a wellness center. There are two meditation studios (one light, one dark), an infrared sauna (pretty dreamy after a flight), and a Himalayan salt cave. Yes: cave. The place is set up to feel a lot like the Zen, cozy home of a minimalist-leaning friend. Classes end with a shot of a delicious elixir and a stack of warm towels (or cold ones, if you prefer). Afterward, head to the L-shaped sofas—they’re cozy and inviting and perfect for relaxing in front of a roaring fire. Hoame’s founders have thought of everything to make their clients feel utterly cared for; a session here is at the top of our Toronto to-do list, every time we touch down.
2050 W. 4th Ave., Kitsilano
This on-the-go vitamin shot bar brings their menu of B12 injections to your office/home/party. In addition to the Bs, Fig’s vitamin cocktails include hero ingredients like glutathione, biotin, and magnesium. Just book ten-plus shots (your friends will thank you), and Fig will show up at your door and take care of the rest. Stay tuned: We hear the company is planning to open a skincare venture in Vancouver soon.
Zoey Shamai discovered kombucha tea while teaching yoga abroad. She founded Tonica to introduce the powers of fermented kombucha to Canadians, and thankfully, they (and we) love it. Try the green tea tonica if you’re feeling a mid-afternoon slump coming on, or the spicy ginger if you’re looking for a sub for your post-lunch espresso.
Husband and wife duo Simon and Mary-Jane Ginsburg were the original founders of Ice Age Glacier water, going on to create coconut-centered Blue Monkey.
1727 Fir St., Kitsilano
Family therapist Michele Kambolis focuses on mind-body medicine, utilizing meditation and biofeedback as a way to treat struggles that primarily affect mothers and children. Her sessions are conducted via video chat, allowing for ultimate ease as you build a foundation of strong mind-body health—all from the comfort of your home.
Theda’s soft voice can soothe you to sleep. And that should come as a surprise to no one: as a singer-songwriter, Theda focuses on sound healing to promote relaxation and meditation. She utilizes crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, ocean drums, and Shamanic vocal toning (a heavenly combination) to create an ethereal soundscape that pacifies both body and soul.
Shama has been a body work therapist for more than a decade. Her private practice is located in Empower Health Clinic, where she helps patients navigate various stress-related conditions through breathwork and meditative therapies. Her specialties include diamond breath therapies and counseling sessions centered around somatic touch, biodynamics, and mindfulness.
Edgewood Health Network
2121 Boxwood Rd., Nanaimo
Edgewood Health Network incorporates evidence-based cognitive behavioral and dialectal behavioral therapies into its approach to treat people suffering from eating disorders and addiction. A team of physicians, nutritionists, and psychiatrists works with each person to create an individualized plan that treats the whole self, supplementing a clinical approach with yoga and other mindfulness-based wellness treatments. There are three inpatient campuses—in Toronto, Montreal, and Nanaimo—and various outpatient clinics across Canada.
The Kyla Fox Centre
174 Bedford Rd., Yorkville
Licensed social worker Kyla Fox founded her outpatient center in 2012 after struggling with anorexia and exercise addiction. The program offers an autonomous experience, which means clients' recovery work is done mostly one-on-one with the center's doctors, therapists, and nutritionists rather than in group settings with other clients. The staff takes into consideration each person's life circumstances, responsibilities, and other life factors to design a custom plan that incorporates holistic healing (i.e., art therapy, yoga, acupuncture, Reiki) and clinical therapy. There is currently no waitlist for the center and they treat children and adults. The center also offers a wellness program specifically for women, as well as individual, family, and couples therapy.
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