Massage: The Good, The Bad, and The Funky

By Heather West I remember my first massage vividly. It was almost 20 years ago. I was in the midst of planning a conference and my CEO at the time could see the stress building. She asked if I’d ever had a massage and when she found out I...

Up All Night: Club D’Elite Spa Review

By Kelly Townsend Club D’Elite has several charms. The tropical decor, complete with palm trees and a clear blue sky overhead in the lounge area, immediately instilled a feeling of relaxation and comfort. When my colleague and I visited the spa in November, we felt immediately transported stepping into...

Nominations Now Open for 2016 Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards

  Awards program continues to celebrate best of Canadian spa industry Monday, September 19, 2016 – Spa Inc. magazine, in partnership with the Spa Industry Association of Canada (SIAC), is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2016 Canadian Spa and Wellness Awards. The annual spa awards program...

The Colour Wheel

Our Summer 2016 issue is all about beauty. In her piece on oncology esthetics, Morag Currin gives estheticians working with clients undergoing cancer treatment advise about using the colour wheel to find the best palette to suit their client. Whether you’re an esthetician or spa therapist helping a client look...

Not Your Grandma’s Permanent Makeup

Tina Davies is the owner and founder of Natural Effects Permanent Makeup in Toronto. I spoke to her about her microblading practice and the special tools she’s designed for it: What is microblading? Microblading is the newest hottest trend in permanent makeup. It’s really natural eyebrows that last for...

Test Divas: Lip Lock

By Hermione Wilson I used to think wearing lipstick required a sacrifice. You could have this bold, beautiful lip colour but in order to have that you had to accept the fact that your lips would feel dry and cracked the whole time, and have to refresh your lipstick every...

A Skin Care Convert

By Kelly Townsend First, a confession: I’m utterly clueless when it comes to skin care and beauty regimes. If you’d asked me a week ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about what exfoliating your skin does, or what skin toner even is. It hadn’t been much...

A Spa In The Country

By Hermione Wilson When I headed to Ste. Anne’s Spa on a Thursday morning, my mind was preoccupied with the work I was leaving behind at the office. It helped that the drive up was smooth and relatively traffic free. It was clear from the moment I neared Ste....

My First Time

By Hermione Wilson I discovered something about myself during my first ever visit to a spa: I don’t relax very well. There I was, getting an amazing double massage with my mother at Toronto’s Spa InterContinental and I was worrying about where to put my hands. Should I keep them tucked under...

Test Divas: Summer Scents

By Hermione Wilson As summer draws to a close (sad, I know) we’re looking back to the delightfully fragrant spa products that gave our noses the most pleasure this season: Make Scents Make Scents sent us a handmade body scrub and body butter from their Garden of Eden collection. The...