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1. Holtz Spa, Ottawa
Hide from the throngs of tourists in Ottawa discovering the nation’s capital by stepping into the Zen atmosphere of the organic spa, Holtz Spa. Book one of their many organic treatments including their signature Holts Ayurvedic facial. Your skin expert will determine your dosha and then using organic skincare will cleanse, extract and gently work into your skin products designed to improve your skin at a cellular level. A mask (either detoxifying, stimulating or soothing—depending on what your ski n needs) while your feet get pampered with an Indian Balancing Foot Massage. Finally, an Ayervedic facial massage, Marma energy point therapy and breath work completes your visit, leaving you feeling balanced and as though you’ve taken a few years off your age.
2. Cocoa Organic Spa, Nova Scotia
Prepare to release all of that tension you store in your back at Cocoa Organic Spa in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The airy, white space organic spa is soothing all on its own (not that the tranquil Bay is hard on the eyes) and the treatment, which starts with a gentle exfoliation followed by an organic masque will get your in-need-of-some TLC back petal soft. Next, imagine something as comforting as a hug from a loved one—that’s what the massage with warm basalt stones will feel like.
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3. Grotto Spa, British Columbia
Although your spa treatment may only last just over an hour, you’ll want to clear your day’s schedule when you make a visit to Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville, B.C. The expansive spa features a 2,500 warm water pool containing natural minerals that help detox the body, which is available to all spa guests. Treatment-wise, the Biodynamic facial features Eminence Organics products and it’s ideal for you if you tend to shy away from facials because your skin tends to react. In this facial, the natural, organic ingredients used are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.
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4. Mountain Wellness Day Spa, Alberta
If the fresh air and the Rocky Mountains in Jasper aren’t enough to get you to let go of your stress, then a visit to Mountain Wellness Day Spa at the Sawridge Inn will do the trick. You can say sayonara to the dullness of your complexion if you book an organic micro abrasion facial – this deep cleansing facial is a must for a glow-getter. Don’t leave the spa empty-handed, though—the hand-blended organic scrubs, oils and massage oils, created by spa owner and aromatherapist Kirsten Boisvert, are a simple way to keep that blissful spa feeling going once you return home.
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5. Espace Nomad, Montreal
Once you’ve eaten like a queen and shopped til you dropped in the Plateau district in Montreal, you’ll be ever so grateful to take your exhausted self to Espace Nomad. This gem is like an oasis in the middle of the very busy Boulevard Saint-Laurent. Here, you need not stress about toxic chemicals when you get your nails done. Incorporating products such as candlenut cream, coffee exfoliant , and jasmine and rice cream, along with Spa Ritual natural polishes, the natural Espace Nomad manis and pedis may set that bar so high that you’ll find yourself unable to get a conventional one ever again.
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6. Pure and Simple, Toronto
Many beauty insiders in the T-Dot take their overworked and tired skin to Pure and Simple to get it balanced and glowing once again for their non-stop schedules of events and appearances. The Urban Renewal facial is a favourite as it addresses both dreaded redness and dehydration (those glasses of champagne do catch up to you, after all). And who wouldn’t a scalp, hand and foot massage, which you receive as the natural masques are working their hydrating and balancing magic on your face.
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