Life can be stressful. We can all feel a little overwhelmed from time to time, and we could all use more time to ourselves. Treating yourself to a spa day is a sure fire way to melt away that tension. The trouble is, who has the time to spend hours in a spa? And, many modern spas use products that can contain harsh chemicals which you may not want on your skin. When you choose Alma Natural Spa (2105 Yonge Street) you can rest assured that you’re going to enjoy a non-toxic and eco-friendly experience. Their handmade, all-natural lotions, oils and scrubs will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, without any unpleasant artificial aromas, strong fumes or unnecessary chemicals.
Alma opened in 2011. Katie, the founder, wanted to create a spa space where people didn’t have to worry about what products were being used and what fumes they may be breathing. She wanted to create a place where busy people could get the services they wanted, in less time, in an unpretentious, non-toxic atmosphere. In the founder’s own words:
One day it hit me that there had to be a better way to provide everyone their own 45 minute oasis in a way that was safe, non-toxic, relaxing, unpretentious, fun, with great customer service.
Katie sold the spa in 2016 to a dedicated member of the Alma team. Paresha, is the current owner, an esthetician who began working at Alma back in 2011 after feeling the negative effects of working in a traditional spa.
Alma is also committed to social responsibility. They don’t use products that are tested on animals. The products used and sold are produced in a way that treats workers fairly, are non-toxic, free from non-renewable ingredients, eco-friendly and organic whenever possible.
A warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff await you and the service options at Alma are many.
Let’s start with the face. They offer a range of facial services, including the Power Facial ($74 for 45 minutes). It is designed to nourish and hydrate, improve skin tone and texture and is customized for your skin type. Great for those new to facials. For guys, there is a Men’s Facial ($79.00 for 45 minutes). This deep cleansing facial includes a toning mask, extractions, face and scalp massage, and hydration. If you want to go deeper, the Inner and Outer Glow ($145 for 90 minutes) option is for you. It includes a guided meditation, Reiki energy healing, anti-aging facial massage, reflexology and more.
When you feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, treating yourself to a massage can do you a world of good. Even if you only have a few minutes, you can get a condensed Shoulder and Neck, Head and Scalp, Facial Massage, Chair Massage or Hand and Foot Massage for only $15 per 10 minutes (20 minute maximum).
If you have a little more time on your hands, you can get an Aromatic Massage with restorative, organic, botanical oils. Choose Full Body ($75 for 45 min, $94 for an hour) or Back massage only ($50 for 30 minutes). They also offer a Hot Stone Back Massage, using warm basalt stones to soothe sore muscles ($50 for 30 minutes, $90 for an hour). A Reiki with Reflexology foot massage can relieve tension and help restore balance by stimulating the reflexes that correspond to each organ and gland of the body ($50 for 30 minutes, $95 for an hour). A reflexology insurance receipt can be provided for this service. For all other massages, insurance receipts cannot be provided due to the fact that Alma does not employ RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists). Alma massages are performed by qualified estheticians with advanced massage training.
Upstairs at Alma, is the nail salon. Men and women can treat themselves to a little slice of heaven for hands and feet! The Lavender Luxury treatment uses Alma’s exclusive lavender creams, moisturizers and scrubs. It is available as a manicure or pedicure. Men will love the Sport Treatment manicure or pedicure.
To really treat yourself right, and save a little money, you can opt for one of Alma’s Spa Packages. The men’s package combines a full-body massage with a facial, plus the sport hand and foot treatment, all for $198 ($233 value). The Girls Night Out package is a great way to spend some quality time with your BFF. It includes a peppermint refresh pedicure, plus a glass of wine, for two ($95).
Alma is committed to their community. Every year, they sponsor at least one woman in need to become an esthetician. This is part of their vision to empower women to support themselves and their families, while enjoying a rewarding career.
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