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A day at the spa does wonders for the soul


By Shelly Khushal

This winter, consider giving yourself or someone you love the gift of time and relaxation. It’s been a stressful year. What better way to celebrate the holidays then with relaxing at a Spa?

Studies show that relaxing the mind and body leads to the reduction of stress and assisting with depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Relaxation also has other related health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate, not to mention reducing muscle tension and chronic pain.

Deep relaxation and meditation have the potential of rejuvenating the brain’s chemistry. When we relax, the flow of blood increases giving us more energy. It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind, which leads to positive thinking, concentration, memory and decisionmaking.

From facials and manicures to massages and rejuvenating peels, York Region spas have just what you need.

Reference this article and receive discounts on services at the spas listed below.

Santé Salt Cave & Healing Spa, Thornhill

Owners: Danielle and Alex

Location: Unit 3, 1200 Hwy 7 West, Thornhill, Ontario

905.886.4727 |

*Receive 40% off packages at:

Derma-Glo Beauty Bar, Nobleton

Owner and Laser Technician: Natasha Garofali

Location: 25A Caliber Court in Nobelton

416-895-3609 | Instagram handle: @derma_glo

*receive $10 of any service at Derma-Glo Beauty Bar (until Dec 31, 2021)

Coconut Village Spa, Aurora

Owner: Phiona Durrant

Location: 15242 Yonge St Unit 205, Aurora, ON, L4G1L9

905-726-8832 |

*receive $10 of any service at Coconut Village (until Feb 15, 2022)

Santé Salt Cave & Healing SpaOwners Danielle and her husband Alex made me feel like royalty on my recent visit. The Salt Caves and Infrared Salt Sauna were my absolute favourites. The spa follows all sanitizing protocols, and the service was excellent. If you want a luxury spa feel at an affordable price, this is the place to go! The treatments were soothing and the service was phenomenal.

Some of the services they offer:

  • Holistic Massage and Therapy
  • Salt Cave Halotherapy
  • Infrared Salt Sauna
  • Hand and Foot Salt Detox
  • Floatation Therapy
  • Esthetic Services
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Yoga and Meditation

Derma-Glo Beauty BarOwner, Medical Esthetician and Laser Technician Natasha Garofali talked about the importance of a self-care regime and the overall health benefits of caring for your skin. The spa was clean and the service was customized to make you feel cared for.

Some of the services they offer:

  • O2 lift facial 
  • Facial with nano needling 
  • Hyla nano filler facial
  • Chittosil thread lift 
  • Regular Facial 
  • Microneedling – most popular
  • Chemical peel – most popular
  • Dermaplaning with gold mask – most popular

Dermaplaning is a skin rejuvenation treatment intended to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair and improve fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture. In addition, it provides the additional following benefits:

  • increases product absorption and efficiency 
  • promotes cellular proliferation (your anti-aging BFF) 
  • brightens skin and reduces hyperpigmentation 
  • make up application is smooth and flawless 
  • no downtime 
  • safe for ALL skin types

Both spa experiences left me feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Coconut Village Spa, also comes highly recommended by York Region residents.

Owner Phiona Durrant was an absolute pleasure to speak to. Her friendly and welcoming nature has inspired me to visit her spa next.

Some of the services offered:

  • Facial
  • Waxing
  • Hand and Foot Spa
  • Children Spa Services

Tips to manage your stress over the holidays

  • Increase your sleep
  • Don’t overeat
  • Look for the positive in things
  • See family and friends where possible
  • Laugh
  • Listen to music
  • Cuddle up to a cozy fire
  • Be in nature
  • Practice mindful meditation
  • Relax by getting a massage, facial or pedicure.

Take a break from the hectic pre-holiday preparations and indulge yourself – you deserve it.

Shelly Khushal is a busy mother of two and an active member of the York Region community, always keeping abreast of the social scene, latest trends and products; highlighting fun events in and around York Region.

Photos: Top row, left to right: Sante Salt Cave; writer Shelly Khushal; Sante Salt Cave, Sante Salt Cave

Photos: Second row, left to right: Derma-Glo Beauty Bar; Derma-Glo owner Natasha Garofali; writer Shelly Khushal experiencing Dermaplaning with gold mask at Derma-Glo.

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