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HEALTHY LIVING in KING WEST

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The Health Loft; The Energy Therapy Centre; Body Blitz

47 Stewart Street; 411-401 Richmond Street West; 471 Adelaide Street West

Medical Centre/Spa

Toronto can be completely exhilarating… and completely exhausting. Busy sidewalks, bustling restaurants, buzzing nightclubs and non-stop cultural events create a thrilling vibe for residents and visitors. But for those who don’t take a break from the chaos, all this excitement can quickly wear you down. “It is definitely a challenge to live a healthy lifestyle in a city as busy and fast-paced as Toronto,” says Stephanie Estima Galanis, clinic director and chiropractor at The Health Loft. “Our lives are filled with business meetings, social commitments, travel, and maybe a kid or two, and trying to make time for yourself is a huge challenge. Headaches are ignored, minor aches and pains are left to be dealt with later, and years can fly by without any attention paid to your body and wellbeing.” At The Health Loft, chiropractic services, acupuncture and registered massage therapy are offered in a warm, soothing space. It’s also an extremely convenient space for those living in the King Blue neighbourhood—many clients live so close and are so comfortable in King West that they come over in their pyjamas and slippers. Most of those clients are coming for the chiropractic treatment for joint issues, or the 60-minute massage for total body bliss. “The 60-minute is enough time for you to relax, and it lets the therapist really work the tissue to help relax, lengthen and tone the muscle,” says Galanis.
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Trained chiropractors and massage therapists at The Health Loft create custom programs that include treatments, exercises and stretches to suit each client's lifestyle

But a healthy body is nothing without a healthy mind, and at The Energy Therapy Centre, therapist Freyda Isaacs is helping clients to achieve exactly that. Her treatments are a meld of psychotherapy, meditation and hands-on energy work, with the goal of opening up any resistance or energy blockages, to help clients “sort out, uncover and penetrate what’s not working in their lives.” To do this, Isaacs focuses on the chakras—seven centres of spiritual energy that exist deep within the body and are connected to major organs or glands. “People are chronically in their head and out of their body,” she says. “You need to check out what’s happening below your chin.” By opening clients up to what’s stuck or missing in their lives, and using the body's own natural energy, Isaacs brings the body and mind into alignment. “It can be painful, but people have a good time here,” she says of her therapy’s intense but restorative nature. “It brings balance, wholeness, freedom and movement.”
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The Energy Therapy Centre is located inside an open-space, community-focused building that includes original art and a rooftop garden

And while it’s important to nourish the body and the mind, Sara deRuiter, spa director at the women’s Body Blitz Spa, says that our social lives are also a source of rejuvenation. At Body Blitz, clients participate in a hydrotherapy treatment that includes heated pools, cold-water plunges and infrared saunas that help to dislodge toxins from the body, improve nerve function, cleanse the pores and boost circulation and the immune system. But for deRuiter, the healing benefits don’t just come from the water treatment, but from the social aspect of it. She says clients may come in solo, but many also come in with girlfriends and use Body Blitz as a place to talk, laugh and unwind while bathing in the therapeutic pools. And in an age when it’s all go, go, go, and in a city where it can be difficult to feel connected, having that space can revitalize the soul. “People don’t know who their neighbours are. They don’t have that sense of community,” says deRuiter. “So they come to Body Blitz to meet their girlfriends or to get to know other people.” She also points out that communal bathing is a tradition that connects us all, within many cultures, making it an appropriate healing practice for multicultural Toronto. “Therapeutic waters is something that has been done for centuries,” she says. “It’s a really important part of where everyone comes from. The ritual of bathing is coming through to modern life.”
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Body Blitz's Dead Sea salt pool helps to eliminate toxins from the body

While King West may be a party, it turns out it’s also the perfect place to find healthy living. “KW is filled with a younger, more savvy crowd who I find are more dedicated to living a preventative lifestyle than other areas of the city,” says Galanis. So take a deep breath and go for a massage, or energy therapy session, or therapeutic water treatment. 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