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Salon, Spas

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hot winter daze at SENSEA Nordic Spa

Get really, really really relaxed at the South Shore’s one-of-a-kind spa.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 1:54 PM

SENSEA Nordic Spa offers European-inspired spa services in a Nova Scotian lakefront setting. - SUBMITTED
  • SENSEA Nordic Spa offers European-inspired spa services in a Nova Scotian lakefront setting.

On a 26-acre parcel of land outside the Nova Scotia coastal village of Chester is a spa unlike any other in the province. Instead of minimalistic white rooms with high ceilings, scented candles and in-ground hot tubs, you'll find ice-cold waterfalls, Turkish hammams and cozy fireplaces.

"Offering a pause, a break in your busy life, that's really our intent," says Christophe Debeaumont, owner of SENSEA Nordic Spa.

Originally from France, Debeaumont and his wife, Laetitia Gomthier, moved to Canada five years ago. Avid spa-goers in Europe, the couple wanted to provide Canadians with a unique experience, drawing inspiration from spa cultures across Europe to create something original.

To that end, explains Debeaumont, the couple have embellished the basic Nordic spa concept with ideas from their travels to spas in Luxembourg, Germany, Finland and across Scandinavia. Key to the experience, he says, is being immersed in nature.

"We wanted to create a new, different concept of spa where everything is embedded inside deep nature," he explains. "It sounds crazy, but we offer for you to be literally in your swimsuit in the cold outside in the wintertime."

The Nordic spa experience has three steps, Debeaumont explains. First, spa-goers warm up in a sauna, hammam (steam room) or hot bath. Second, they cool down as quickly as possible.

"The brutal way to do it is to pour a bucket of water on you," says Debeaumont, though there are gentler options, including an onsite waterfall.

Debeaumont says the shock of the cold releases adrenaline and endorphins in the body, inducing a deeply relaxed state afterwards.

The final step, of course, is relaxation, and Debeaumont recommends doing the hot-cold-relax cycle three times to "sleep like a baby" at night.

To induce even deeper tranquility, SENSEA has a lounge with a fireplace, light reading and classic vinyl records, as well as snacks and wine to purchase.

A typical day at the spa costs $50 for basic access. Add-ons like therapeutic massage, and traditional Russian banya—a treatment that involves being whipped with eucalyptus branches—cost extra.

By this summer, Debeaumont also plans to offer outdoor massages and a chance for people to take the experience even further by sleeping in "dream cocoons" (a sort of treehouse) overnight.

SENSEA opened on January 1, with about 100 guests taking in the experience. Located about 45 minutes from downtown Halifax, Debeaumont says the drive to Chester is a great chance to get into nature.

"We just want to offer you a way to escape the city," he says, "and give a pause on your life."

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Pamaya Organics opens in Bedford

Health and beauty product supplier with a serious eco-philosophy

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Pamaya Organics (1360 Bedford Highway, 832-5664) recently opened in Bedford, a local health and beauty product manufacturer and retailer. "We are a completely sustainable company," explains marketing manager Melinda Dowe in an email, "specializing in organic skin care products that are all made by the founder, Pamela McKay." McKay developed her first organic product line in 2004 while living in the Middle East. She left Kuwait in December 2009 with her two sons to settle here. All her products are designed, tested and made in small batches on site at the Pamaya location and packaged in recyclable or decomposable wrapping. The boutique is run on Bullfrog Power. McKay "will also soon be calculating the carbon footprint at the shop and planting enough trees to compensate for the emissions," says Dowe.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spirit Spa hosts Hair Rescue event Sunday

Locks get sheared and shoulders get rubbed for charity

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

On Sunday February 26, Spirit Spa (5150 Salter Street, 431-8100) will host Hair Rescue, a cut-and-massage-a-thon with the HRM Firefighters for their charities; the Burn Treatment Society and the Canadian Cancer Society. NS Firefighters Calendar models will be on hand to sign calendars and help with shampooing. Expect a silent auction and many prizes to be won (if having a firefighter shampoo your head isn't enough of a prize RIGHT THERE).

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

One Block party!

New Gottingen salon celebrates its arrival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:00 AM

One Block Barbershop (2010 Gottingen Street, 404-9494), which Shoptalk reported on in late December, has already made its mark on north end Halifax since its early January opening.

"Business has been fantastic," reports owner and stylist Michael Phillips. "A lot of support from friends and the community. Overwhelming at times. We are meeting all of our targets and are busy planning a smash of an opening party!"

That party is planned for Saturday February 11, from 8-11:30pm. According to Phillips there'll be "music, food, drinks and general merrymaking."
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Be Massage Therapy celebrates seven years

Deals aplenty available this week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

On February 9, Be. Massage Therapy (South Park YMCA, 1565 South Park Street, 422-4512) will be celebrating its 7th anniversary. Stop by for snacks and coffee during the day as well as complimentary, 10-minute seated chair massages, with all proceeds from the day going to The YMCA Strong Kids Program. Also, from February 5 – 11 the first 30 non-members of the YMCA who come in for a massage will receive a free one-week membership to try out the YMCA facilities. Be. Massage has six therapists and Is open seven days a week, offering student, senior, and YMCA member discounts.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be Well Spa introduces new weight-loss program

Spa calls it a "medical intervention to get the fat off fast"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The Be Well Spa (2110 Robie Street,422-2767) is now offering something called the Ideal Protein program, for weight-loss management. "I have noticed in the past few years that an alarming number of my patients mainly have their health issues due to weight gain and I am very excited to have this tool to offer them." says co-owner Cheryl Lycette.

Ideal Protein promises to allow typical candidates to lose four to seven pounds a week. Lycette, an ND, conducts the initial consult. Perks of using this program include discounts on spa services.

For more info check out bewellspa.ca or give the spa a call.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Spa moves into permanent location

Summit returns to Spring Garden Road

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Summit Day Spa & Wellness Clinic (423-3888) has been in operation for more than 21 years. A couple year back, owner Susan Alward decided that being in Park Lane Mall just wasn't the right fit for it anymore. However, their chosen new location, the new office building at the corner of Birmingham and Spring Garden Road, was delayed getting completed. "We were originally supposed to move in August 1," explains an exasperated-sounding Alward. In the meantime, Summit temporarily set up shop in the former funeral home near the corner of Robie and Quinpool. "We love the space we've been in," she says, especially having free parking. But customers are used to Summit being on Spring Garden, and so it will be again, opening in the new building at civic address 5495 on January 18. It's actually a smaller space, which suits Alward just fine. "We want to do a stronger focus on the services we do well," she explains, meaning she'll be training fewer new people, instead utilizing her experienced staff for skin care, permanent hair removal, makeup and pedicures, as well as working on a new men's brochure. The brand-new, office-like building should appeal to men more, says Alward. "It's a more private, more boutique-y kind of environment." UPDATE, January 11, 2:40pm
Summit will now open in its new location January 25.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

One Block Barbershop opens in January

The first salon of the new year!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The brainchild of stylist Michael Phillips---formerly employed at Fred---One Block (2010 Gottingen Street, 404-9494, scheduled to open January 3) is a haircutting space with a vision to be more accessible and laid back than the average salon in HRM. Phillips' intention is that his spot, located across from Propeller Brewery, will be the kind of place where dropping by to hang out and talk hair/whatever is highly encouraged and events will be held on a regular basis.

"Some ideas I have heard so far include DIY haircutting workshops, gender-bending haircutting sessions, sliding scale payment on certain days for underwaged/unemployed," he explains. "I hope to experiment with different things and find out what works and what new things we can try."
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Alicia Melanson special salon event

Thursday, December 1 is a big day at local hair and make-up spot

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Alicia Melanson would like to invite both her loyal and new clients to her Hair & Makeup salon ((1725 Barrington Street, 3rd Floor, 433-1616) on Thursday, December 1 from noon until 8pm to enjoy lots of holiday specials. They include sales, tax free products, holiday beverages and snacks. You can pre-book appointments now for a free Blow-out or Smokey-eye Makeup application with the purchase of any three regular-size retail products. Melanson is also offering a free gift to clients who bring in donations of non-perishable food or funds for Feed Nova Scotia to the event, as well as throughout the month of December.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Remedy waxes off for charity

All Tuesday's depilatory work to benefit Christmas Daddies 2011 Telethon

Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

On Tuesday November 22 from 10am-6pm, all waxing services purchased at Remedy Facial Bar & Spa (1546 Granville Street, 425-7586) will have the proceeds go to the Christmas Daddies 2011 Telethon. Remedy is looking to raise over $1,500 for this worthy cause, so go get waxed for charity!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Summit big sale and thank you event

If you are a client, stop by on Sunday, November 20 in the afternoon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM

The Summit Day Spa (temporarily at 2032 Robie Street) is hosting a big sale and thank you event for all of its clients who have visited them since the business moved to its Robie Street spot. The event is on Sunday November 20 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Summit will be launching our new brochure and exclusive new men's brochure, demoing new treatments, draws, gift certificate sale and sales on most products lines in the spa store. Summit will be moving to its new, permanent location at 5495 Spring Garden Road in January, which is now under construction.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nuance Hair Studio opens

New beauty spot on Dresden Row

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

The hair salon over Moda Urban Dining, called Nuance Hair Studio (1518 Dresden Row, 429-1576) opened at the beginning of October and had its grand opening last weekend. It offers the skills of five stylists, including owners Cody Fryday and Kim Ward. "We do a whole range of styles," explains Fryday. "We specialize in everything!"
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New massage therapy at Breathing Space Hair

Melanie Wheaton moves from Total Kneads to do her own thing

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Massage therapist Melanie Wheaton worked previously at Total Kneads Massage Therapy in the north end but now has her own practice, the delightfully named mel practice massage therapy. "I am now located at 1529 Birmingham Street [shared studio space with Breathing Space Hair] and welcoming new and returning clients." Wheaton is a registered massage therapist of 10 years and is providing the same services, rates and direct billing as she did in the previous location, with more flexible hours. Online booking is available, so check her out at mel-practice.com.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Serpentine Studios opening

Exotic exercise options happening on Barrington

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Serpentine Studios will be opening September 12, 2011 in the old Hive Hair Studio at 1668 Barrington Street, Suite 200. Co-founders Monique Ryan---who has a degree in degree in kinesiology and an award in Best of Halifax for Best Dancer---and Laura Selenzi---a registered massage therapist and dancer---specialize in bellydance. They'll also be offering classes in the hula hoop, flexibility, and general fitness. The grand opening takes place on Sunday, September 11 from 7pm-10pm. You can enjoy free classes for the entire opening week of September 12-18. For more information, visit cabaretserpentine.com or call 406-1668.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summit moves to Robie Street

Park Lane spa relocates, plans second move

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Popular day spa and wellness centre Summit, long known for its downtown location in Park Lane Mall, has moved.

Since August 4 it has been located at 2032 Robie Street, just north of the willow tree intersection with Quinpool Road. (the number is the same, 423-3888).

"We were planning this for a couple of years," explains owner Susan Alward, who let the lease at Park Lane expire. She says Summit was looking for "maybe a bit more of an intimate location for clients." The new location also includes free parking in a lot adjacent to the building.

There won't be much time to settle in, however. Summit is expected to move into the a space now being constructed across from Mills at the corner of 5496 Spring Garden Road at Birmingham Street.

Alward is expecting the spa's new digs to be complete by "November-ish."

Summit has a second location at Sunnyside Mall in Bedford.
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