We have all seen the words complementary, alternative, and integrative used in association with health treatments, but what do they really mean? These terms are continually evolving, and for those who are seeking treatment and therapies outside of what would be considered conventional, finding trusted sources may prove difficult.
The term alternative therapy refers to any health treatment not the standard in Western medical practice. When used alongside standard medical practices, alternative approaches are referred to as complementary medicine. Beyond that, complementary and alternative therapies are difficult to define, largely because the field is so diverse. It encompasses diet and exercise changes, acupressure and acupuncture, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic medicine, balneotherapy (water therapy), reflexology and Reiki, cryotherapy, chiropractic treatments, and more.
Tality Wellness – North Vancouver, Kelowna
Tality Spa is one of North Vancouver’s best-kept wellness secrets, which recently welcomed a second North Van location at the Shipyards. The spa aims to make treatments affordable and practical so that customers can routinely make use of them and benefit their health and wellness long-term. Their wood-fired cedar saunas and ice tubs aid muscle recovery and help reset the nervous system, which is a must during busy seasons. You can incorporate Tality Wellness into your routine in various ways, whether that be through a membership plan, punch passes, or single sessions – cold dips and kombucha never felt so good!
IV Health Centre – Vancouver
The mission at the IV Health Centre is to provide optimal health care with personalized treatment plans for each client. Conveniently located in downtown Vancouver, the clinic helps clients through hydrating vitamin and mineral therapies in addition to other services like acupuncture, medical aesthetics, and naturopathic medicine. Their multidisciplinary team works with clients to assess their needs and achieve each individual’s health and wellness goals.
Float House – Vancouver, Victoria & Langford
Head to Float House to achieve profound relaxation, meditation and wellness in a float tank. Founders Mike and Andy Zaremba discovered the benefits of floating for themselves in 2o10, and have since been working towards sharing this wellness practice with others. With 800lbs of Epsom salts dissolved in 10’’ of water, you will effortlessly float in the enclosed tank. The tanks are light-proof, sound-proof and have a neutral smell to allow you to fully unwind and relax. Float House can be the ultimate meditation space to help you escape busyness and noise and, in turn, reduce stress.
The SkinGirls – Downtown Vancouver
The SkinGirls Spa has a wide variety of treatments and services, from medical aesthetics to hair removal and body rejuvenation. One of their services, not commonly found at many spas, is Brazilian lymphatic drainage. This rejuvenating and non-invasive treatment comes with many benefits but mainly helps with reducing excess fluid retention, resulting in definition and body-shaping. out toxins from the tissue with a special cupping machine. You will be surprised by the incredible variety of treatments and services offered at The SkinGirls Spa.
Guava Vegan Wellness Spa – Commercial Drive
Guava is a new spa on Commercial Drive that offers a variety of health services and therapies for the skin and body, such as facials, waxing, massages, brow lamination, eyelash extensions, and their popular IPL Skin Rejuvenation service. The best part is that the spa is fully vegan and cruelty-free, so it does not use or promote any animal-derived products or services!
As the winter season settles in and the hustle and bustle of life intensifies, it becomes crucial to prioritize well-being. Whether it is trying the calming float tanks at Float House, personalized treatment plans at IV Health Centre, or the cruelty-free services at Guava Vegan Wellness Spa, there is surely something for you. Let this season be a reminder to embrace self-care, explore new therapeutic horizons, and prioritize your well-being for a healthier and more balanced life!
Header image credited to Tality Wellness.
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