January is a great time to reset and re-evaluate your personal needs. Beyond the many health practitioners from massage therapists to doctors to psychologists that hold their practice on 4th Street, there are some really unique businesses that focus on wellness and health. Experts at each of these businesses can help you come with a wellness plan for 2017 – whether it be getting on a regular floating/meditation schedule at Clear Float Spa or signing up for a new fitness routine at Method Fitness.
Find Calm: Clear Float Spa #105 – 1800 4 Street SW
A fairly new concept to Calgary, floating is basically a sensory deprivation experience where you lie down in a float pod filled with water and massive quantities of epsom salts that allows you to float. If you’ve been reading up on meditation, I highly recommend trying a float or two to get you started in a brand-new mindset. Their environment is designed to promote relaxation so if you’ve found yourself extra stressed out about your job, relationships or other external influences it might be time to try something new. The staff is very welcoming and friendly – and will happily answer any questions you may have about the experience of floating.
Find Skincare: Babor Beauty Spa #25 – 2500 4th Street SW
One of my favourite things about 4th Street is how many great spots there are to treat yourself to some pampering. BABOR Beauty Spa is just one of these amazing spots. For over 60 years, BABOR has been creating luxurious facial and body treatments in Europe. Now available in Calgary, BABOR uses the finest natural active ingredients and provides incredible and innovative skincare solutions. If you’ve been feeling like your skin needs some extra love, this is a great place to start. Some of their groundbreaking experience include Vital O2 Lux Oxygen Treatments, Facials, Body Treatments, Relaxation Massage, DR BABOR Therapies, Make-Up Application, Thermocoagulation, Tint & Hair Removal
Find Natural Remedies: Neal’s Yard Remedies 2207 4th Street SW
Neal’s Yard Remedies is full of so much organic goodness, sometimes it is hard to describe exactly what this gorgeous little shop is all about. First off, they specialize in amazing skincare, makeup and body products. Their entire collection uses the finest, organic natural ingredients and pure essential oils. Beyond that they also have mother and baby collections, fantastic “cookbooks” for healthy eating and creating your own beauty remedies, as well as raw natural ingredients like dried lavender and teas. They also have partnered with Aloha Healing and Wellness to operate out of their treatment rooms – adding more value to your visits!
Find Strength: Method Fitness #16 – 2500 4th Street SW
After doing some personal training at Method Fitness in 2016, I noticed such a difference with other studios I had trained at in the past. Their studio is incredibly welcoming, their trainers are educated and helpful – and their programs can be completely tailored to your person needs and desires. They often have great fitness challenges with fantastic prizes and bootcamp classes on the weekends (so I’ve heard – I’ve yet to do a group class – something to work up to one day, haha!). I definitely recommend their services if you are looking to increase or improve on your fitness this year.
Find Nutrition: Amaranth Market 1407 4th Street SW
Another one of my all-time favourite spots to hit up, Amaranth Foods is a great spot to reset your nutrition goals and try some new methods of eating healthy. Beyond having an amazing selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods and products, you can also pick up delicious local produce, vitamins, medicine – as well as grab-and-go meal options that are 100x more healthy than stopping at your favourite fast food joint.