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Health, Wellness & Beauty

It’s a brand new year and we all want to start it right! And keep it going that way!

To keep us moving along the path to being our personal best we have asked local experts tell us what services they offer as well as some advice.

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John Surtees working on the “good “stress

Real Estate professionals are always on the go and sometimes stress can be a factor. John Surtees has found balance in his life. “Practicing yoga, running trails amongst Douglas firs, paddle boarding and surfing are all activities which help me reconnect to nature and ground myself. Being active in nature is more preventive maintenance than stress relief.” He has been creating eustress – the good stress that motivates – by participating in the Island Race Series already having completed an 8 & 10km runs in January. The Cedar 12km is Feb 9th and the Comox half marathon will be the following month.

Being in nature is “a spiritual thing” which resets me. These experiences clear my head and fuel my soul.”

Coast Realty realtor Lorne Gait is also committed to health and can often be seen at the FJCC fitness centre. He currently has a property listed that would make an ideal studio for those looking to expand or start a business. Contact him at

Ladysmith Parks Recreation and Culture offers fitness studio, classes and a complete aquatic centre. Along with the favorites look for some new programs, says Susan Glenn. Step Fit – Step Aerobics is a fun cardio and strength workout. This dynamic step class incorporates the extra cardio challenge of step routines with an abdominal and core workout and a relaxing yoga inspired stretch. Strokes 1 & 2 – Learn to swim more efficiently. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body without putting stress on your joints better than a swimming workout. Girls Drop-In (age 13-18) Yoga, Dance, Fitness, Cooking and more!


Sue Kodric, personal trainer offers fitness for women only

Sue Kodric, personal trainer offers fitness for women only

Sue Kodric is a Certified Personal Trainer and owner of SLK Fitness Studio for Women in Ladysmith.  SLK Fitness Studio is an option for women looking to begin or restart their fitness program.  Sue listens to her client’s needs and goals and then designs an individual training program suitable to meet those goals.  There is no one program that fits all, everyone’s needs are different.  In addition, Sue provides motivational coaching to help women put themselves first by choosing to include exercise and healthy eating into their daily routines so they see results.   Facebook:  SLK Fitness Studio for Women

Eike Jordan of Cedar Body Works has taken her commitment to health and beauty a step beyond and taken it to the people. With fitness playing a major role in her and her family’s life she has created opportunities in Cedar for adults and young people to discover fitness through sports and play. Join in for a game of volleyball, badminton or try the popular slower-paced pickle ball. Every Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm Badminton and Pickle Ball at North Cedar Intermediate Gym located at 2215 Gould Road in Cedar. .High School Students free with Student I.D., $2 for adults, paddles and balls supplied. Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm Volleyball at North Cedar Intermediate Gym-Free. Every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm Volleyball at North Cedar  Intermediate Gym-Free.


Shelley Sims of Herbal Magic, Nanaimo

In almost 12 years of operation, Shelley Sims says that Herbal Magic, Nanaimo location has helped hundreds of clients lose a total of 52,000 pounds and 58,000 inches. “People are literally lighter and happier because of their decision to join and succeed.” Herbal Magic weight loss system doesn’t consider simply reaching a weight-loss goal to be the end of the journey. “Our philosophy is to make sure that clients maintain their new, healthy weight for life.  Their system combines healthy eating, one- on-one personal coaching and natural health products. With approximately 280 centres nationwide, Herbal Magic is the largest Canadian owned and operated weight-loss company in Canada.


Dan Patteron of Affordable vacuum offers superior air quality

Dan Patteron of Affordable vacuum offers superior air quality

Dan Patterson of Affordable Vacuum says his top of the line vacuums with hospital grade filtrations systems are a blessing for those that suffer from asthma and allergies.  “If pet hair is a problem we have in my opinion the best vacuum made. “ Affordable Vacuum has been helping the people of Ladysmith and area for 25 years, selling and repairing quality vacuum cleaners.  “Being in business for this long I have realized that you get what you pay for.   Many of the models in my store are not available at the big box stores but can be found at Buckingham Palace and the White House. “Come down and see what a difference the best quality vacuum cleaner can do for the health and wellness of your home.”


Salon Luminescence

Salon Luminescence

Salon Luminence was born out of the need to offer a healthier salon experience, to use safer hair and skin care products than the traditional salon. They offer a full range of hair and esthetic services from designer cuts, ammonia-free no fumes hair colour to pedicures, waxing and spa treatments.  Onesta, Loma Organics, and Sacred Nature are a few of our organic and vegan lines. We are also part of the solution for recycling in the salon through Green Circle salons programs.


Vanessa Aikenhead of Esthetics by Vanessa

Vanessa Aikenhead of Esthetics by Vanessa

Vanessa Aikenhead’s Esthetics by Vanessa shares this tip. “A Swedish or hot stone massage as it is a great way to relax the body and reduced tension. It helps eliminate toxins and reduce stress.  Relaxation massages release endorphins that help calm the nervous system, bringing the body to a state of relaxation and well-being,” says Vanessa. “Take time out of your busy life for yourself.  A little relaxation goes a long way.”


Marilyn Swallow

Marilyn Swallow, Wildflower Natural Health

Can’t afford that tropical vacation? “Treat yourself to our new kelp and sea salt scrub, followed by a hot jade stone massage, to help detox the body and soothe the soul,” says Marilyn Swallow at Wildflower Natural Health. Valentines will love their 100% natural Whole Heart Spritzer or indulge them in chocolate and roses without an ounce of guilt!  It’s easy with our yummy Cocorose Body Lotion also available at Nancy’s in Ladysmith. Join them Feb.1 and Feb 15 for a free drop in session to discover Oriental medicine, and find out how they can test and eliminate your allergies.


ReWind Med Spa

ReWind Med Spa


Rewind MedSpa is owned and operated by Moreen Reid who is a Medical Esthetician and Certified Laser Technician with over 15 years’ experience and has trained in Advanced Skin Treatments in France. Rewind MedSpa offers a range of dermatological services. “Our most popular is the Age Defy Series – which includes Priori Peel, Photo Rejuvenation, Skin Tightening, Fractional Wrinkle Reduction Laser Hair Removal, Skin Tightening, Botox and Juvederm, Microdermabrasion Medical Grade Peel and Guinot Facials. Complimentary consultations are available.



Opening soon is the Thai Massage Academy. Thai yoga massage is a very holistic therapy where the human being is seen and treated as an ever-changing network of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that all influence each other. Its primary aim is to restore and balance the body’s energy system which comprises of a multitude of energy lines that run through the body. Thai yoga massage therapists work on 10 main meridians to ensure optimum health and well-being. Utilizing a multitude of techniques and adjustments they bring the body back to its natural equilibrium where perfect balance and well-being are present. “We are not miracle workers, but we can help people in many ways,” says Andre Coco.


Rosemarie Barnes, confidence builder

Rosemarie Barnes, confidence builder

Confidence is key. Confidence is the first ingredient in any recipe for success, says  Rosemarie Barnes at CONFIDENT STAGES.  Whether your goal is to apply for a new job, take up a new hobby, lose weight, or just meet some new people, the self-confidence to start and complete anything is the key to success. “ Age is not a factor.  It doesn’t matter if we are a child being bullied, an insecure teenager, an adult dealing with life’s difficulties, or a new widow or widower.  We all share one need:  confidence,” says Rosemarie.



Top Tips: Get active!


* Take a walk. Walking is one of the simplest activities: take awalk after lunch or get off one bus stop early on your way to work. Alternatively, park farther away from the entrance to the mall or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

* Make a play for it. You might have flown a kite or thrown a risbee as a kid – why not now? Once in the park, you might see other activities that inspire you and your family to have fun exercising.

* Start a family ‘health club’. Gather your family together one evening or weekend and make up a list of activities that everyone enjoys. Put your list on the fridge and plan evenings when you will try a new activity.

* Support the sports. Most sports activities increase your physical fitness, contribute to heart and bone health, and help you maintain a healthy body weight – so why not join a new club or team? Perhaps you could give dancing, kick-boxing, yoga, running or tennis a go? Participating in individual or team recreational sports is a great way to meet others – and they can motivate you to stay fit.

* Just the basics. Scientific evidence suggests that even low-intensity lifestyle activities have health benefits. This is important to those who may have limited abilities to exercise – such as arthritis sufferers. Casual activities that can contribute to greater health include:

– Gardening and yard work

– Housework

– Dancing

– Walking up stairs

– Water exercise

* Have fun. Find something active you enjoy and stick with it. If you’re genuinely going to develop an active life then you need to find a way of making exercise ‘fun’. That way, it won’t feel like hard-work!

* Get virtually motivated. Take advantage of some of the mobile applications and online portals that provide guidance and information on healthy living.

By Margaret Ng

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Marina is Editor of TAKE 5 Magazine.