Bodé Spa Medi-Wellness for Men is one of Canada’s leading spas dedicated entirely to the service and grooming needs of the male patron.

Daniel Francoeur fell in love with the industry while owning 'Little House Spa' in Cumberland, Ontario. In 2004, realizing that the spa needs for men were not being met, he recreated Bodé Spa for men in the picturesque Sandy Hill district of Ottawa. Since then, Daniel and the professional team at Bodé Spa have gained local, national, and even international attention, providing education and assistance, as well as selecting and introducing an array of male-specific products that deliver science to a solution.

Early in 2012, understanding that every BODY has its needs, Inirida Zerpa invited Daniel to join her as she added a medi-wellness aspect at the second Bodé Spa in the upscale Yorkville district of Toronto, further redefining the masculinity and catering to the individual expectations and sensitivities from a male perspective. Toronto finally has a destination; a place the discerning male can call his; a concierge attended location that addresses everything from his grooming and esthetics to his health and personal wellness.

Bodé Spa offers complete privacy, with a team of educated staff that are dedicated to bringing man and spa together in a comfortable and professional atmosphere that clients can truly call their own.


Meet our team


DANIEL FRANCOEUR, Owner and Educator




Sharing his knowledge with professionals across North America, Daniel Francœur has quickly become the preeminent source for all matters pertaining to male grooming and spa care. Daniel got his start in the spa business 16 years ago, operating Little House Spa, a traditional female-dedicated business. Over the years, his male clientele grew to over 40%, which led to the launching of a new venture: Bodé Spa For Men in Ottawa. Now in its eigth year, Bodé Spa has gained an international reputation for its client care and modern-minded approach. Leading the charge, Daniel is not only the spa's owner, he is also a massage therapist (orthotherapist), waxing specialist (trainer), and esthetician.

Bodé has gone through another growth in that it has now opened its doors in Toronto with a slight add on to the name Bodé Spa Medi-Wellness for Men. You will find Daniel sharing his time and talents at both locations. You can check out the website to see the addition to the services available in the Toronto location. Over the next coming year, Toronto and Ottawa will work hard to match almost all their services yet keeping a few original services that make each location unique.

FELIX CONYEDO, Registered Massage Therapist
Sport Massage Therapist (Certification Candidate)




Felix graduated from CDI College with a diploma in Massage Therapy. He is currently a Registered Massage Therapist with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario), RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario), and the CSMTA (Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association)

Felix boasts almost 10 years of experience in the field of sports massage therapy. His experience ranges from treating "weekend warriors", junior and varsity athletes to elite and professional athletes. Felix's integrated holistic approach to healthcare allows him to identify the cause of a problem, and not simply treat the symptoms. Felix has been involved with a number of sporting events, providing a combination of pre and post sport massage therapy as well as on-field medical coverage. These include the World Ball Hockey Championships, work with international karate teams, and Dance Sport Canada.

His continuing education courses include: athletic taping, functional muscle assessment, functional movement screening and corrections, and various courses designed to build sport-specific power and strength, and dynamic warm up training. Being an athlete himself, he understands the unique needs and demands that come with being an athlete, and continually strives to meet these needs. Felix is often consulted and sought after by elite organizations to assist athletes in returning to a high performance following major injuries.

BRIAN LISICKY, Esthetician




Brian’s gateway into the spa and wellness industry began with an interest in the correlation between one’s perception of their appearance and its effect on their overall sense of well-being. Science-minded with a gentle hand, he found his vocation in Esthetics, graduating with Elmcrest College’s 2010 class in Toronto with an emphasis on the skin’s health. Although still young in the industry, Brian believes emphatically that knowledge is vital to success, and is constantly expanding his repertoire with continuing education and advanced reading.

Whether you need your product ingredients deciphered, a plumbing of your pores, a pick-me-up hand and/or foot fix or a ‘scaping of the bod, Brian offers Bode’s full range of Esthetic services personalized and tailored to fit any guy’s needs.

ROBERT GUERTIN, Registered Massage Therapist




Robert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bodé Spa team. His adapted massage techniques include Swedish or sports massage, combined with varied 'osteopathic' facial and stretching techniques.

Robert is well known for his work with hydrotherapy massage, performed under the misty rain of Bodé's hydro room, ideal for joggers and cyclists. There, Robert stretches the short rotators, flexors, extensors, adductors and abductors through their full range of motion, not to forget the rotator cuff muscles for swimmers and body builders.

When a systemic clearing of toxins is required, Robert works to reach the deeper layers with lymphatic drainage therapy techniques (LDT) Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (Chikly method), and also with visceral manipulation techniques (VM) Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute).

These techniques focus on the abdominal and pelvic regions, which are often neglected but are major areas for body circulation (arterial, venous, lymphatic, nervous) and also where a good deal of our emotions and stress are stored.

Robert notes that for every service, client participation is key. "Always remember that moderation and continuity is the key to long range well being," he says.

ADAM LAFRANCE, Registered Massage Therapist




Adam graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Algonquin College. For Adam, massage therapy is a wholesome avenue in which he can help people reach personal goals, provide solutions to burdensome issues and promote a balanced healthy lifestyle – which is something that Adam takes seriously.

Adam has experience working with a variety of clientele and conditions including athletes, the elderly, and special needs clients. Besides working, Adam is also involved in continuing education courses; he is currently taking the cranialsacral course at the Sutherland Chan School & Teaching Clinic in Toronto. Upon completion of this course, Adam is already contemplating his next course.

KIMBERLEY TURNBULL, Registered Massage Therapist




Kimberley did her RMT training at the Elegance Private College, in Cornwall. Her interest in massage was sparked in highschool, and her decision to pursue her studies was cemented after watching members of her family struggle with medical and biomechanical issues. Known for having “warm, healing hands” by those around her, Kimberley knew she was in the right line of work.

Kimberley enjoys a challenge, from aching muscles to piriformis syndrome to constipation. Her clients may not only fall asleep during the session, but also to have a better night sleep. She is currently, completing a course on hot stone massage and is planning on taking a reflexology and thermal palm course in the near future.

"Clients are not textbooks, nor are they paychecks. Each client is different, and even treatments can vary between sessions for the same person. And us...? we (RMTs) are like old slippers: you may have to try a few before you can find the one that fits you!."
KIMBERLEY TURNBULL
Meet our team


INIRIDIA ZERPA, Owner




Inirida recently made a transition from the travel industry, where she worked as a Regional Sales Manager for an international airline, to the spa industry, now overseeing Bodé Spa's Toronto location in Yorkville. Having always had a developed interest in the aesthetic and wellness fields, she knew she made the right choice when she first stepped foot in Bodé's unfinished space. You can tell by just talking to Inirida that she is comfortable in her new spa surroundings. Her calm, pleasant demeanor and confident attitude instantly lets Bodé's clients and staff know that they're in good hands.

Feeling content in the space at Bodé, an environment she worked tirelessly to develop for months before Bodé actually opened its doors to the public, Inirida is on a mission to break the stereotypes around a man's place in a spa.

"We aim to make the spa experience part of the male lexicon by providing an array of male-specific signature services, products, education and assistance thus creating a space and place that is comfortable for men."
INIRIDA ZERPA

DANIEL FRANCOUER, Owner and Educator




Sharing his knowledge with professionals across North America, Daniel Francœur has quickly become the preeminent source for all matters pertaining to male grooming and spa care. Daniel got his start in the spa business 16 years ago, operating Little House Spa, a traditional female-dedicated business. Over the years, his male clientele grew to over 40%, which led to the launching of a new venture: Bodé Spa For Men in Ottawa. Now in its eigth year, Bodé Spa has gained an international reputation for its client care and modern-minded approach. Leading the charge, Daniel is not only the spa's owner, he is also a massage therapist (orthotherapist), waxing specialist (trainer), and esthetician.

Bodé has gone through another growth in that it has now opened its doors in Toronto with a slight add on to the name Bodé Spa Medi-Wellness for Men. You will find Daniel sharing his time and talents at both locations. You can check out the website to see the addition to the services available in the Toronto location. Over the next coming year, Toronto and Ottawa will work hard to match almost all their services yet keeping a few original services that make each location unique.

CINDY HARVEY, Certified Pedorthist




Ms. Harvey’s career started with a degree in Marketing, following which she held positions with Timex Canada, Dylex and the National Sports Centre.

Taking five years off work to have and be with her daughter gave Ms. Harvey the opportunity to go back to school to study Pedorthics with the objective of working for herself while helping others. She has now been operating independently in the field of Pedorthics for seven years and continues to thoroughly enjoy life while helping others to take healthier steps.

Since 2004, Ms Harvey joined the NASP- North American School Of Podology on their education team to share her knowledge and enthusiasm through teaching the popular course in Comprehensive Foot and Leg Evaluation.

JUN MUKASA, Esthetician




Japanese culture stresses the virtue in showing respect to ourselves and those around us by always presenting a neat, polished appearance. This is one of the reasons why Jun Mukasa, who was born in Japan, developed a passion in helping others be not only presentable but beautiful, healthy and happy.

Jun began her professional career in Japan in the medical field as a registered dental hygienist, switching later to work as a reflexologist at a Japanese esthetic company because she wanted to seek a more holistic approach to the well-being of herself and others. After moving to Toronto in 2003 Jun worked at a nail spa as a spa technician and reflexologist for over four years. Her background in medical and holistic positions gave her a strong advantage in the beauty field, where she was able to help her clients who had difficult skin and health issues.

Since her arrival in Toronto Jun has studied whole esthetics, nail technology, and medical esthetics at George Brown College, and Advanced foot care at the NASP-North American School of Podology. She has achieved certification as a Medical Esthetician, Master Pedicurist, Skincare Therapist, Nail Technician, Reflexologist, Massage Practitioner, and Eyelash Stylist. Her professional expertise in this wide range of beauty services enables her to help her clients achieve their health and beauty goals and improve their overall well-being.

OSVALDO BOLANOS, Registered Massage Therapist




Osvaldo (Ozy) loves his work as a massage therapist. He is currently a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario), the CSMTA (Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association), and the RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapists Association Of Ontario).

An avid sports enthusiast, he is very familiar with the various injuries, aches, discomforts, and pains associated with exercise and stress. Osvaldo uses his personal experience, vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology to assess, treat, and rehabilitate different injuries, discomforts, and conditions related to sports and daily living activities. He applies different techniques like Swedish, MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage), Myofacial release, Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue and sport specific techniques in a way that best helps each client relax, overcome stress and stay active doing what you love.

Before attending the Bryan College of Applied Health and Business Sciences, where he graduated with Honors, Osvaldo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of Matanzas in Matanzas, Cuba.

Hungry for knowledge, always learning, always improving; he is always looking for continuing education courses that can expand his knowledge. His goal is to give each client the relief they come looking for. He gets great satisfaction and an internal feeling of "Mission Accomplished" when seeing his clients leave after reaching their goals.

AARON PETTMAN, Massage Practioner




Aaron was introduced to massage in Vancouver, B.C. during a break from academic pursuits. After personal practice/study and an introductory Swedish massage course, he decided to pursue further education and certification. He graduated with honours from a 5-month, 700 hour “Spa Therapist” certificate program.

Requirements of his certification included a solid basis in anatomy and physiology, hands-on proficiency in various techniques, practical experience in a spa setting, and in-depth coverage regarding emotional responses, professional development, and business skills.

He appreciates the high quality of his formal instruction, but considers his years of hands-on practice to be most valuable. He is committed to continuing education and keeps up with some of the latest developments in the field.

After graduation he has practiced massage in various contexts: in the clinic/spa setting, as an on-site chair massage provider, and as a home-based practice and independent practitioner. He is very excited to be one of the exceptional practitioners of the Bode team.

SAM MAEHARA, Barber and Stylist




From an early age, Boye has displayed a natural ability in art, design, imagination, and grasping complex concepts quickly. These skills, along with his eye for fashion, attention to detail, and his drive to push the boundaries and create an instant sense of comfort with the people who cross his path have all contributed to his success and achievement as a self proclaimed "groomist". He strives to combine the old with the new by revamping the classic styles with a modern twist, as well as provide insights on the trending and up-and-coming styles.

"It's not just about the hair. Being a groomist is about helping someone identify their own tastes, define their personal sense of style, and help to make sure that they put their best foot forward. It's much more than a great haircut or shave; it's about making sure that the haircut and shave are a part of an entire package."
Boye

JERRY NIE, Registered Massage Therapist




Jerry's work as an RMT began at McMaster's University, where he trained in the Contemporary Acupuncture program with a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as completing 2200+ hours of RMT Training at Sutherland-Chan Massage School. He applies his training and experience by specializing in releasing stress and pain in the body through taking effective and relaxed treatment methods in a short-term section by combining Swedish massage, acupuncture, acupuncture point press.

Looking for someone that understands traditional and modern approaches to massage therapy? Book an appointment with Jerry today!



Chill Magazine | Get a Manpering, September/2013
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Elevate Magazine | Just for Him, June/2013
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Bodé Spa – A Spa for the Modern Man, April/2013
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Snap Downtown Toronto | Grand Opening of Bode Spa Toronto, January/2013
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Toro Magazine | Welcome to the Man Spa, December/2012
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It's a Man's World, Spalife Magazine Escapes, 2012
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Bodé on CTV News, August/2012
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The Iceman Cometh, Winter/2011
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The Art of Shaving, Fall/2011
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/A\ Morning Ottawa, August/2011
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Grooming Tips, UMM Magazine, Summer/2011
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Grooming Tips, UMM Magazine, Spring/2011
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/A\ Morning Ottawa, January/2011
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Ask Alex, Ottawa Life Magazine, January/2011
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The Dirt on Guys Getting Clean, Apt613, January/2011
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6th Anniversary Event, SNAP Ottawa, January/2011
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Movember Ends, Rogers Daytime, December/2010
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Transported to Another World, Ottawa Citizen, November/2010
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Winter Escape, Ottawa Citizen Style Magazine, November/2010
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Male Waxing 101, Toronto Star, November/2010
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Read some of our client testimonials




"[Following my hydrotherapy massage] As I stepped out into the Ottawa night, I imagined that what I was feeling -- the gust of cool air on my warm skin -- is what others must feel when they step off the plane from Cuba. I had been to another world, but I didn't have to take a plane to get there."
- Matthew Pearson, The Ottawa Citizen

"This is one of those business you root for and want to see succeed. I met the gentlemen who own Bodé a few years ago and have been enjoying their services and products since. Whether you're a dude with excess body hair, you're in need of a massage, you need some fantastic quality shave cream (that's a couple of bucks more then the drug-store brand and far superior) or you just want to keep your skin looking younger then your drivers licence says it should - this place, and these gentlemen are for you."
- Wayne J., Ottawa

"I recently read about Bodé Spa in the newspaper, and was simply blown away by their incredible service and knowledge! I learned more about my skin in 15 minutes with them than I had in my previous 42 years! I am very pleased to have discovered this place, and will certainly be back."
- Derick L., Ottawa

Frequently Asked Questions


General

Q: What's the difference between wax and sugar?

A: Both are equally effective at removing hair, both have the same hair regrowth timeline, and both are equally discomforting. So why the difference?

Sugar only sticks to dead skin, whereas wax removes a micro-layer of skin with the hair. The layer is not enough to be concerned about, except for sensitive areas where the skin is already thin (ex: scrotum, perineum, butt crack). On these sensitive areas, we use sugar.

For the rest of the body, wax is ideal because it is easier to handle. If it is your first time having something manscaped, we suggest that you try waxing first.If you wish to have areas other than a brozillian done using sugar, that limits you to only seeing Daniel (because he has the technique) and it takes longer than waxing.

Q: Do you only accept men?

A: No, we don't accept only men. Between 5%-10% of our clients are women. 
The spa industry is one that has become designed around the needs of women and there is almost no education provided to therapists on the differences for male care. So, men have no where to go.

Spas may accept men, but they often don't have the expertise on male care nor the right equipment.

Our mission is to be a spa for men, by men; meaning its a space that is tailored for guys and it is executed well because the owner and the staff themselves are men. If a woman wants to schedule an appointment, or come in for a service while her male friend is having his service(s), no problem!

Q: What's the difference between an RMT and an MP

A: An MP is an esthetician that has completed some massage training during their certification in esthetics. Their training allows them to perform massages for general relaxation purposes only.

An RMT is a therapist who has completed the 2-year Massage Therapy program and has accumulated over 2000 hours of clinic experience. Because of their schooling and experience, they are able to do more than just relaxation; they can also work with clients that have injuries or rehabilitation needs, or clients that need a particular area worked on. RMTs are the only licensed massage therapists that are permitted to issue an insurance receipt (used for insurance claims coverage).

Ottawa Location

Q: Where are you located?

A: We are at 17 Marlborough Ave. Marlborough is at the end of Laurier, in Sandy Hill. It is the street before Strathcona Park on Range Road.

Q: I still don't know where Marlborough Avenue is.

A: From the University of Ottawa on Laurier, keep going away from the downtown core, moving towards Vanier. You will come to the intersection Laurier/King Edward. After King Edward, Marlborough is the 8th street on your right hand side.

Henderson
Nelson
Sweetland
Russel
Chapel
Blackburn
Goulburn
then Marlborough Ave.

Q: Is there parking?

A: Yes, there is 3 hours free parking all along one side of Marlborough Ave.

Q: Why can't I park in the parking lot of the building?

A: Because none of those spots are ours; they belong to the tenants of the building. They pay for those parking spots.

Q: What if I am scheduled for longer than 3 hours at the spa?

A: There is a parking spot that is reserved for clients that are with us for periods of time longer than 3 hours. When you arrive, park on Marlborough Ave and come in; we will show you where the parking spot is upon your arrival.

Toronto Location

Q: Where are you located?

A: We are located on the main floor at 91 Scollard Street in Yorkville in downtown Toronto.

Q: I still don’t know where Scollard Street is.

A: Going East on Bloor Street, go left on Bay street, then take a left at Scollard street, which is the third street on your left hand side.

Q: Is there parking?

A: Yes, there are 2 Green P parking lots close by; 1 at the intersection of Yorkville and Cumberland and 1 on entering on Yorkville avenue that surfaces into the courtyard directly behind BODÉ Spa. There is also street parking available on Scollard street.