About Us – Natural Health and Beauty Boutique and Spa
BodySense opened in its current location, the historic Collins Hotel, in October of 2008. The company started in 1999 as the Dundas Electrolysis Clinic. Its focus was electrolysis and offered a few personal care products. Due to her ongoing passion for natural health and body care, and the public’s growing interest in alternative health and personal care, owner Sandra Gemin expanded the business to provide a variety of health and beauty products and services. BodySense’s mission is to create a safe haven where you can come and explore your beauty in all the senses of the word, both inner and outer. We are committed to assisting you in your personal growth, be it physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual. Welcome to BodySense!
Sandra’s Story – New Beginnings
My interest and eventual love of nature’s magic began in 1990 at the age of 25 when I had to undergo brain surgery. I have tremendous respect for modern medicine. It saved my life; however, I learned that it could not address all of the health issues that resulted from my surgery. Post-surgery, I was plagued with migraines that were often debilitating. I took all sorts of medicines, both prescription and over the counter, to cope with the pain and nausea. This in turn created stomach and digestive issues which I, of course, treated with more pharmaceuticals. In addition, my childhood friend eczema returned with a vengeance. I didn’t know it then, but I later learned how closely the health of one’s skin is related to the health of their digestive system. As I approached my 30’s, I began researching alternative natural remedies for symptom relief. The first herbs I took were ginger and turmeric; ginger for the nausea and turmeric for pain and inflammation. Bingo! I discovered nature’s gifts and a healthier way. I changed my diet, learned more about healthy living and was reborn. Eventually my kitchen and bathroom cupboards became home to only unprocessed, natural and organic foods and body care products. By my early 30’s, the eczema on my legs became so bad that I could no longer shave them or walk with bare legs. I met an electrologist who helped me begin my journey of hair removal. My hope was that my legs would heal if the hair was gone. The treatment helped, however, the real cure was healing my digestion. In 1999 I opened the Dundas Electrolysis Clinic focusing on electrolysis and laser hair removal. With every year my knowledge and respect for natural health care increased. I went to a naturopath, researched healthy products, and took holistic body training to add to my professional services. I also changed the company name to BodySense. At the same time, I found myself travelling to other cities to find good natural body, hair, and cosmetic products. I wished I could go to one store that had everything I needed, plus great service. Then came my “aha” moment: why can’t that business be right here in Dundas? I wanted to offer services that made people feel good and were good for the body. I wanted to offer a healthy and effective alternative to mainstream body care. In 2010 I found a new location, and here we are. (And yes, my legs are healthy and eczema free.:)) BodySense is a natural health and beauty boutique and spa. It is an answer for the mainstream woman looking to make healthy changes and for those of us who already shop natural. It is a place to get great service and a cup of tea!