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Put your personal wellness first this New Year with help from these local Richmond businesses

Start the new year on a positive note with these local businesses that promote wellness from the inside out

As we bid adieu to another year, there is one more gift that you won’t find under the tree. While the loving yet collective chaos of the holidays has come and gone, the end of the year bestows the gift of reflection, and the opportunity to look ahead while actively continuing to learn, plan and grow. 

For many, prioritizing personal wellness is a common avenue to pursue. However, while having good intentions is half the battle, it can be challenging to know where to start, and even more difficult, too, to remain consistent. 

Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. These local Richmond businesses want to help you seek and stick to your 2024 personal wellness goals. 

Raintree Wellness Spa

Raintree has been delivering exceptional experiences in advanced skincare and relaxation for nearly 20 years. Photo via: Raintree Wellness Spa.

While it’s true when they say that beauty is only skin deep, there is something to be said about how looking your best on the outside can help you feel your best  on the inside. This New Year, look and feel your best with effective and affordable treatment options at Raintree Wellness Spa.

Raintree Wellness Spa has been delivering advanced skincare for nearly 20 years by providing exceptional experiences delivered by a team of  warm and welcoming skincare professionals.  

“No one should let aging or skin concerns prevent them from looking their best,” says Lisa McFadden, owner of Raintree Wellness Spa, “especially when such exciting results are possible from treatments using a combination of laser and radio frequency to treat sun damage, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and to lift sagging skin on the face, neck and body, bringing back the confidence to look and  feel your best.”

Raintree takes a gentler approach to medi-spa services, opting for treatments that are more comfortable for guests, while delivering brighter, tighter and more youthful looking skin. 

Raintree chooses their professional skin care products carefully, with formulations that favour natural ingredients with high tech delivery systems that are created with renewable electric energy and packaged to minimize environmental impact.

For a limited time, Raintree Wellness Spa is offering specially priced rejuvenation packages for both face and body to help you commit to and remain consistent with your 2024 self-care goals. 

Learn more and book your complimentary consultation today at

HP Mental Health Counselling Inc. 

DaDa (Hoi Pan) Cheng, MSW, RSW, RCC, counsellor at HP Mental Health Counselling. Photo via: HP Mental Health Counselling.

We all experience difficulties due to various life circumstances – whether from our pasts or fear of the future – that can cause us to struggle to move forward. As the New Year begins, it gives us a fresh start and an opportunity to implement positive changes. 

This new beginning presents an ideal chance to develop emotional intelligence, unpack and understand your stressors, and establish healthy coping mechanisms to help pursue your ideal self and intended goals. 

This journey to mental wellness is paved with vulnerability, and it is crucial to acquire and practice skills that bolster that emotional resilience. The well-trained, experienced professionals at HP Mental Health Counselling Inc., including DaDa (Hoi Pan) Cheng, MSW, RSW, and RCC, help clients uncover strategies to cope with life’s challenges while providing an enhanced understanding of themselves and their unique needs.

By focusing on self-care and increasing self-compassion, clients can perform the necessary internal work to listen and identify their personal needs while paying themselves the same kindness and understanding they would for others. This reflection can lead to positive outcomes and improvements in interpersonal skills, promoting healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

This New Year, pledge to prioritize your emotional well-being and embark on a path that leads to a more balanced, peaceful, and compassionate year. Book an appointment today here.

Pegasus Integrated Health INC.

Caroline Klemens and Angelina Lam, Registered Dieticians from Pegasus Integrated Health INC. Photo via: Pegasus Integrated Health INC.

As we stand on the brink of a new year, many are drawn to setting ambitious resolutions, particularly surrounding our health and weight goals. However, the all-too-familiar cycle of adopting a new diet only to abandon it within a few months can leave us feeling frustrated and defeated.

The problem with these resolutions is that they often involve drastic changes that are simply not feasible in the long term. The solution, however, lies in the power of cultivating sustainable habits—making gradual adjustments that strengthen over time. 

That’s where Caroline Klemens and Angelina Lam, Registered Dietitians from Pegasus Integrated Health INC. come in. 

Pegasus’ team of expert dietitians introduces clients to the transformative power of dietitian services through unique packages such as the Chronic Disease Management, Understanding Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Transformative Health packages. These programs include an initial consultation to discuss ways to meet your health needs through assessing your current habits, eating pattern and lifestyle. You will receive customized recommendations and an action plan to meet your nutrition goals. Through regular follow ups, the dietitians can work with you to make these goals sustainable and support you along the way.

Klemens and Lam celebrate your progress while allowing you to make sustainable changes for a healthier, happier future—this year and beyond.  

Don't underestimate the power of nutrition in achieving your best self. Schedule your first dietitian counselling session and embark on your new health journey today by visiting


Enjoy delectable, convenient, and cost-efficient dishes. Photo via: MealsAWeight.

Excessive indulgences can make emerging from the holiday hibernation much harder once the new year rolls around and it’s time to get back into a routine. 

Luckily, MealsAWeight makes healthy eating delicious and convenient with prepped meals delivered straight to your house or office. For the past 11 years, owner and operator Ellie Jubene has made it her mission to help thousands of clients eat healthy and conveniently by offering services that provide high-quality meals made from top-shelf organic ingredients, without sacrificing flavour.

Did we mention their chefs also grow and dry their own herbs and create their own sauces? Everything is customizable and made with so much love, making it the most convenient “diet” you’ll ever be on!

This year, invest in food that makes you feel good while tasting fantastic. Whether you’re an on-the-go parent or looking to establish a healthier work-life balance, enjoy delectable, convenient, and cost-efficient dishes while prioritizing nutrition and health. 

On top of well-balanced meals, MealsAWeight also offers snack options, as well as catering services for small gatherings and corporate lunches. 

For a limited time, MealsAWeight is offering 15% off your first order when you mention code RmndPrep —take advantage before it’s too late!

Start your 2024 on a healthy note and check out the various menus and package options at

Vision Plus Optometrists

Serving at the heart of Steveston since 2012, Vision Plus is the longest-established optometry clinic in the area. Photo via: Vision Plus Optometrists.

Gaze upon your future 2024 prospects with the gift of crystal clear vision.

Vision Plus Optometrists is a full-scope optometry practice providing top-tier eyecare, exams, and polished yet practical eyewear services to the community. Priding itself on being at the forefront of technology, clients can expect the best of the best, including an Optos retina scanner that provides an 'optomap' of the retina with less reliance on pupil dilation. 

The practice’s medical experts, led by Dr. Jolene Sun and her fellow optometrists conduct comprehensive eye examinations in both English and Cantonese. Together with their experienced opticians, the team can advise on the newest design in spectacle lenses, especially for progressive lenses which have utilized AI technology to provide optimal vision. 

The latest addition to its suite of professional services is a myopia control treatment, utilizing technology and treatment expertise to prevent the progression of nearsightedness (myopia). 

Serving at the heart of Steveston since 2012, Vision Plus is the longest-established optometry clinic in the area, and your go-to to ensure your vision is 20/20 for 2024.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today at