"And the Sun Also Rises" - Sutton's Sunshine center
Ilia Kavoukis and daughter Alexis
By Manfried H. Starhemberg
"The Sun Also Rises" is a biblical quote, it is also the title of one of Mr. Hemigway's most famous books (the one that has the "running of the bulls in Pamplona etc). But, the sun does rise in Ilia's 'Sunshine Center" in Sutton. For five years this place, a former supermarket, has been tastefully decorated, seperated into a number of beautiful rooms which abound with the works of local artists and more than that, cater to the wellbeing of us Sutton folks.
Here you can get infrared sound therapy which does not tan you, but makes you sweat and detoxifies your body, you can have your aches and pains taken care of by licensed accupuncturists, there is a superb hair salon, any imaginable massage therapy, and of course Yoga.
Coming soon is a new addition to the center: Trisha Pope, well known throughout the region as a trusted clairvoiant, but more importantly, a pioneer in "Sound Healing". She gives singing lessens, conducts a choir and knows that through sound and music, beneficial healing effects can be achieved. Considering that many people that worked with her believe in her unique approach of making their lives better, one can hardly argue the point. Trisha is also an outgoing person and met people of all ages at last week's "Family Fest" in Sutton.
Gorgeous Ilia Kavoukis(43), came to Sutton in 2003 and established her massotherapy business. Fife years ago she expanded it into her current Sunshine Center which now has five therapists on call and others who come in when needed. Ilia is a sole proprietor and the other members of the center either rent space from her or, if they only come in for consultations, pay a percentage for the use of the modern facilities. Ilia used to own a restaurant at "Antiques Row" in Montreal but as a trained massotherapist, she finally decided to trade "trees for people", which brought her to Sutton which she had visited many times before and fallen in love with. Her main employee is daughter Alexa who mans the phone and assists in running the business but is also being trained to be a therapist.
Everywhere throughout the center is a feeling of serenity. The large room in which aerobics classes and other group activities take place, is covered with a stunning wallpaper that makes one feel deep in the forests not far away.
How many people come through the center every week? "At least one hundred" states Ilia, but "I do not care how many, the important part is that they feel great when they leave here, otherwise this would just be a business. We try to be more than that, we want to make feel people feel good, relaxed, or even prettier if they use the hair salon. It is all about people".
On a personal note, I had met Ilia seven years ago, when she and I owned identical ancient Volvo station wagons and a mechanic quoted her a ridiculously high price to make a drive shaft noise go away. I sent her to my friendly garage and about $ 65.- later, the problem with the missing grease in the center bearing was gone....We have been friends ever since!