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Five-star restaurants know it’s not enough to have great wine or great food, but that it’s the perfect pairing of each that brings out the best aspects of both. Likewise, well-paired spa treatments work in harmony, creating balance and amplifying each other for an optimal client experience. Taking inspiration from perfect wine and food pairings, we looked at how some of Canada’s leading spas combine treatments to deliver indulgence and enhanced results.
Luxury massage and body scrubs
An urban hideaway in Old Montreal, the Spa William Gray is located in the historic hotel of the same name. The 5,600-sq.-ft. spa provides guests with exclusive offerings, including high-end Gharieni spa beds that involve a healing warm quartz massage and Spa Wave sound therapy. Masters in the art of pairings, the spa includes a luxurious hot/cold thermal experience with a Himalayan salt room, Finnish sauna, steam room, experiential showers, cold room, herbal sauna, and a seasonal outdoor pool. The spa features several combined experiences. Among these, massage is paired with thermal therapy and facial treatments, as well as a body scrub (with chia seed, matcha tea, and caffeine) and foot reflexology to stimulate the body’s natural healing and promote deep relaxation.
Cryotherapy coupled with facials
At the award-winning Ten Spa in the Fort Gerry Hotel in Winnipeg, cryotherapy is paired with a rejuvenating facial to transform and resculpt facial contours. “Our new Anne Semonin Cryo Freeze Facial is the first in North America,” says spa director Elena Zinchenko. “This ultimate, truly rejuvenating facial combines marine active ingredients with back-to-back comprehensive lifting and lymph drainage massage, followed by cryotherapy to stimulate cell renewal.” In the cryotherapy treatment, spa staff apply ice cubes infused with active ingredients derived from botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid. The result is a revitalized, brighter, and instantly rejuvenated complexion.
Exfoliation and bejeweled body wraps
Precious metals and gems like gold, silver and diamonds have found their way into facial masks, creams, and body wraps. Benefits include enhanced collagen production, deep hydration, a luminous sheen, and the reduction of dark circles. First, the skin is exfoliated to eliminate dead cells and prepare it to absorb the minerals and nutrients. Next, a wrap is applied with gold-based lotion that imparts a beautiful glow. The treatment finishes with a relaxing massage.
Organic aromatherapy massage pairs well with almost anything
The undeniable enchantment of aromatherapy is matched with an array of spa treatments at Tranquility Organic Spa in Vancouver. One of the spa’s signature organic treatments, a deep cleansing and moisturizing Hydradermie facial, is followed by a massage that meshes essential oils with Eastern and Western techniques. And, for an ultimate aroma massage pairing, clients can select from a delectable array of manicures and pedicures like green mint tea, lemonade rose garden, vanilla chocolate, and lavender milk.