The Four Seasons Toronto Bamboo/Asian fusion massage
‘The Bamboo/Asian fusion massage can get quite intense, but I can control that.’
Those were the first words I heard from my therapist Jeff, before beginning the 1-hour treatment.
Without meaning any disrespect to the previous massages I’ve had before, the Four Seasons Toronto massage may just be the BEST I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot of massages!
For me, there are several essential criteria that a good massage has to complete, and this one unsurprisingly ticks them all.
The Four Seasons Toronto massage
Being the Four Seasons, you can only imagine the high standard of décor and design within its grand 4 walls.
Four Seasons Toronto is in one of the plushest parts of town, Yorkville. You can find the hotel at 60 Yorkville Avenue and the intersection of Bay Street. Signage indicating it’s the Four Seasons, at least from the Bay Street side, is minimal.
By this, I mean, you have to walk straight up to the front entrance, or actually inside to confirm you’re in the right place! Once inside, it’s the classic elegant surroundings you’d expect from the luxury hotel chain.
The spa itself is a tranquil haven of subtle granite greys, creams and halo-white tones. In the communal spa lounge area are generously-sized ‘sit-on-me’ sofas. Glossy magazines, and tempting, yet healthy, spa refreshments add to the experience.
The first step
After filling out a health questionnaire in the relaxation area, I met my therapist Jeff.
Warm, friendly and professional from the first greeting, I followed him into my treatment room. Soft dim lighting welcomed me as we sat down for a brief consultation before beginning the treatment.
In truth, I was slightly nervous upon seeing the bamboo stick / rolling pin waiting on the bed. However, the warming scent of the oils quickly removed any apprehension.
Are you visiting Toronto anytime soon? I traveled solo, and had the best time on a local tour. I got to meet some like-minded travelers, and also learnt something extra about the Canadian city.
Attention to detail is bar none
There’s nothing that wasn’t taken care of during the Four Seasons Toronto Bamboo/Asian fusion massage. Jeff went through the standard questions, such as asking about the temperature of the room, to the pressure I wanted for the massage.
The extra details came when I could choose an oil of my choice. I chose the ‘Spring renewal lavender and amber’ oil. It’s not only calming and an antioxidant, but also works well with bamboo.
For a real first in any massage experience, Jeff then asked whether I liked the music that was playing! I’m not sure why I was impressed by this, but I was! I chose the current ‘Spa sleep and dream’ playlist, before Jeff left the room so I could prepare myself.
“For me, there are several essential criteria that a good massage has to complete, and this one unsurprisingly ticks them all.”
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Four Season Toronto massage – what to expect
If you’re looking for a massage that focuses on relaxation and aromatherapy, this isn’t the massage for you. I was expecting to be covered in bamboo leaves, followed by a relaxing massage, but this wasn’t the case.
The treatment’s originally from Costa Rica, and was brought to Four Seasons Toronto for a taste of something slightly exotic. It’s designed to pinpoint pressure points and eradicate any aches and knots in the body.
Jeff applies warm oil to the bamboo stick / rolling pin, and presses hard to massage away my aches, pains and stresses. Even without experiencing this type of massage, I could tell he knew exactly which areas to target.
If I’m honest, there were some times when I winced and squirmed from the intensity. However, Jeff always checked I was okay, and softened the pressure whenever requested.
He ends the treatment with a more than welcome mini head massage, sending me further into a peaceful slumber. By the end of the 1 hour, I was so relaxed in the heated bed, it was extremely difficult to get up.
Four Seasons Toronto massage – Once it’s over…
Though I’d have happily liked the treatment to continue for another hour, Jeff took me back to the relaxation room. Here, I lay back into the strangely comfortable curved lounge chairs, and sipped on my tea.
After an intense massage, I’d highly recommend taking some time in the steam room after — it really helps to loosen your muscles and helps to de-stress even further!
The pool and skylit terrace
One of the additional benefits of the Four Seasons Toronto, is their excellent pool and spa facilities available to guests.
As well as a 43x18ft pool, there’s also a separate pool for young children and a decent-sized Jacuzzi style hot tub.
The skylit terrace is perfect for soaking up the Canadian summer sunshine, and with pretty views overlooking the city to match.
Four Seasons Toronto massage – the sweet-smelling treats
Once you’ve completely tried everything this divine spa has to offer, it’s time to shower and head out. Goodies await in the shower area, with the hotel’s own blend of natural shampoos, conditioners and organic body wash.
My absolutely favorite is the Pure Eucalyptus Showerspa Mist. A few spritz of this invigorating mist releases a heavenly scented steam, recreating the feeling of a spa. It’ll come as no surprise that I ended up buying one after at the spa boutique!
Four Seasons Toronto massage – the staff
I have to give Jeff a special mention, and also the spa attendants that made my treatment so memorable.
“Guests truly don’t go without anything at Four Seasons Toronto, and though the price tag is far from cheap, you certainly get much more than you’d expect.”
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