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Massage in Toronto

There are more than 2.7 million people living in Toronto, each of them carrying over 650 muscles that could get pulled, sprained, or knotted at any time. Luckily, when it comes to finding a great massage, Toronto has no shortage of quality, trained therapists ready and willing to knead away those persistent aches and pains. But in such a large city, how do you decide whose hands to entrust your aching back (and neck, and shoulders) to? Our best massage Toronto list is here to help you do just that.

Best Swedish Massage in Toronto

Lakshma’s Healing Hands

Swedish massage is the style most recommended for beginners since it focuses on relaxation rather than intensive corrective therapy. But if your first Swedish massage is at Lakshma’s Healing Hands, consider yourself one very lucky beginner. Clients often comment that they had the best massage of their lives at the hands of owner Monika, who works out of a cozy studio in her own home. Here are some of the glowing reviews Monika has gotten from our customers:

 

Monika indeed has healing hands. Can’t recommend her enough. Had a strain in my neck for 2 weeks. After 90 mins I forgot what day of the week it was, and that I ever had a neck. Ask for as hard as possible, you'll be surprised how hard a massage can be without it hurting. Very professional, I will go back.” – Jay P.

 

“Monika was so attentive and helpful. When I saw her I was 6 months pregnant and she was sure to accommodate me and support my needs as best she could. I really appreciated the thoroughness of her approach and her care. A lovely experience.” – Tara J.


“Monika is as friendly as it comes and goes beyond the expectations of customer service when you contact her. She gives a wonderful massage that will leave you very satisfied. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking relief of soreness or just looking for relaxation.” – Devon G.

More Benefits of Swedish Massage:

The focus of Swedish massage is general relaxation, but the benefits don’t stop there. Here are some of the potential benefits of a Swedish massage:

  • Improved circulation. The therapist’s kneading movements help to encourage better blood flow throughout the body, delivering vital oxygen to cells
  • Glowing skin. Not only can better circulation help improve the appearance of your skin, but the massage oils used will also moisturize, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
  • Stress relief. Regular Swedish massages may help to relieve mental, as well as physical stress, which is good for your overall health.
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Best Deep-Tissue Massage, Toronto

Notaro Chiropractic

You’ll have to cross over to the other side of Niagara Falls to enjoy a deep-tissue massage from the therapists at Notaro Chiropractic (which boasts three locations around Buffalo), but this level of relief is worth a bit of international travel. Here, the therapists and chiropractors aren’t just concerned with alleviating your aches and pains for an hour, but aim to truly correct problems through postural and lifestyle analysis in order to bring about lasting change. Don’t be surprised if they even spend some time teaching you exercises you can do at home to continue your therapy long after you’ve left the table.

What to Know Before Your First Massage:

If you’ve never had a massage before, you might have some questions. Do I need to get totally naked? Am I supposed to make small talk? Here are four simple answers to the most common massage queries:

  • Disrobe to your comfort level. That can be mean totally nude or with just underwear on.
  • Shower that same day. No need to run for a shower right before your early evening massage. So long as you showered that morning, you’re good to go.
  • Direct the therapist. Before your massage begins, be sure to let them know if you have any injuries or if there are specific areas of tension you’re hoping to address in the session.
  • Talk (or don’t talk) as much as you want. There’s no pressure to make small talk during your massage. In fact, massage therapists are used to people staying dead quiet or even falling asleep. Just be sure to speak up if something hurts or doesn’t feel right.

Best Hot Stone Massage in Toronto

Body & Glow

Few spa services are as luxurious as a hot stone massage, and the massage therapists at Body & Glow consistently deliver a top-notch service. Clients especially like the cozy spa setting, which is dressed up in soothing tones of aqua and grey, as well as the relaxing music that plays during their treatment. Here’s what else they had to say about their hot stone massages at Body & Glow:

 

I liked the free parking and how relaxed I felt after the massage. Nice calming music during the whole hour. She asked me how deep or not deep to go. Great service I will go back in the future!” – Audrey D.

 

“Sherryl is knowledgeable, friendly and a good masseur. She listened to me on what parts to work on and checked with me regarding the pressure. The space was comfortable, peaceful and clean. I would recommend Body & Glow.” – Carolyn R.

 

“Very clean, relaxing and calming environment. My massage was wonderful as I was asked which areas needed more attention and the masseuse was very reactive if too much pressure was applied. Finally, a 60 min massage that actually lasted 60 mins.” – Adrienne S.

How Much to Tip During a Massage

Tipping, or knowing exactly how much to tip, can be one of the most awkward parts of a massage. Luckily it’s pretty easy to figure out. Just like for most other services, tipping 15–20% of the cost of your massage is considered standard. You can feel free to adjust the actual amount up or down based on the quality of your massage.

But don’t forget—always tip on the full price of the massage, not the discounted price you may have gotten with your deal.

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