Simple yet opulent, The Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto spans 30,000 square feet, including an indoor relaxation pool shimmering with sunlight, a thermal whirlpool, and an outdoor terrace. There's also space for a pair of steam rooms, a salon, 17 expansive treatment rooms, and a yoga studio. Read on for a closer look at some of the spa's luxurious offerings.
True to Its Roots
If views of the trendy Yorkville neighborhood don't prove The Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto is firmly planted in Toronto, it's treatment menu will.
Snowbird ruby-red grapefruit scrub: Canadians are often referred to as snowbirds due to their penchant for heading south each winter. This exfoliating body scrub treats clients to tropical scents year-round, thanks to its combination of ground walnut shells and ruby-red grapefruit essential oils.
The Cultural Mosaic of Canada: As the largest city in the country, Toronto features a diverse population, one that the spa pays homage to with this spa package. The indulgent treatments begins with a footbath followed by an Indian head massage and an Asian fusion massage, which blends Thai, Malaysian, and Balinese methods for a truly relaxing experience. A classic european facial concludes the visit.
Signature We Are Yorkville treatment: The Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto is proud to call Yorkville home and harks back to the neighborhood's past as a center for free spirits with more than three hours of spa treatments. After a footbath, dry body brushing, and hemp-seed scrub, skin is nourished with a warm honey wrap made with natural aloe and arnica. To complete the soothing experience, clients receive a patchouli-scented hemp oil massage.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Ayurvedic Reflexology
Brands Used: Banyan Botanicals and New Direction organic essential oils
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably, as things can get very oily.
Q&A with the Ayurvedic Massage Therapist
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
Complimentary fresh reverse-osmosis water with lemon, tea, and treats afterward. After hair treatments, [we give you] your customized hair oil for at-home treatments in between spa treatments.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
It's very meditative, as we use music and silence to put the client totally at ease. We move to the rhythm of the music, moving the blocked energy out of the bodies of our clients.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
The rooms are listed on the website, but we offer comfortable couches in our waiting room, candles, a fireplace, heated towels to warm cold feet, and cold towels to cool hot heads.
On The Avenue Spa, the latest project by the eponymous stylist and his wife, Amy, provides more than just a few haircuts and spa treatments—it's a full-fledged experience. “If you're like every salon that's been around for the past fifty years, you're not giving the client something to come in for,” Amy, a former contestant on Shear Genius, told Salon Magazine.
So it's no surprise that On The Avenue Spa is anything but dated. As with all of Woody's enterprises, crisp white unfurls throughout the entire space, blanketing the walls, chairs, and ceilings to create a futuristic vibe—but without the scientists explaining how the only thing faster than light is a scientist's rate of speaking. However, instead of laser beams, natural sunlight illuminates the space, just as Woody intended. “It creates really good lighting when you're working on clients, and brings out the colour,” he said in Salon Magazine. Inside this smartly designed space, the Michlebs' trusted team member Franko oversees all hair products, drawing from an arsenal of products by Wella, Kérastase, and, of course, Woody Michleb Hair Care. Meanwhile, licensed aesthetician Alla administers indulgent spa treatments, including facials, manicures, pedicures, and microdermabrasions.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
OsteoMed Clinic specializes in the treatment of back and neck pain, headaches, sleep and mood disorders, chronic and acute injuries and stress relief.
Depending on clients' needs therapists use combination of different types of massage therapy, osteopathic manual techniques and acupuncture.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Dr.Stan is one of the most educated and dedicated osteopathic manual practitioners in Toronto. MD from Europe with more than 15 years of experience, he studied osteopathy in Europe, USA an Canada and developed his unique manual approach to treatments. In 2014 Dr.Stan opened OsteoMed Clinic
What do you love most about your job?
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The majority of our new patients come because of recommendation by existing patients and other healthcare practitioners. One of the reasons for this, is that we often succeed in assisting recovery when people have exhausted their health care options.
Whether they're walking in for a quick eyebrow wax or an essential-oil-infused chakra massage, visitors to Oriental Falls Spa soak in a tranquil ambience designed for total stress relief. After a lavender-scented mani-pedi or an anti-aging LED light facial, some locations allow customers to don a comfortable robe and head to the complimentary jacuzzi or steam and sauna room to whisk away muscle tension. Staffers offer 50 signature treatments within the spacious wellness centres' walls, which are decorated with Asian-themed prints. A relaxation room invites guests to lounge in comfy armchairs, sip tea, and watch the large-screen TV, and a trickling waterfall inspires relaxation or high-stakes betting on origami-boat races. In addition to aesthetic treatments, the centres' clinical team performs traditional Chinese medical services such as acupuncture as well as homeopathic, osteopathic, and chiropractic therapies.
At Simple Cures, the professional and dedicated staff is committed to providing natural and proactive health services. Balancing integrative medicine, disease prevention, and overall lifestyle improvement, all services are administered under the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, a holistic system practiced for centuries that seeks to treat the core of ailments rather than their symptoms.
At each session, practitioners analyze visitors' body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle to develop a custom treatment plan with the aim of establishing trust and comfort, which Simple Cures finds imperative to meet each client's needs. Once each ailment is resolved, the treatment doesn't end there; clients are encouraged to become an active participant in their own wellbeing. They even offer seminars and workshops to promote health and wellness, designed to provide attendees with the knowledge, tools, and resources to achieve personal health goals.