Thai massage—Urban Nirvana's marquee treatment—helps clients restore balance through a blend of techniques, including stretching muscles, triggering pressure points, and administering reflexology. At the start of each appointment, guests enter a private massage area and unwind before a skilled practitioner grapples overhead poles that allow him or her to walk across legs and back, while engaging hands, elbows, knees, and feet to relax tense muscles. In addition to offering unique Eastern-style massage techniques, Urban Nirvana houses a light-filled studio on the third floor, where clients empower themselves through yoga, meditation, and a variety of workshops. Couples and groups of up to four people at a time can be accommodated in the authentic Thai-inspired setting.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Enter our parking lot directly from Belfield Road and enter Unit 102.
Matt Sanchez, one of two clinic directors at Aim2walk, brings a degree in physiotherapy and years of experience to his patients. His partner, Jesse Lown, on the other hand, specializes in alternative medicines such as acupuncture and tui na massage, both of which he studied and practiced in China. They decided to combine their skills to help patients manage pain and overcome neurological issues with a blend of Eastern and Western medical know-how. Patients come to them with all sorts of issues, from brain and spinal cord injuries to cerebral palsy and Parkinson's; the staff approach all conditions with the simple mantra that progress is always possible. In fact, Matt says that his favourite type of patient to treat is "any client that came to us in pain and leaves without pain and with a huge smile … This happens a lot."
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.
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Sunlight spills across rows of crisp white curtains, each knotted halfway up the fabric. These partial dividers fill Tuina’s studio, which skips the private rooms in favor of an open floor plan lined with massage beds and cushioned mats. It is on these surfaces that trained therapists use the techniques of tuina, the ancient form of manual manipulation, to release stress, soothe aches, and improve circulation. Aside from designing custom massages and singing an alternate version of the Gilligan's Island theme song with the client's name in there somewhere, Tuina’s staff personalizes each treatment regimen by mixing in acupuncture sessions, cupping, gua sha, and moxa.
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