Feeling stressed for one reason or another? It happens to the best of us. Whether you feel like you need a vacation and don’t have time for one, or you’ve been dealing with some unwanted frustrations in your day-to-day life and need a chance to relax, there are a few places in Toronto that can help you unwind. Here are six of the best places to de-stress in Toronto.
Salt cave at Solana
Oakville is where you’ll find Solana, a small spa that’s also home to a salt cave.
Himalayan salt has long been used as a health and wellness remedy and at Solana you can test that theory for yourself – or just have a relaxing session in the cave amid nearly 10,000 kilos of salt. In addition to its relaxation benefits, the Himalayan salt cave is known to be a 100 percent natural remedy remedy for asthma, hay fever and other respiratory illnesses (among other benefits). The cave itself is a 450 square foot space where you are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling salt. Lie back on one of the loungers, listen to soothing music under a fleecy blanket and forget all about whatever has you stressed. Solana also offers massage therapy and has an infrared sauna.
Body Blitz Spa
Women-only Body Blitz Spa offers a variety of soothing treatments, from massages to body scrubs, but another reason to visit is their ultra-relaxing water circuit. Body Blitz’s therapeutic water circuit includes a warm Dead Sea salt pool, hot Epsom salt pool, cold plunge pool, eucalyptus steam room and an infrared sauna.
And while it’s very tempting to stay in the ultra-relaxing Dead Sea salt pool, completing the whole circuit a few times can be really relaxing as well as refreshing to the entire body. The benefits of alternating hot and cold areas (as you do in the circuit) are purported to be many, including an increase in circulation, reduced inflammation, a boost to immunity and pain relief.
This Korean spa is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you can drop by for some serious de-stressing any time it suits you. The spa is home to several different mineral spa rooms, all with different purported health benefits. For example, the crystal room is said to be good for skin care, relief from fatigue as well as neutralizing any toxic contents in the body. Whereas the gold room is said to be good for anti-aging as well as managing stress, reducing pain and promoting concentration. The 16,000 square foot spa also has lounge areas with televisions, exercise equipment, entertainment units and comfortable seating.
Steam at Laya Spa
Laya Spa and Yoga on Queen Street West offers a variety of spa treatments, yoga and waxing, but the modern yet relaxing space also has a steam room that you can enjoy with treatments or on its own. The eucalyptus steam room here is not only a relaxing experience, but one with several purported health benefits including relief from nasal and sinus congestion, detoxification of the skin and keeping viruses and bacteria at bay (especially good during cold and flu season). A single steam costs $25 (without an accompanying treatment) or you can head to the steam room before your spa treatment.
Along with offering traditional spa treatments like facials and body wraps, Sanduny, a Russian banya, features wet and dry saunas (one Turkish steam sauna and two Russian saunas), a lounge area and a large indoor pool. Spend some time alternating between all three, and then when you’ve had your fill, you can sip some tea or snack on something from the Russian-leaning menu.
This spot in Mississauga offers several options for relaxing, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Here you’ll find a traditional Russian banya offering four levels of heat produced by a brick stove. The bathhouse is also home to a Turkish hammam where you can be enveloped by steam, which has the power to soothe even the most stressed out among us. Rounding out the options here is a Finnish sauna that provides a dry, high heat.
Sip tea between steams, and when you’re done you can have something to eat from the menu filled with Russian favourites.