Cooler weather gives us the opportunity to slow down, catch our breath, and take some time to be kind to ourselves. Partly because we all need some “me” time in preparation for the frantic December holidays, and partly because Fall feels like a mini New Year – a crisp fresh start signaled by the ubiquity of pumpkin spice. Here in Old Town Toronto, we have dozens of shops and services designed to help you feel and look your best as you strut your stuff into this new season. We’ve highlighted a few here to help you begin your self-care journey.
Bahn Thai Spa
Bahn Thai Spa is the #1 rated spa in Toronto on TripAdvisor and boasts an impressive 4.8 stars on Google Reviews – and they’ve earned them! Since 2014 the warm oasis in the heart of Old Town Toronto has provided a variety of services designed to relax, invigorate, and rejuvenate from their specialty of Traditional Thai Massage to infrared saunas to back-walking. That’s right- back-walking. Live your Charlie’s Angels fantasy to the fullest with this ancient art as a senior practitioner walks across your back, balancing their body weight to provide a truly deep massage. Click here to learn more.
Rebalance Pilates specializes in one-on-one and group sessions for folks working on rehabilitation or pre-postnatal care. If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, illness, or injury the folks at Rebalance are experts at creating personalized plans to help you work with your body to enhance comfort and identify fitness goals you can accomplish safely. If you don’t feel comfortable going into a studio just yet, they have a collection of free pilates instructional and training videos on Youtube here.
Mokara Spa – Omni King Edward Hotel
Mokara Spa is one of the best-kept secrets in Toronto. Inside the stunning Omni King Edward is a 6000sq ft marble tiled spa fit for royalty which can only be described as indulgent. Services on offer include massages, facials, waxing, nails and hair. Mokara is open to all genders, and provides special packages for various occasions, including couple’s spa days and bridal party treatments. You can also check out their seasonal specials page here to get limited-time deals. If you only have time for a short reprieve Mokara offers 30-minute “Wellness Escapes” which include targeted massages and facials. If you plan on splurging (cuz you deserve it) check out their “Royal Rituals”- treatment packages which range from 2.5-4.5 HOURS of bliss. Click here to see their spa service menu.
LIFT Hair Salon
Life is short. Dye your hair.
LIFT Hair Salon specializes in daring cuts and colours that will make you feel your most you + more. The inclusive shop doesn’t charge based on gender but by service type, hair length, and time, and the LIFT team’s diverse skill set is guaranteed to have your hair dreams covered. They also offer a cool service for regular customers – free bang trims in between visits! As getting bangs is a right of passage for folks trying to start a fresh chapter in their lives, it’s the ultimate “this is for me” move. Check out LIFT’s Instagram gallery for inspo here and book an appointment here.
Whether you love long claws or tidy tips nothing compares to that put-together feeling of having your nails professionally done. Nebula Nails provides lux manicure and pedicure services and their paraffin wax treatment and extended foot massage are sure to make your skin feel smooth your mind calm and your body relaxed. Nebula only uses cruelty-free products, so the only tough decision you’ll have to make is whether you’re doing a daring black or classic neutral.
Be sure to check out our full list of businesses here on our Old Town Toronto Business Directory,