A dreamy scalp rub, a firm neck/shoulder/arm massage, a soothing paraffin mani/pedi.... How much of your hard-earned cash do you spend on spa treatments? Are you into regular massage therapy, or facial peels, or skin-smoothing services? Are they wish-list luxuries or part of your general wellness routine?
I like the idea of a lifestyle that incorporates spa treatments as wellness necessities, but for me they've always been rare treats. For a week or two this month, though, they'll be super affordable via Wayspa and Beautylicious. This is a good time to treat yourself after a long week, relax with girlfriends or with your man, or try that salon you keep reading about, all without spending a mortgage payment.
wayspa spa week (oct 15 to 21)
"Going to a spa can be quite expensive," says Jeremy Creed, founder of Wayspa, a website that allows visitors to search out a variety of spas and services in a range of cities and neighbourhoods. "For Spa Week, we encourage our partners to put together unique and common treatments all for $50 so consumers of all income levels can try this health and wellness experience." Depending on the establishment, promo-priced services range from skin-brightening facials to body-buffing scrubs to laser hair removal to massages, therapeutic and decadent (hot stone, bamboo, hot chocolate...).
A successful concept in the US for nearly a decade, Spa Week is fairly new to Canadians. Creed launched the first official Spa Week in Toronto this past Spring. Its success helped this Fall's Spa Week (October 15 to 21) expand to include Montreal and Vancouver."I hope for the next Spring event to include Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, and something East Coast," says Creed.
I managed to squeeze in a preview appointment at the Holts Salon & Spa in Toronto, on Bloor St. W. I sit at a computer all day long; my upper back, shoulders, arms and hands demanded a straight-up therapeutic massage. RMT Cindy Rossi delivered -- and she's worth a revisit once the promotion event is over. If you want to snag a Spa Week appointment with her, though, you'd better move fast. According to Creed, half the participating spas are already fully booked. Visit wayspa.com for all the details.
beautylicious bloor-yorkville (oct 24 to nov 3)
This is year five for Beautylicious, an annual concept similar to Summerlicious or Winterlicious, but with zero calories. Specific to the Bloor-Yorkville area, it features a variety of dermatologist, dental, spa, wellness and salon packages offered for $30, $50, $75, and $125. Top-rated participants include Greg May Hair Architects, Tony Chaar, Pure & Simple, Stillwater and Glow Medispa. Holts Salon & Spa is participating as well.
Via bloor-yorkville.com, you can register for a cut and colour, a skin-smoothing glycolic acid facial, teeth whitening, spray tans, Botox and fillers, shiatsu -- quite the broad range of interesting treatments for men and women are on offer. I could ramble through some more, or I can let you hit the beautylicious menus so you ca get started on your wishlist.
Do events like Spa Week and Beautylicious make you want to try something decadent? If you like your choice, would you go back after the promotion is over?