A legacy of wellness continues with Elmwood Spa renewal

    Multimillion-dollar renovation offers four floors of wellness options

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The landmark Elmwood Spa in downtown Toronto is
celebrating 25 years as a standard-setter in Canada's day spa industry with
the announcement of a multimillion-dollar renewal. Elmwood Spa has evolved to
meet the changing needs of today's spa-goers and now offers four floors of
wellness options, a sleek new lobby and retail boutique, a cutting-edge
treatment line, two restaurants, space for special group events and expanded
    "When Elmwood Spa opened in 1982, it was one of just 50 spas in North
America and in fact we were the only true day spa in Toronto," said Marie
Picton, Executive Manager of Spa Services for Elmwood Spa. "While more than
20,000 spas dot the continent today, Elmwood Spa continues to stay relevant -
and remarkably fresh - with savvy spa-goers. We invite our guests to visit the
renewed Elmwood Spa and experience the spa again, for the first time!"
    With more space than any other day spa in the region, Elmwood Spa is now
a complete wellness destination that caters to women and men who want stress
relief and to relax in a serene and spacious atmosphere. It is an ideal place
to gather with friends, to celebrate milestones, to reconnect with a loved one
or to use as your own destination for stress relief and self-renewal.
    Elmwood Spa is located in an historic, five-story brick building at 18
Elm Street in downtown Toronto. Designed by Gordon & Helliwell Architects and
built by Edward James Lennox - the same architects who designed Old City Hall,
St. Paul's Anglican Church and Casa Loma - the juxtaposition of its historical
exterior with modern interiors offers guests a delightfully refreshing
experience. One of Toronto's best Thai restaurants, Bangkok Garden, is located
in the same building and both the spa and the restaurant are owned by Canadian
spa aficionado, Sherry Brydson.
    "It was definitely a challenging experience to renovate such an old
building and we discovered early on that the original architectural drawings
were not very accurate which meant construction plans were constantly
evolving," said Ms. Picton. "This has been a long process, but we believe that
it was worthwhile. We continue to be the benchmark in the industry and the
feedback we have received from guests has been a testament to our renewal

    Renewed design and décor

    The spa's subtle Thai theme begins with a large carved image in the
entryway and continues throughout the 34 treatment rooms and in many of the
lounge areas with the use of Thai silk and Asian works of art. Elmwood Spa's
contemporary new lobby features a retail boutique for after spa care,
showcasing the new ElmLine of skincare products. There is a plush new woman's
changing room with wooden lockers and a lavish whirlpool in bright blue mosaic
tile, as well as a new men's lounge complete with flatscreen TV and a
club-like sitting area.
    The "bones" of the historic building - with beamed ceilings on gables and
cozy spaces - help create a special mood in the new Sapphire and Royal
Couple's Rooms and the private Kashmir Suite complete with fireplace and
in-room shower. The Midnight Meditation Room at the top of the spa is a
cathedral-like space of natural light; an ideal place for reflection and
repose. The Terrace restaurant on the fourth floor is a popular spot for lunch
whether visitors are dressed in business attire or spa robes, while the spa's
Juice Bar offers healthy options in-between spa appointments. With a full
floor of manicure and pedicure stations, a hair salon and a full-sized
swimming pool and water therapies, Elmwood Spa guests can be refreshed and
rejuvenated from head-to-toe.
    The spa's reservation staff can suggest effective treatment options from
the plethora of beauty, body and wellness therapies offered on the newly
expanded treatment menu for both spa "newbies" and seasoned spa go-ers.
Elmwood Spa's team of Spa Care Experts(TM) - including Registered Massage
Therapists, certified aestheticians and licensed hair stylists are trained to
make you look and feel your best. Elmwood Spa offers a world of healing
including its own line of international teas, traditional European massage
therapies, alternative therapies such as Reiki and Reflexology, retreat
packages, exclusive Siam treatments from Thailand and LI'TYA healing rituals
from aboriginal Australia, exclusive to Elmwood Spa in Canada.

    Elmwood Spa signature treatments

    LI'TYA- Binhumarri Body Ritual -Surrender to the power of Australian
desert salts and essential oils. Mineral salts sourced from below ancient
riverbeds combined with native flowers and plants are used to invigorate your
body and soul through a full body exfoliation. Following a warm and calming
shower, you will be swept away by the Miji Kodo massage using some of the most
powerful essential oils in the world. You will emerge feeling alive and
rebalanced with your skin incredibly smooth. The treatment takes just over an
hour and is $150.

    Siam Herbal Tension Release - Experience a Thai ritual that restores and
redirects energy while relieving muscle tension. First, an exfoliating scrub
of ground coriander seed, nutmeg and other spices revitalize the skin. Second,
a warm Thai herb compress is applied to help open pores and relieve tension. A
relaxing massage using therapeutic oils completes this restorative treatment
which lasts 80 minutes and is $165.

    LI'TYA The Dreaming Whole Body Ritual - Rejuvenate the body, mind and
spirit from head-to-toe and outside-in as The Dreaming embraces traditional
Australian Aboriginal healing techniques and combines the Miji Jina foot
treatment, Mala Mayi body wrap, Kodo body massage, Paudi head massage with a
facial massage and a hand and foot ritual. Surrender to the ultimate renewal
and potency of this experience through the power of native plant essential
oils and extracts, earth ochre and desert salts which allow you to celebrate
your utmost potential. Combining deeply therapeutic treatments with a healing
approach, your skin is cleansed, invigorated, restored and nourished. Tired
muscles are eased and energized and all the body systems are rebalanced and
rejuvenated. Nurturing your energy and emotions, the Aboriginals say the soul
of those who receive this experience is left refreshed and 'smiling with
delight'. The Dreaming means 'unforeseen vibrations of creation'. The
treatment takes just over three hours and is $360.

    Elmwood Spa is a founding member of Premier Spas and Leading Spas of

    Visit www.elmwoodspa.com for more information and daily operating hours.

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