April 18, 2015

Beauty: Miraj Hammam Spa

After the brutal cold Winter we had here in Canada I am so happy Spring is finally here! The warmer weather and sun is out which we like to refer to in Canada as patio weather has arrived. But how about the rest of your body? Are you ready to peel off all those Winter layers? And I'm not just referring to clothing. We tend to neglect out bodies in Winter. If you're like me and need a little more T.L.C the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris is the perfect one-stop spa to get your skin ready.

Located in the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, the Miraj Hammam Spa offers various luxurious spa treatments. The two treatments I've been fortunate to experience have been;
Hammam & Gommage Steam + Massage: Pure heaven! In all honesty I had no clue what to expect and no idea that you basically get down to your birthday suit. So, go prepared and not for the shy type. But, no worries as it was very private. Only you and the professional massage therapist.
The treatment; a Hammam massage is a traditional Middle-Eastern steam and full body massage. An eucalyptus infused treatment using black Moroccan soap and glove. When you arrive, you are asked to undress privately and to wear a disposable panty (or you can choose to wear your own bikini bottom) and you are given a sarong shawl to wear into the steam room. The steam room below is the Jerusalem Gold Marble Steam Chamber, when you enter you can't see a thing as it's all steam (you can choose to have less steam as there is a switch off button) but for the full-effect the steam is the most therapeutic.  The steam itself is 15 minutes in length and you're also given a cool water to keep hydrated.
The massage therapist comes in to get you after the 15 minutes and within the same room you proceed to the marble slab. And the actually massage and exfoliation takes place. Honestly, such a great experience! You'll feel like a young Spring chick! All those layers of dry skin are stripped away and you're left with baby soft smooth skin.

Hammam Steam & Massage Treatment
75 minutes $195/105 minutes $255

As for the face, I also had a facial done at another appointment. The Caudalie Grand Facial is a 60 minute facial which included extraction (you can decline extractions). This also included an upper body, arm, hand and foot massage. For me this facial was more of a massage treatment as the focus even on the face was more therapeutic. I do prefer more of a skin/clinical analysis type facial (if that makes sense) where the emphasis is on proper skincare and analysis of the skin. Overall, a pleasant relaxing facial.

Caudalie Grand Facial
60 min $170

The star treatment thus far at the Hammam Miraj Spa is the Hammam massage with steam. I highly recommend this spa experience as it's unique to the city. You can add on the Hammam Steam proportion (without the massage) to any treatment at the spa. Definitely worth a consideration if you don't have time for the full experience.

for more information and to book a treatment:
Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris
Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto
Fifth Floor, 188 University Ave.,
Toronto, Canada

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