Stressed? These are the best places in Calgary for a massage

These are the best places in Calgary to get a massage

Need some respite? I’ve found several super spots for massage in Calgary.

I reckon I’ve had somewhere in the range of 100 to 200 massages in my lifetime. I’m no connoisseur, but I’ve had enough to know who delivers and who doesn’t. We all know massage is about the practitioner, and I recently found a few Calgary massage and spa destinations you’ll definitely want on your radar. Not only do they have excellent staff and treat them well, these facilities also dole out little extras and offer unique treatments that go beyond your basic massage. Want to win a one hour massage in Calgary? Read on for details and to learn about my favourite places for a massage in Calgary.

Couples massage Calgary

When I tapped my girlfriends for their favourite massage spot in Calgary, Stillwater Spa came up time and time again. Located inside the Hyatt downtown, this swish day spa gives guests a complete experience. It’s a place where you’ll want to spend several hours – either before or after your treatment. You can order food here and the menu has a good selection of appies (steak bites!), entrees and even wine! If you’re not too hungry, you can nosh on the nibbles provided in the co-ed lounge. During my visit, there were fresh strawberries, brie and crackers, plus house-made granola and buckwheat honey granola bars.

Stressed? These are the best places in Calgary for a massage

The women’s change room is peaceful and inviting.

Thoughtful touches included a welcome letter inside your locker and a packet of Gehwol bath salts from Germany you can take home with you. Lockers, plush robes and slippers are provided. You’ll want to bring a bathing suit so you can relax in their private women’s jet tub or take a steam bath. Though the spa is situated right in downtown Calgary, they offer complimentary self-parking based on availability.

corporate spa

Stillwater is spacious, too.

Benjamin was my massage therapist, and he was fantastic. I’ll definitely request him again. Ladies, don’t be afraid cuz he’s a dude. He was totally respectful, quiet and was super skilled at working out all my knots. Whoever your massage therapist is, they’ll give you a choice of oils before your treatment begins. They have hagina, which is this amazing Japanese mint oil (that I use all the time at home as it really does reduce muscle soreness) or you can go for something more soothing like lavender.  What’s also great about Stillwater is they offer couples massage. They have dedicated treatment rooms for this service with a steam room, so you can sweat all your stress out prior if that’s your balliwick. 

double massage room

Massage tables are placed side by side for your couples massage.

Massage Calgary

There are three Leela Eco Spa locations in Calgary, but I sussed out their convenient Beltline location in Calgary southwest – just south of downtown. This eco spa supports green technologies and uses products that are eco-friendly. Do you know the Eminence skincare line? You should. It’s amazing. I think you can tell a lot about a spa by the lines they carry and I was happy to find Eminence here.

The women’s change room sports a Balinese vibe with warm wood, a blue-grey colour scheme, lots of plants and no shortage of Buddha statues. There’s also a steam shower, but I didn’t budget enough time for it before leaving. Critical error! A robe, slippers and towel are provided, and you can pocket a few luxe Eminence European chocolates on your way out.

Inside the co-ed lounge, you’ll find coffee and a tea menu, where I sampled lavender lemon, turmeric and Kashmiri chai. Super fancy teas! There’s also the obligatory lemon water, plus fruit and nuts. I should also mention they have an excellent selection of magazines. (Why so many spas don’t get this right, I’ll never know).

When it comes to massage oil, Leela’s uses coconut and you can amp up your experience by adding aromatherapy oils. It was a blustery summer day when I went in, and I so appreciated how the massage beds can be heated. They really pay attention to the small details during your massage. A hot towel was rolled up and placed under my neck while my massage therapist worked on my feet and head. And after they finish massaging a section, they’ll place a hot towel over that area, so you don’t leave all greasy. Listening to Enya and mystic rainforest tunes can get old, and Leela deserves a thumbs up for playing funky lounge music.

wellness wednesday

If you don’t make time to care for your body, who will?

Massage Calgary NW

My friend Melissa of Family Fun Canada recommended Serene Escapes. It’s her favourite day spa in northwest Calgary and they offer an impressive range of services from mani-pedis to facials to waxing and lash extensions. She particularly likes it because you can buy gift certificates at Costco and then use them for either services or product. (Melissa loves getting a discount on her Dermalogica skincare products.)

I went because I heard their specialty is Thai massage. Serene Escapes has several certified RMTs who also are Thai practitioners. Thai massage is different for a few reasons. First, you put on Thai pyjamas and get your massage on a mattress on the floor. Heads up: These PJs are tricky and can be hard to tell the front from the back. Or maybe that was just me?

Anyway, Thai massage is particularly good for anyone who doesn’t stretch enough on their own or dislikes massage oil. There’s a lot of dynamic stretching involved, where they’ll work your entire body with their body. You’ll be poked, prodded, needled, massaged, hacked and thwacked with your therapist’s fingers, hands, elbows, arms, feet, knees and legs. For real. You could almost consider it a work out, except you don’t sweat, but you will leave much less stressed and more limber than when you arrived.

Serene Escapes also offers couples, prenatal, hot stone and cupping massages. Next time I visit, I want to try the 30-minute head massage and/or reflexology. And yes, their Thai massage was just as good as what I had in Bangkok.

asian massage

I think it’s a good idea to switch up your wellness routine and try treatments from around the world.

Best place for a massage in Canmore

Yeah, I know Canmore isn’t part of Calgary. But… a lot of you like to hit this mountain town for wellness weekends. As luck would have it, I found an amazing massage therapist I’ve been going to for several months now. If you’ve got an injury or something to sort out, Tracy Hadley at Wildflower is your gal.

A massage with Tracy is more than just a relaxing rub down. In my treatments, she applies magnets to release the tension in my shoulders (it works!), does cupping, rolls heated bamboo rods over my muscles and grastons the shit out of my scar tissue. All this, plus her magic fingers work out my kinks like nobody’s business.

Where is your favourite spot in Calgary (or surrounding area) for a massage? Let me know in the comment section by midnight, August 1, 2018. I’ll randomly draw a winner for a one hour massage at Calgary’s luxe Stillwater Spa. 

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38 Comments

  1. Jennifer C 25.07.2018 at 16:07 - Reply

    I strive to achieve balance by first ensuring proper nutrition and sleep. I believe they are the foundation of basic health and well being. I also ensure to schedule daily “Me” time. If it is in the schedule it gets done. I treat it like an appointment with myself. It really helps keep things balanced in a crazy world.

  2. caryn s 25.07.2018 at 16:10 - Reply

    The only massage i have gotten of late was from my kiddos!

  3. Gemma 25.07.2018 at 17:22 - Reply

    I have never had a massage in Calgary so I would love to win to discover a new favourite.

  4. Cara Thomas 25.07.2018 at 20:39 - Reply

    I strive to achieve balance with in my life by slowing things down sometimes! In a world where we are always going, moving, doing, sometimes slowing down our pace can make a huge difference! Slow walks. More rest. Gentle yoga. Anything where we slow down the pace from the usual hustle and bustle of life!

  5. LCruz 25.07.2018 at 22:38 - Reply

    My favorite so far is “The Relaxing Wellness Company” at Douglas Woods Drive SE.

  6. Jennifer Doiron 25.07.2018 at 22:53 - Reply

    Silver Springs Massage has been my go to…nothing fancy like these ones though!

    • Jody 26.07.2018 at 09:43 - Reply

      As long as it gets the job done, I don’t need fancy either.

  7. Iffat 26.07.2018 at 01:56 - Reply

    Well

  8. Iffat 26.07.2018 at 02:02 - Reply

    The last massage I remember was 5 years ago during my pregnancy . not in Canada.. but in my hometown where an old woman comes to the house to give a nice but rough massage for easy delivery of the baby.. according to them it helped loosen the joints so that the delivery is not difficult.. anyhow once in Canada I never had enough time with 4 kids and not enough money for a massage.. also I feel somewhat conscious of my body now..

    • Jody 26.07.2018 at 09:43 - Reply

      Intrigued by the woman who’d give massages before the baby delivery. Where was this?

  9. Belinda Berg 26.07.2018 at 04:08 - Reply

    My daughter took me to the Banff Spring spa for my birthday. This is an amazing spa experience from the warm welcome, the massage and then time in the pools and relaxing areas. This is what I consider a dream date with my daughter.

    • Jody 26.07.2018 at 09:42 - Reply

      What a great daughter!

  10. shawna y 26.07.2018 at 09:16 - Reply

    Riverside spa is lovey, great place to go for a luxe massage!

    • Jody 26.07.2018 at 09:42 - Reply

      Great rec! I’ve never been.

  11. Tamara Elliott 26.07.2018 at 09:58 - Reply

    I love Ca Va Bien in Marda Loop because they have a great steam room.

  12. Leigh 26.07.2018 at 12:08 - Reply

    I have only had a therapeutic massage at Glow Vitality – would like one that doesn’t hurt so much. Sign me up!

  13. Jessica 27.07.2018 at 09:55 - Reply

    I’ve been going to the Leela location in Bridgeland for a while now. It’s no frills, but I love that my massage therapist uses cupping and acutonics in addition to regular massage techniques.

    • Jody 27.07.2018 at 09:58 - Reply

      Oh that’s great! I didn’t know they did cupping at Leela. What’s acutonics? You’ve got me intrigued…

  14. Megan S 27.07.2018 at 15:03 - Reply

    My absolute favorite massage therapist is a secret I won’t share (she’s hard enough to get into as it is) but my back-up has been Leela in Bridgeland. I really liked Cindy but she has now left the industry. 🙁
    I’ve had a few good ones there with other ladies there, it’s all about personal preference. I love a really good deep massage once in awhile, and that’s hard to find.

    • Jody 27.07.2018 at 15:39 - Reply

      Awww come on!! 🙂

  15. Maritess S 27.07.2018 at 15:14 - Reply

    I rarely go for massages but I got a gift card to Riverside Spa and really loved the experience.

  16. Rachel 27.07.2018 at 17:26 - Reply

    I try to get a massage in every couple of months and pamper myself when i do so I go to The Spa Ritual in NW Calgary. It’s a beautiful spot that will help you escape the busy outside world for a couple of hours. I see Annette and she is amazing.
    Give them a try for sure😊

  17. Tracy S 27.07.2018 at 19:43 - Reply

    I strive to find balance by getting outdoors on my own to hike or sup! But that does leave me needing a massage!! I have always wanted to try Stillwater. I like Melt Massage in Cochrane a lot! Ashiatsu massage (and regular) with Jehnifer is amazing — look it up, it’s not your typical!

  18. Lorraine 27.07.2018 at 20:05 - Reply

    Oh I haven’t been to one in years so I could not say. But would love the chance to try Calgary’s luxe Stillwater Spa

  19. Rebecca Roberts 29.07.2018 at 14:49 - Reply

    My massage therapist runs her office out of her home. She does therapeutic massage and has helped me through some injuries!

  20. Krista M 29.07.2018 at 17:03 - Reply

    I’ve only been for a massage one time, back in 2003 at Eveline Charles salon in Calgary. It was a hot rock massage a few months after my first baby was born & was wonderful. But I really should make that self-care more of a priority (15 years is a long time!) lol

  21. Melinda 29.07.2018 at 18:41 - Reply

    I go for a massage at Bow Valley Physio.

  22. Anika Bello 29.07.2018 at 20:45 - Reply

    Stillwater Spa is the best ever! I go there for facial, mani and pedi once a month! I hope i can win this giveaway coz i’ve never tried their massage.

  23. Dalila Darc 29.07.2018 at 22:33 - Reply

    As a mother of 3. I try to keep healthy by eating good. I have been vegeterian for 6 years and it definelity makes a huge diffetence. An hour massage would healps too. Im crossing fingers! Already tagged friends on Facebook as well!

  24. Jenna 31.07.2018 at 11:05 - Reply

    The best place I e had a massage was the Banff Springs spa.
    Just being in the spa was so relaxing and how can you say no to the scenery? The whole experience was just amazing.
    It’s been so long since I’ve had a massage since then. I would love another one!

  25. Matt McQueen 31.07.2018 at 15:13 - Reply

    Divine Mine in Douglasdale!

  26. Barbara Craig 31.07.2018 at 16:34 - Reply

    I got a massage at Verde in Canmore about 8-10 years ago as a gift and LOVED it. Always wanted to go back there or anywhere good I’m on my feet a lot for work so I keep thinking a massage would be great to relax.

    • Jody 31.07.2018 at 16:42 - Reply

      And they have those really awesome pressure showers in their massage rooms at Verde, too!

  27. Nicole MacDonald 31.07.2018 at 16:40 - Reply

    One of my all time favorite places in Calgary is Essence Wellness in Marda Loop! Whether it’s for acupuncture, naturopath or massage

  28. Cheryl 31.07.2018 at 18:09 - Reply

    I go see Cheryl at Beyond Bodywork. She gives the most amazing massages I have ever experienced!

  29. Catherine Proulx 31.07.2018 at 22:11 - Reply

    My favorite place to get a massage is at the Lakeshore Spa in Chestermere. There is a new therapist there – Camelia – and she uses cupping and hot stones as part of the massage (if needed)… it’s FANTASTIC!

  30. Sarah Milne 01.08.2018 at 07:17 - Reply

    As a mom of 3 and a life long athlete, a steady balance of escapes to the gym and riding the pathways of Fish Creek on my road bike, eating well and a whole lot of physio!

    I’ve never actually experienced a real spa as I’ve had the notion it would be an intimidating experience, prove me wrong Jodi! 🙂

  31. Cassie 01.08.2018 at 12:15 - Reply

    I am a mom of 3 and life is so busy. Trying to balance them,home,work, life is hard sometimes especially trying to eat healthy on top! I have never had a real massage or been in a spa before so that would be amazing to do! Time to myself is very minimal. Lol

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