Well was I ever missing out. Massages in general are fantastic, but my Thai massage at Toronto’s Urban Nirvana was beyond. I immediately began telling everyone I know that they must experience this treatment for themselves.
I’m eager to meet with my therapist and experience what Lisa says will be like someone guiding my body through yoga movements. The treatment room at Urban Nirvana is soothing and peaceful, almost making you forget you’re steps from the bustle of Yonge St. About six cabana-like areas are divided by curtains where your private massage takes place. I change into the comfy cotton t-shirt and pants provided (standard Thai massage wear) and lie on mat as my therapist, Nok, arrives. She greets me with “Hello” in Thai and bows her head. Nok has been practicing authentic Thai massages for four years, and learned her technique in Thailand.
The massage begins at my feet working up towards my head. Using a combination of her knuckles, elbows, thumbs and forearms, Nok kneads my muscles and stretches my limbs. By the time she finishes with one of my legs I feel totally relaxed and calm. I’m being expertly pulled and stretched to loosen the tight tissue in my back and shoulders with movements that are a lot like what you would practice in yoga, only when someone else performs them on you the outcome is so much more effective. My usual stiffness just seems to melt away as I let go of the chaos from my day, and remember to inhale and exhale as I’m stretched.
Massages start at $90 for 60 minutes.
895 Yonge St. 2nd Floor
--- Daniela DiStefano