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Body Blitz (East)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 6, 2012

Body Blitz East TorontoBody Blitz (East) is the just like the original Body Blitz, just a little bit larger and more accessible for the east-end tranquillity-seeker.

Body Blitz has long been on my list of "Must Try," if only because of its mostly stellar online customer reviews. Seriously, what are they putting in that water?

A women-only spa distinguished by its therapeutic water circuit (I'll explain), Body Blitz first landed on the spa scene in 2005 with its custom facility at Portland and Adelaide. That location was closed for maintenance about three weeks ago; the same time Body Blitz East opened its doors for the first time.

Body Blitz TorontoDeceptively plain from the outside, this new spa is a full 18,000 square feet on multiple levels, complete with its own treatment rooms, showers, saunas, lockers, juice bar, and, of course, water circuit.

The idea for the circuit comes from ancient restorative water practices and is meant to relax, rejuvenate, energize, and cleanse. At Body Blitz, visitors move from a warm Dead Sea salt pool, to a hot Epsom salt pool, to a cold plunge pool, to an aromatherapy steam room, and to an infared sauna in a particular order — a process that is identical at both the east and west locations.

Body Blitz TorontoI arrive a Body Blitz for a body scrub first, selecting the spa's Mint Lime Salt scrub from its line of natural products. The process is seamless with a hotel-like reception desk, a staff member who hands you a robe, sandals, and towel, and another who fetches you for your spa treatment. I'm pretty sure the mark of a good treatment is how quickly you fall asleep — and suffice to say I was struggling to try to not snore away the experience.

The treatment room is elegant and minimalist, and I remark so to the spa therapist as she preps me for my treatment. "It's funny," she says, as she ties on a robe, "some people have said it's sort of like Dexter." Except here you're wrapped in hot towels and exfoliants instead of plastic. Small detail. The experience is totally methodical with every inch of your body — right down to your fingertips — scrubbed and cleansed. Now, normally my ticklishness gets the best of me in such situations (I'm the fool usually giggling like a schoolgirl from my pedicure chair) but I found the treatment totally manageable. The only hard part was hauling my lethargic self up when the process was over.

Body Blitz TorontoThe water circuit experience is a process in itself, where women can opt to enjoy the water in any combination of their bathing or birthday suits. The Dead Sea bath is the first stop and the largest of the pools, kept at a very comfortable 98 degrees. After that it's onto the aromatherapy steam (a strict no-talking zone), which should be followed by a quick shower rinse (plus a little rehydration from the filtered water fountain). Then, it's all about the cold water plunge. Admittedly, this pool conquered me with its 66-degree water, as I only got about waist-deep before wussing out and retreating to my towel. Shamefully, I looked on as a few other women sat and dunked in the pool. Champions.

The circuit is completed with a visit to the sauna, Epsom pool, and a few more cold plunges (shame), after which women can retreat to the showers and try out Body Blitz's mint lime bodywash and citrus shampoo and conditioners.

Body Blitz TorontoOverall, I really think it's the little details that distinguish Body Blitz from the rest (oh yeah, and maybe the water circuit, too). There are extra hair elastics by the vanity, plastic bags for taking home wet suits, lots of staff members available for any and every need (including poolside service). Both locations should be up and running by the middle of December, which should cut general wait time down and tempt weary resisters into making Body Blitz a habit. There really is something in that water.

Photos by Carlos Avalos

Discussion

22 Comments

Faith MacGregor / December 6, 2012 at 02:21 pm
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A women-only spa? You can't do that!! Everything has to be equal, always, all the time, no matter what!

*runs off to file human rights complaint*
Alex / December 6, 2012 at 02:43 pm
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WTF? Why is women only?

hope you go out of business
Sarah / December 6, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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I definitely am going to try this place out. Hopefully they'll expand further to create a mens section to the spa for those interested in the pampering. The waters sound similar to the Qua Spa at Ceasars Palace in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. The Qua has two seperate sides of the spa for men and women, including two sets of the baths.
BoneShow / December 6, 2012 at 05:16 pm
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Where are the Augusta lesbians to protest such an obvious case of gender discrimination!?!
Stephen / December 6, 2012 at 06:00 pm
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One or both branches should offer coed sessions at certain times. In Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria ... there are dozens of such spas that are fully coed and usually nude-mandatory, including change rooms (robes and towels only). All ages welcome at some. Very civilized.

Also, is the circuit mandatory? At European spas, once can spend a full day for under 30 euros.
MrsPotato replying to a comment from Stephen / December 6, 2012 at 08:31 pm
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Most women who go to Body Blitz wear bathing suits.
*sorry guys

Canadian women are generally not comfortable with their bodies.

Haley / December 7, 2012 at 12:17 am
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What's wrong with an all-women spa? I think it's an awesome idea. And frum friendly!
Chris replying to a comment from Alex / December 7, 2012 at 09:41 am
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Alex --- how rude are you hoping that someone goes out of business. There is nothing wrong with this place they are here to help women feel safe in a place of healing. And PLEASE don't tell me that there aren't bath houses for MEN ONLY!
Open your mind
JK / December 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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If such a place existed for men, I would be there weekly at a minimum.

As a guy who loves a good sea salt soak, I have always been envious of women who get to attend Body Blitz. In fact, I have treated a few female friends to this place. They loved it.

Two friends did report the admiring glances and friendly advances of fellow visitors. Which brings me to my next point. While my friends may have been chatted up in a friendly manner, the only "men's spas" with water facilities available in this city are gay "bathhouses" designed for men to meet and have sex, and I don't think they offer a saltwater soak.

When I've picked up my friends at Body Blitz, the ladies at the counter have said that they get regular requests by men and have thought about a men's day. But they have been saying that for years. I guess the perception is that men would make the pristine environment icky.
BoneShow replying to a comment from Chris / December 7, 2012 at 01:43 pm
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Chris, you a dude? Are you trying to tell me that men in general don't make women feel safe, or that their presence makes them feel "unsafe." What kind of message is that sending?

Bath Houses as you suggested have a very different take on "healing" in case you were unaware. God forbid guys could ever get something like this without having a select group of women (not all!) raise a stink about it being "sexist." So perhaps you could open your mind before suggesting fellas seek out a bath house for a Men Only spa experience similar to that offered by Body Blitz.
John / December 7, 2012 at 02:31 pm
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As a frequent visitor to Montreal I go to the spa in old Montreal (http://www.scandinave.com/en/montreal/) which is unisex, guys and girls wandering around in bathing suits and neither my gf or I have ever had an issue here. I wish there was something like this in downtown Toronto. It's about relaxation not oggiling folks.
sam / December 7, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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nah, i wouldnt be envious. i think the place is a fad. there are pesticides in water these days, flouride, bromide, chlorine. i have better ways to spend my money than sit in chemicals. scrub sounds fantastic!
jess / January 25, 2013 at 09:08 am
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I've been once to the Adelaide location and had a fantastic deep tissue style massage. I usually don't go to spa's alone but that day it was an emergency because I kinked my neck really bad. Love the fact that its woman's only spa, regardless of what most of you think. I do agree they should open one more spa co-ed. Great facilities and yummy shakes for the apres-spa crowd if desired is always a bonus while your chilling in the sea salt waters. Checking out the new loction this Saturday. Hopefully it's just as good if not better! Stay tuned,...
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Chris / March 3, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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For all those who are getting worked up over the 'women's only' thing there is a still a 'men's only' golf club in woodbridge. Not the end of the world. Find a new spa or golf club and move on.
Adi / March 3, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Great spa, great customer service, some of the best RMT's in the city. Weekends are busy, but if you come in the evening during the week its heaven.
JK replying to a comment from Chris / March 4, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Hey Chris, I don't think anyone is worked up about it from the point of view of discrimination or something. It's just that there is nothing remotely comparable to this experience that exists for men.

It irks me every time this profile pops up, as I would love to be a customer. If they even had one day a month for men, I would be there. I can see how this would likely create confusion and logistical issues ... it's just disappointing, that's all.
LL / March 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm
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This is by far a piece of heaven! Thank GOD it's women's only. When I need to get away from my husband this is where I go! Best spa in all of Ontario. Sweet ginger milk body glow is my absolute fave treatment! I can only recommend this place!!!
M / May 17, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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@JK - I too find it incredibly frustrating that there are no co-ed hours or a co-ed equivalent of Body Blitz in Toronto. While I'm a woman, and live two blocks from the Adelaide location, I choose not to attend because I feel it's unfair to my husband who is not allowed to come. Instead, we make the drive to Collingwood to go to the Scandinave spa together where the facilities are co-ed. I hear there is another spa opening in Oshawa next year with co-ed water therapies. (A branch of Ottawa's Le Nordik I think.) While Oshawa's still a hike, it's a lot closer than Collingwood! Hopefully someone will realize there is a market for this in Toronto.
Niki / May 21, 2014 at 09:01 pm
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I love this place, I am very ok with a female only spa as there are man designated spas. I also visit Collingwood Scandinave with my man, would love if Body Blitz opened a co-ed facility but that in no silly way, stops me from going to find zen! I enjoy this monthly with my girlfriends. Body blitz, please open more locations and include one for couples?
FunFact replying to a comment from BoneShow / July 9, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Yes, BoneShow. The presence alone of a potentially unassuming man can cause women to feel unsafe. This is NOT because men are inherently dangerous or that all men have harmful intentions toward women. I believe most women (perhaps apart from the exceptionally traumatized) know this. And while this fear (or at the very least discomfort) may not be warrented with every man, it IS a learned behaviour based on past negative interactions, experiences of being objectified/victimized, societal messages that women's bodies are inherently sexual and men cannot control their sexual impulses, and the various ways in which women are (physically and systematically) vulnerable.

It is understandable that you would feel disappointed that this spa and experience is not available to you, and perhaps Body Blitz will open a co-ed or men-only location or time slot (I wanted to bring my boyfriend!), but I thought it was important to share the lived experience of women that contributes to this women-only concept of safety, which may hopefully reduce your (I expect) sense of being discriminated against or caste unfairly as a perpetrator for your gender.

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