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Yesterday I had the most fantastic body scrub and wrap at a spa in Byward Market in Ottawa called the Holtz  Spa.

I had been looking for a place that did full body scrubs, because I used to love them at Body Blitz in Toronto, and this was one of the only places I’d found that did it.  Also, my Instagram pal, MsBelTempo, goes to this spa all the time for mani-pedis, so I was pretty sure I wanted to try it.  In fact, after I did, I messaged her immediately that she needed to try the SayThai Body Scrub and Moisture Wrap treatment, just because she had never actually tried this particular service at the spa.  Let me tell you, if you’re in the Ottawa area, it’s 100% worth it.

The description of the treatment, from the website, is as follows:

SayThai Body Scrub and Moisture Wrap

SayThai is our most popular Body Treatment and delivers 80 minutes of fragrant bliss! A unique blend of traditional Thai essential oils and pure cane sugar exfoliate your skin to a silky smoothness.  Then float away in our Soft Pack Floatation Bed, wrapped in a lemongrass and Kaffir Lime Moisture Whip.  SayThai is spicy, sweet and naturally delicious!

My Experience

The spa, and Begum, my aesthetician, both impressed me greatly from the friendly greetings and professionalism of all the staff, to the lovely comfy robe and massage slippers, to the gorgeous little lobby area and to the fancy dancy shower table and then the fantastic soft pack flotation bed, the plinky plonky music, the refreshing scrub and the lush lotion and the lovely cup of chamomile tea.

What gave me a special thrill was the shower table.  As soon as I saw the room, I knew I had to blog about it.  Unfortunately, and maybe because I was nervous at first, I felt as if I were in a surgical theatre.  This may be because I’ve been through surgery twice in the last two years and lying on the big table in a fully tiled room felt a little cold and surgical.  The aesthetician made  me feel perfectly at home, however, even though I was in a little disposable bikini and mostly exposed to the elements.  She was very good about keeping my dignity intact, covering the bits I needed covered when I needed it covered and staying away from the you know where places.  As soon as she turned down the lights and we started the scrub I relaxed completely with the almost-massagelike movements and then the warm water shower from the full body showerheads that swung over me and back off.

The only thing I would change with this treatment is the fact that the scrub room and the flotation bed/wrap room are completely separate.  I think, as a space planner and designer, I would actually add a door somewhere in between the two so that when that treatment is being done, you can just move into the next room easily instead of going back out into the corridor and down the hall where everyone else is.  It was not busy at all, but I felt the little bit of awkwardness there.  It may be all in my head….I’m not used to pampering myself like this anymore and part of me was feeling a bit out of place because of that (post-divorce remnants in my head maybe?).

I’ve never done a body wrap, previously, so the wrap bit had me a bit nervous again.  One warning about this – if you’re claustrophobic, this may be a bit much for you.  I’m not usually, and they did not cover my face or head, so I was pretty happy and comfortable once I got used to the idea of being wrapped in a sheet and a heated blanket (of sorts).  Then she turned the flotation bed on and it was like floating on a soft waterbed (which is basically what it is).  She turned off the lights and left the room and I will admit that I took a bit of a nap and may or may not have snored a bit.  It was warm and comforting and just so “safe”.

Now, I apologize in advance, because I left my phone in my locker, as I do at all spas, and took NO photos (I’m not sure it would have been allowed anyway), so I don’t have any visuals for you to see today…..

All in all, it was a spectacular experience and I can’t wait to do it again one day!  I may try a few of the other treatments at the Holtz Spa first though – maybe some facials next?


I have not been compensated in any way by Holtz Spa for this post and all opinons, as all opinions on my blog, are my own.

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