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The guiding principle behind Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs is discovering your own energy, and its menu of customized massages allows you to do just that. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa offers staples such as the maternity, Swedish relaxation and reflexology massages. Others are unique to this sanctuary, such as the mountain stone massage, which is performed with warm, smooth rocks bathed in Willow Stream balance oil and water. The Alpine Aromatherapy Massage lets you choose which scents to include with your rubdown. If the mountain air throws you off, the Destination Rejuvenation Massage will help you adjust to the altitude by focusing on body parts that are most affected by travel. With the Rockies so close by, skiing is a must-do activity, which is where the sports massage comes in. After a day on the slopes, try the après-ski performance massage.
Duffers should opt for the Golf Performance Treatment, which has been endorsed by athletes such as David Leadbetter and Charles Howell III. For double the amount of kneading, try the four-handed massage, which involves two therapists using Swedish methods. Last, but certainly not least, the shiatsu massage — a traditional Japanese treatment using specific pressure points or what’s called “energy pathways” — fits in line with the spa’s energy-themed philosophy.