Vancouver: Escape the holiday scrum with a massage at Smile Thai

The holidays should be a time for hot toddies, chocolate truffles, and lots of cheer—but I’ll be the first to admit that all that mall madness gets to me sometimes (hands off, lady—I saw that dress first!). The solution, now more than ever? The spa. A visit to Smile Thai Wellness (853 Richards St., Suite 103, Vancouver, 604-630-3808,, which owner Austin Sakchai recently moved to a more serene but equally-convenient location near Robson Street, was just what the holiday cheer doctor ordered. While the summer me might have indulged in the Thai aromatherapy oil massage with exfoliating body scrub ($125), the current me needed a traditional Thai massage (from $85). Rather than fall asleep and doze off during the kneading, though, Thai massage is different: The therapist engages you in stretching techniques that leaves you feeling relaxed, restored and ultimately, more energetic—in other words, ready for more holiday shopping.

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