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Benefits of Massage Therapy

There are many reasons why massage therapy is good for your health, in addition to the relaxation aspect, massage therapy continues to be one of the most effective, safe and natural ways to treat mental and physical ailments, such as stress, pain, anxiety and depression.

Massage increases and improves circulation to help ease muscle pain.  Increased circulation improves blood flow, removes waste away from muscles and internal organs, lowers blood pressure and improves overall body function. 

Massage encourages a better quality of sleep and also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Massages provide pain relief through applied pressure, muscle relaxation and increased circulation. With regular massage therapy sessions, muscle cramps and spasms, stiffness and body aches are either reduced or prevented. 

Often, headaches are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches, even relieving headaches after one massage session.  Massage therapy also raises the body’s production and release of endorphins. These are stress and pain preventing hormones that enhance mood and boost immunity.

Massage therapy has been found to boost white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.  Massage therapy can increase your body’s natural ability to protect itself by improving the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease.

A single massage can do great things for your body, but regular frequent massages can be even more profound. Massage can help you maintain flexibility and range of motion by working the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, and by stimulating the production and retention of the natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers.

Massage also appears to increase the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, which. improves your mood and makes you feel good mentally.

There are many different types of massage recommended for area specific treatments. Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, while Sports massage focuses on preparing the muscle tissue, relieving muscle strain, decreasing muscle fatigue and tension, maintaining flexibility, increasing circulation and flushing of toxins that build in the muscle after strenuous use. Swedish massage techniques relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, increase range of motion, breakdown scar tissue, decrease muscle pain and increase body awareness.

Relax and rejuvenate in a sanctuary created to heal both mind and body, an escape where our massage therapists provide a personalized spa experience in a peaceful and unwinding environment.



Why You Need A Romantic Getaway

 

Indulging in a romantic getaway at the Old Mill Toronto is the perfect way to escape the city for some much needed relaxation with your significant other.  Romantic Getaways are all about the romance, while getting cozy by a fire, luxuriating in spa services, or just soaking up the memorable, unique setting of your surroundings.

Other than relaxation, there are many reasons why couples should think about going on romantic getaway weekends. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, spending quality time together is often difficult to achieve.

Many couples that are overwhelmed with their own career and job are often compromising their relationship with each other.  Setting aside quality time for a romantic getaway can make your relationship much stronger.  

Spending good quality time together reconnecting with the person that you love gives you a chance to relax, unwind and helps you regain the balance and focus in your relationship. A change of scenery and time alone allows you to reconnect with one another while enjoying each other’s company. It’s just you and your partner with plenty of time to talk about the important things in your lives. It heightens the intimacy and keeps the romance alive.

Sharing a romantic getaway together creates lasting memories.  The gifts of love and sharing quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to your significant other. Relationships are about spending quality time together and bonding.

The Old Mill Toronto’s ideal location invites you to Escape The Ordinary, where your Romance Package begins the moment you enter the lovingly appointed tranquility of your luxury accommodations. No detail has been overlooked to help take you ‘away from it all’. The luxury king-size bed strewn with heart-shaped rose petals, wine, signature truffles, lush bathrobes, and deep-soaking jacuzzi tub for two invites you and your loved one to begin your revitalizing escape by sinking into a candlelit bubble bath.

 A Romantic Getaway allows you to focus your attention on the present moment while you reconnect with each other, and with a little effort, you can bring that same level of mindful awareness to your time together on a daily basis, outside of your getaway.



Canada 150 Event

Our Canada 150 Celebration was a grand success, with both adults and children getting their faces painted to celebrate the momentous occasion. 

Everyone was tapping their toes, clapping their hands and even dancing around the Buffet tables to the catchy tunes and the best of the best Canadiana Band – FIDDLESTIX.

Chef Martin Buehner and his talented culinary team pulled of a great spread of finger lickin’ ribs, BBQ’d Chicken, Cedar Planked Salmon, Carved Roast Beef and much much more.

 We have to mention the delicious Chocolate Fountain where you could dip fresh pineapple, strawberries, marshmallows and rice-krispie squares to name a few.

Thank you to all who helped celebrate Canada 150 in style at the Old Mill Toronto. 

Even the staff joined in with the face painting fun.

The colour theme of the day, of course was red and white, and many people also wore their best Canadian themed clothing.

For those of you that where impressed with FIDDLESTIX (how could you not) We will be bringing them back soon for a special East Coast Celebration…stay tuned!

Until than… all of the staff at Old Mill Toronto wish you a safe and Happy Summer. There are a lot of great things to do in Canada this year — more, even, than usual.

150 ways to celebrate Canada 150 in 2017

 



Canadian Maple Cookies

Celebrate Canada 150 with this simple yet yummy maple-rich cookie recipe. Your house will smell wonderful while baking these cookies.

  • 1cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1egg
  • 1cup real maple syrup
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease several cookie sheets.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar; add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, mixing until well blended.
  4. Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; add this mixture to creamed mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Place balls on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes; remove and let cool on a wire rack.


Wedding Dress Code Terms

One of the tricky things about planning a wedding, involves defining wedding dress code terms. There are a lot of options, and decisions, in some cases, an opportunity for miscommunication.

Heading to a wedding soon? Review these What colours not to wear to a wedding before the big day!

Black Tie: No-nonsense and pretty straightforward, this affair is, in a word, formal. That means tuxes for the gents, formal gowns for the ladies. Definitely an opportunity to head to fancy end of the wedding-wear spectrum.

Formal: At a formal wedding, the black tie may still make an appearance but is certainly optional. Men at this type of event are expected to wear at least a suit and tie, while women can wear a fancier cocktail-style dress or long, more formal dress.

Semi-formal: Still nice, but slightly more casual than its “formal” neighbour, a semi-formal wedding calls for a suit and tie and cocktail dress combination for men and women respectively. Also seen referred to as “cocktail” attire.

Garden party: With summer suits for men, and summery sundresses for women, this is about as casual as you can get and still feel dressed up for an affair. Khaki pants and fun prints are welcome, with a definite emphasis on lighter, nice-but-not-too-nice attire for what is a more casual, but still very special, event. Sometimes you may see this referred to as “beach formal” for an oceanside event.

A guest information packet or website is a good place to present your wedding dress code. Wedding dress code: 5 clever ways to tell guests what to wear

Remember the best rule is to overdress rather than underdress, and if you’re planning to wear a large fashion hat, it’s best to remove it for the ceremony so it doesn’t block the other guests’ view. And you should also remember to remove your sunglasses if the ceremony is inside.



Banana Bread

 
One of our all time favourite recipes – Banana Bread – perfect comfort food best accompanied with a big cup of tea.
 
225g (8oz) plain flour
1 teasp. salt
1 heaped teasp. baking powder
1 teasp. ground cinnamon
110g (4oz) caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
75g (3oz) butter, melted
a few drops of vanilla essence
65g (2½ oz) pecan nuts, chopped
4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
Makes 1 loaf
 
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Mix in the egg, butter and vanilla essence, but do not beat. Fold in the pecans and mashed bananas, using a fork. Again do not beat. Spoon into a lined 9x20cm (3½ inch x 8 inch) loaf tin and bake in an oven preheated to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 50-60 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown and springs back when prodded gently with your finger. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.