I like Calgary as a city. It’s big enough so that you don’t feel bored and yet at the same time it’s not that big that you feel your life is moving at a million miles per hour. For me as a professional gambler, I need two things in a city, good casinos and good places to relax. Having good casinos is a must but having nice places where I can relax is also very important for me. I have to be honest with you, whenever I feel that things aren’t going my way, I cut my losses and go to the only place where I can relax enough to get over the bad beats that I’ve had or letting go of the hands where I could’ve played something different.

I am talking about going to spas. The drinking, the fun with women, and many other expensive things are important, but spending a relaxing day at a spa is a ritual for me now. I have to go there at least once a month to have my batteries recharged and perform at the top level. In this article, I’ll tell you about a couple of places where I usually go to feel rejuvenated.

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1. Riverside Spa

I love this place. I have been to plenty of spas all across Canada and the USA, while they may have been bigger or even fancier in a sense, but in Riverside Spa, I feel at home. Starting from the amazing staff that are willing to go to great lengths just so that you’ll feel relaxed, and down to the services that I feel aren’t that expensive. When I get there, I always start with a therapeutic massage to help my body loosen up a little and then continue with the Riverside Signature body wrap. To change things a little, from time to time I go for the Hot Stone Therapy.

2. The Spa Ritual

This is another great place that I always enjoy going to. I have been going there for quite some time now and have yet to be dissatisfied with the services that I received. When I get to the Spa Ritual, I have to get a Thai Inspired Herbal Massage, which makes me feel like I am twenty again. After finishing with the message, I prefer to have a Sports Manicure & Pedicure and finish things off with a Men’s Facial. Men’s Facial is the cherry on top for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

3. Stillwater Spa

I tend to visit Stillwater Spa on rare occasions, not because I don’t like it or that I’m not satisfied with what I get there, but rather because I want to enjoy it on rare occasions, like when I win a tournament. At the Stillwater Spa, I get the Stillwater Escape package. This package contains a body treatment that lasts one hour, Moisture Drench Facial that also lasts for one hour, and let’s not forget the most important part, the Therapeutic Massage. This is a ritual for me, a ritual that I have been doing for quite some time, and hopefully, I will continue doing so for many years to come.

Written by Johnny Hurst