Those Scandinavians knew what they were doing. If you’ve never been to a Nordic Spa, well, we are happy to lead you to bliss. The age-old concept is based on a circuit of thermal waters that take your body through a complete cleansing and physical conditioning. Because you are moving between hot and cold temperatures, followed by a period of deep relaxation, improved blood circulation is one of the major benefits.

The first stop on the Nordic Spa circuit is usually a dry sauna or steam bath, which raises your body temperature to dilate pores and flush out toxins. The next stage of this water therapy involves a cold shower or a very chilly dip in a sub-zero pool. Grin and bear it – we swear it’s good for you! To get the most out of this hyper hydrotherapy experience, the sequence is repeated three or four times with breaks for cozy relaxation throughout.

Nordic spas are typically found in epic natural environments, combining the benefits of hydrotherapy and Scandinavian bath rituals with nature and relaxation. It’s the ultimate winter warm-up, yet this invigorating day spa experience can be had year-round.

Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant is a haven of peace and tranquillity, nestled on the shores of the Diable River in Quebec. This spa offers the rejuvenating experience of Scandinavian Baths in a peaceful and natural environment. Invigorate and cleanse your body and mind in a cycle of hot baths, refreshing rinses and rest, then melt away with a relaxing massage while breathing in the invigorating country air.

Widely recognized for its energizing and relaxing effects, the Scandinavian Baths experience here cleanses the body; the hydrotherapy sequence stimulates blood circulation and the release of endorphins. All of the senses are awakened, muscles are soothed, and a general sensation of wellbeing washes over you, so you emerge feeling calm yet invigorated.

Occurring in three stages, just a few hours are required to fully enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. In sequence, first heat the body in the Eucalyptus steam bath, hot baths or wood-burning Finnish sauna. Then, cool the body quickly in the Nordic waterfall, cold plunges or shower. Finally, relax in the solarium, hammocks, on a terrace or beside the outdoor fireplace.

In Quebec, Strøm Spa Nordique Île Des Soeurs offers an array of services including massotherapy, beauty treatments and healthy dining in addition to hydrotherapy, providing a unique nordic relaxation experience in an exceptionally beautiful natural setting. Located on the edge of Lac des Battures on Nuns’ Island, their facilities promote complete rejuvenation twelve months a year, rain or shine.

In addition to their massage offerings – a rich list of treatments adapted to specific needs, all provided by certified massage therapists – Strøm Spa offers face, body and hand and foot treatments to enhance the natural beauty of the skin and complete the experience.

Intrigued? Canada is home to many incredible Nordic spas. Find a location near you at WaySpa.com.

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