The short days, long nights and chilly temperatures signify winter’s arrival, and with it comes the opportunity to engage in an age-old Finnish wellness practice.
Hydrotherapy is a fabulous way to refresh body, mind, and spirit during a day at the spa.
It consists of moving between hot and cold environments followed by a period of relaxation. It brings a host of benefits, including improving circulation while activating the lymphatic system to help detoxification.
The wellness experts at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain have developed several recommend hydrotherapy circuits for their guests, whether they are a beginner or an expert – or somewhere in between.
Completing a hydrotherapy circuit is an effective way to release tensions in both the mind and the body.
“We suggest doing three cycles per visit to really maximize the benefits,” explains Mylisa Henderson, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing and Sales at Scandinave.
Beginners who are new to the experience can start with 10 to 15 minutes in the hot baths; then either walk amongst the trees in the forest around the property for couple of minutes or walk into a shallow cold plunge for up to 10 minutes. Then finish it off with 20 minutes in the indoor relaxation space, reading quietly and planning the next cycle.
There are also progressive plan suggestions to meet intermediate and expert needs.
Guests may choose to spend time in the infrared sauna or the eucalyptus steam room, fully immerse themselves under a Nordic waterfall, or do yoga stretches indoors.
“There are plenty of options available, so guests can customize their experience to their comfort level,” says Mylisa.
She adds that hydrotherapy is particularly popular in the colder months. People love the idea of doing something not normally associated with the middle of winter: walking around in a bathing suit and taking dips in the hot baths.
“Experiencing the beautiful outdoors in our unique environment during the winter is a huge draw for those wanting to get away from the daily grind,” says Mylisa. “We provide the perfect setting to connect with nature while relaxing at the spa.”
Plan your visit
Winter is the busiest season at the spa, but Mylisa says they’re careful to limit guest numbers to ensure everyone enjoys a relaxing experience. Weekdays are usually less busy than weekends.
“Much as you would any other type of experience, whether it’s fine dining or an activity, it’s important to book your visit in advance,” she says. “And if you really want to make it a complete winter getaway, we’re surrounded by nearby accommodations and other activities.”
While there, take the expert advice and complete a hydrotherapy circuit. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it.
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN