For visitors to Mont Tremblant, a unique place to rejuvenate and help those muscles is Spa Scandinave.
Located approximately 15 minutes from the ski resort, the spa is surrounded by trees and on a spot right beside a river.
A series of wooden buildings, connected by pathways to the outdoor pools, house change rooms, sauna, steam room and relaxation rooms. And the pattern is this – first start with hot, whether an outdoor pool or steam or sauna, then a dip in cold – outdoor pool, ice shower, ice waterfall or river dip and then relaxation, sitting quietly in one of the warming rooms, gazing out at the scenery.
This spa employs a traditional Scandivanian therapies – the uses of hot and cold in the outdoors as well as offers massage and other facial and body treatments.
The spa encourges quiet conversation and silence, in order to focus on relaxation, and recommends repeating the cycle four to six times to increase circulation, purge toxins and encourage rejuvenation of mind and body.
So is it hard going from 38C to 12C? As my friend said to me and I repeated to her – don’t think about it! It does feel cold and yet also makes you feel alive – I guess that increased circulation really does have a sensation.
The several warming rooms are the key – they let your mind calm and your body let go of its daily stress. My favourite was the one located at the farthest end, it had reclining chairs which would easily encourage a nap or yoga mats placed in front of a large picture window, perfect for doing some stretches and admiring the wilderness.
So although the outside temperature was well below zero, I went from hot to cold to warm – repeatedly, willingly and happily.
For more information: Spa Scandinave