Scandinavian Spa - a hit in the wellness world

Find out why this Scandinavian treatment is incredibly popular in the north of Europe and Canada...

Although Canada may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a spa vacation, you may change your opinion, when you get acquainted with Nordic spas. The sharp contrast between warm and cold, otherwise known as Nordic hydrotherapy, is a centuries-old method of relaxation that originated in Northern Europe, conquering the wellness world like a storm.

You may be asking yourself, why are we mentioning Canada in this story? Well, the treatment originated in Scandinavian countries with very low temperatures, and Canada not only has a similar climate, but also has an abundance of rural natural beauty.

Quebec-based Strøm Nordic Spa has a lot to offer you, whether it be about aesthetics, luxury and enjoyment or about the well-being, health and quality of your life. Each spa has its own facilities, but a typical trip to the Strøm Spa can begin by enjoying a dry sauna, before swimming in a pool with water at 15 degrees Celsius, which follows floating down a lazy river, where water has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. For optimum effect, you should repeat this process several times within a few hours, before ending the first part of the story with a steam bath with essential oils and a nap in a hammock overlooking the partially frozen but magnificently beautiful Saint Lawrence River.

In addition to incredible relaxation, this thermal experience can offer you numerous health benefits, some of which you will immediately feel, while others will manifest over time and several visits.

Athletes are a big fan of hydrotherapy because it helps them recover their bodies faster from strenuous training and competition schedules. At the same time, when your body experiences a shocking sensation of hot-cold treatment, your blood pressure jumps and your blood vessels clump. This stimulation activates your immune system, boosting the production of white blood cells, which in turn helps you stay healthy.

In addition, high temperatures open your pores, eliminating toxins from your body in a natural way, while cold water closes them and tightens your skin. Aside from relaxation and recharging batteries that you can enjoy in every spa treatment, hydrotherapy is extremely effective as a method of reducing stress and tension. Cold water enhances your circulation and releases endorphins, helping you feel alert and vibrant.

In the end, to put it simply, modern life is full of different pressures. From social networks to uncertain social and political landscapes, modern society is under greater stress than ever before. Even if all of the benefits we have outlined in this article are under the umbrella of pseudoscience, a Nordic spa visit will give you the perfect excuse to really relax and unwind, or do nothing while surrounded by nature, even for just a few hours.

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