Thermëa Spa in Winnipeg can be the perfect winter oasis, and the perfect spot for relaxation in the summertime, too. Surrounded by nature and providing a variety of saunas and pools, this post details how to get the most out of Thermëa Spa Winnipeg:
The first sauna was created by Finnish nomads nearly 10,000 years ago. Its first form was primitive, just a pit dug into the earth which was heated and then covered shut with animal skin. Over time, though, these holes in the ground evolved to become little stand-alone huts, usually made of wood. Today, saunas are a huge part of Finnish culture; in fact, estimates claim that thecountry of 5.3 million people is home to 2 million saunas! According to a traditional, 2,000-year-old Nordic practice, one should follow time in a sauna with a plunge into an icy river, cold pool, or cold shower --- or even by rolling around in the snow!
Thermëa specializes in a wellness technique called Nordic thermotherapy , also referred to as thermal cycling or Nordic heat therapy. The premise of this practice is that, in line with the traditional Nordic method, you spend time in a hot sauna, immediately immerse yourself in very cold water, then rest and repeat.
Here's how the process works:
This process has an enormous range of benefits on both the body and the mind. For example, the ritual itself is intensely relaxing and can relieve tension, stress, and fatigue, as well as promote rejuvenation and improve mental alertness. It can also promote healing in the body, lead to better sleep, lower blood pressure, tone and tighten the skin, improve digestion and nutrient absorption, increase flexibility, and stimulate the immune system. Athletes often rely on the use of saunas for speedy recoveries from injuries, improvements in lung capacity and breathing, and relief from aches, pains, and sore muscles.
Thermëa Spa is made up of 4 pools of differing temperatures, 4 saunas of differing styles, and 7 indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.
The four pools are:
The four saunas --- each with a distinct layout, makeup, source of heat, and temperature --- are:
The seven relaxation areas are:
Here's a closer look at how the Thermëa thermotherapy process works:
The spa itself recommends that you choose a level of intensity based on your experience (or lack thereof) with thermal cycling and Thermëa. Regardless of your preferred degree of extremity, though, the premises are the same.
I like to spend 5 to 15 minutes in any one of the site's saunas (Vaporo, Barik, or Finlandia), depending on which has the atmosphere and temperature I'm feeling at the moment.
Next, I spend 5 to 15 seconds in either of the cold pools: Icebër/Polabër -- or if it's super cold, I just take a brisk walk in the chilly air. This acts as a shock to the body which signals the release of adrenaline.
Then, I spend 20 minutes resting in any of the relaxation areas or hanging out in a warm pool. To name a few: relax in the comfortable and temperate Tempër pool or the warm and bubbly Gëser hot tub; visit the Resto for a coffee, a cup of tea, or a bite to eat; cozy up next to the Fläm fire pit; or, simply relax in the calm Relaxa pavilion.
After that 20 minutes, follow these steps all over again to repeat the cycle! Thermëa recommends that guests complete the process 3 to 4 times in total for maximum benefit, but I've been known to hang out there all day.
Thermëa, like other spasI've loved before, provides the perfect opportunity to relax, whether for an hour or two or all day. It's particularly magical when snow is falling, but the great news is there's no bad time to be soaking in a hot pool or getting the benefits of a sauna. Enjoy.
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