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The Ultimate Day-cation at Thermёa Nordik Spa

*This post is sponsored by Thermёa by Nordik Spa-Nature, however opinions are honest, and my own.*

 

Exhausted.  Physically, mentally, emotionally…utterly exhausted. Sound familiar? This is exactly how I felt, and had been feeling for months. I needed a break, badly. But how can a full time mom get a break between pre-school drop offs, fundraisers, dance class, play group, grocery shopping, laundry, household chores, and a never ending to-do list?

I strongly considered getting myself a hotel room for a weekend, just to get some quiet time, to relax, and recharge, solo.  I quickly remembered the fact that I can’t sleep well without my hubby, and realized that the money spent on a hotel could be put to waaaay better use, a little TLC for me! So, instead of heading to a hotel, I grabbed my bestie, and off to Thermёa for day-cation we went!

What’s Thermёa? Thermёa is the only Nordic spa in the Canadian prairies, that combines heat therapy (thermotherapy) with massage therapy, and it’s located only 20 minutes from downtown Winnipeg. The spa’s facilities offer various types of massages and body treatments, as well as have 4 different sauna’s, a hot pool, warm pool, cold pool with waterfall, numerous relaxation areas, bonfire pits, and a restaurant. Sounds amazing, right?!  IT WAS!!!

 

                                                                              Photo courtesy of Nordik/Photolux

                                                                                Photo courtesy of Nordik/Photolux

                                                                                Photo courtesy of Nordik/Photolux

                                                                                Photo courtesy of Nordik/Photolux

                                                                                Photo courtesy of Nordik/Photolux

Our day-cation experience began with a glorious 90 minute hot stone massage, yes, that’s right, an hour and a half!!!  I had absolutely no clue what a hot stone massage entailed, but was beyond excited to find out! A hot stone massage involves gentle pressure, essential oils (Eucalyptus is my fave), hot towels, and the use of hot volcanic stones to release tension. If you’ve never had a hot stone massage before, oh my goodness, get one, ASAP!  I have never SOOO RELAXED in my entire life.  Shout out to Lynne and Dawwna who were our massage therapists, they were so professional and wonderful!

 

Next up we did the Thermёa’s signature Thermal Cycle, this is everything!!!  The Thermal cycle is a Nordic relaxation ritual, and one that’s over 2000 years old. It’s also a form of heat therapy where one alternates between hot and cold, and follows with a rest period, it will improve your physical and mental health-Yes please! To successfully complete the Thermal cycle, Thermёa recommends doing the cycle in order, three times. I can’t even begin to describe to you how peaceful and relaxing this experience was. Both my friend and I fell asleep during the rest period, and for those who don’t know,  I am an insomniac and an extremely anxious person, therefore not someone who can fall asleep easily, let alone nap in the middle of the day, so that alone was worth the visit!

Following our thermal experience we dined in the Restӧ, where the dishes are both healthy and gourmet, and are inspired by local flavors and made with the finest, fresh, seasonal ingredients. The best part is, almost everyone dines in their swimsuits and robes! We also did, because we wanted to go back into the hot pool and relaxation rooms again after eating our tasty appy’s, meal, and sipping on some bubbly!

 

I have to say that this was by far the most relaxing day of my entire life.  We spent a total of 8 hours at Thermёa, and it was beyond glorious!  A peaceful day-cation at Thermёa spa is exactly what this overtired and overworked mama needed! I definitely plan to visit Thermёa more often for some R & R, and if you live in Winnipeg, (or ever come to the city) I highly recommend heading down for a wonderful, stress-free day!

Now tell me, what type of massage from Thermёa would you like to try most: hydrothermea, mom-to-be, hot-stone, Swedish, or deep tissue? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!

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