Around the World with DAYSPA: Nordic Spa Traditions

Scandinave Spas’ rinse stations include Nordic waterfalls, cold baths and showers.

Warming Up to Nordic

Although Nordic spa rituals may at first seem a bit adventurous for the average American client, their results are easy to love: Detoxified skin and muscles, better sleep and a stimulated immune system are some of the benefits espoused by Nordic spas.

Here, Nordik Spa-Nature’s Marianne Trotier spells out the elements of a Nordic spa bath ritual:
1) The body is warmed up with a 10- to 15-minute sauna session to open pores and liberate toxins.

2) There is a quick cool-off with submersion under a Nordic waterfall or in a cold or temperate pool or shower. This restores normal body temperature while rinsing off toxins and tightening pores. Blood circulation is activated and clients experience a rush of adrenaline.

3) The client calms down by resting peacefully for another 10 to 15 minutes in a relaxation area until the body system finds its normal rhythm.

Trotier recommends that for full benefits, clients repeat the sequence several times in a row at their own pace, then “top off the experience by relaxing the muscles in our outdoor hot tub.”