Around the World with DAYSPA: Nordic Spa Traditions

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