This post originally appeared on the Travel Manitoba blog.
Think a day at the spa is only about relaxing? While Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is a fool proof way to shake off stress, it's also a full sensory experience. Discover how to engage all five of your senses at this outdoor spa that you can see, smell, hear, taste, and touch.
See it all
This enchanting spa is tucked away just south of downtown Winnipeg — a little oasis steps away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Nordic-style lodge fits perfectly into the tree-covered neighbourhood, with an inviting exterior that beckons every visitor in. Once inside, you may feel the urge to let out a sigh as you gaze upon lined timber buildings and steaming pools where the relaxation happens.
Visual learners can simply follow the signs to complete the thermal cycle, which guides those seeking ultimate relaxation though a cycle of hot saunas, cold or temperate pools, and a period of rest. Lather, rinse, repeat, so to speak.
Guests are asked to keep their voices down or to not speak at all while at Thermëa. This allows the serene sounds of the spa to help ease you into the land of the relaxed. Let yourself be soothed by the crackle of the fire, or the trickle of the cold waterfall. You may find yourself dozing off to the gentle zen hour music soundtrack that plays softly throughout the outdoor areas, while leaves rustle gently in the summer breeze. Listen for the low rumble of the gong to get ready for the next sensory experience.
Breathe it in
The aufguss (German for infusion) ritual takes place in the Finlandia dry sauna twice per day. Gather into the heated cedar room and enjoy the show as a Thermëa staffer places ice balls infused with essential oils over a hot stove; releasing scents of red mandarin, lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint into the room. A quick whirl of a towel spreads the scent through to each corner of the sauna; aromatherapeutic delight.
Scented stimulation continues in the Vaporo bulding, where two steam saunas release scents of orange and eucalyptus into the moisture-rich air, leaving both your nose and your skin feeling refreshed.
Indulge your tastebuds
Since it is essential to stay hydrated throughout your spa day, be sure to bring a reusable water bottle along that you can fill with brisk cucumber and basil-infused water.
If your body is starting to feel like jelly, an energy-boosting lunch or dinner may be in order. Relaxing really does work up an appetite. Enjoy your drinks or meal on the outdoor patio and keep an eye on the Thermëa website for upcoming foodie packages that you can add onto your spa experience.
You may be thinking: Can this day get any better? It can. After your meal, opt for the s'mores dessert and end your visit with a quiet marshmallow roast over the crackling fire, gourmet chocolate included!
Feel at ease
Designed to make you feel amazing, pay attention to how the Thermëa hot and cold cycle changes your body. In the hot sauna, the heat will work to eliminate toxins while a refreshing plunge into the cold pool will release a rush of adrenaline. Continuing into the rest period, the adrenaline is replaced with endorphins — naps highly recommended.
Ready to enter the next level of rejuvenation? Add the Relaxation Treatment to your visit and feel the pressures of the day melt away. The treatment begins with a full back exfoliation, followed by a warm layer of paraffin wax that is like the longest and warmest hug you've ever had. Be pampered head to toe with a luxurious full body massage, complete with a Mediterranean aromatherapy blend that will ease your mind into a state of zen.