Beauty Fitness & Spas

BeautyFitnessSpas There’s  no doubt that being in Whistler can rejuvenate the spirit, restore the soul, free the mind. Sometimes all it takes is something as simple as one killer alpenglow, when the sun sets for the day and the mountains come alive in a soft smoldering blush.

It somehow puts things — the world and your place in it — into perspective.

In this kind of majestic natural setting, the time is ripe to take advantage of healing, restoring, and refreshing your body and soul.

There’s no better place to do that than here with a host of spas and salons to tempt the outer body, and yoga studios and fitness centres to satisfy the inner you.

Perhaps this is the time to experiment with a new kind of relaxation treatment like reflexology, or shiatsu, or a traditional Thai massage. Just think about what it feels like after an hour or so at the will of some magical masseur’s hands.

Then again, maybe this is your opportunity to test your physical limits with something other than skiing or snowboarding. This is Whistler, after all. We know about exercise. We’re good at it and we want you to be good at it too. Have you ever scaled a climbing wall? Or found health and wellbeing in a yoga class? What about pushing your limits at a spin class?

If that makes you exhausted just thinking about it, maybe you need to paint your nails, cut your hair, or get a facial. The point is: you’re in Whistler and it’s time to indulge.

 

Pamper yourself from head to toe

From your head and shoulders to your knees and toes, and any other part of your body needing attention, this is where your aches, your pains and your whims can be satisfied. Here’s the head-to-toe rundown on what’s at your fingertips in Whistler. Let’s start at the top and work our way down.

 HEAD:  There are some award-winning hairstylists hiding in these mountains. You can trust them to work their transformative magic with scissors, colour and a blow dryer. If you’re looking for some inner headwork, a chance to clear the mind, there’s a choice of yoga classes for any level — from the uninitiated, unsure beginner to the top yogi gurus.

SHOULDERS:  As you begin to forget about the stress of everyday life, and the shoulders begin to loosen up, it soon becomes abundantly clear that they need some tender, loving care. You’ve come to the right place. Whistler is a shoulder Shangri-la. Shoulders here can find sweet relief in a light aromatherapy massage or get warmed from the inside out in a hot stone treatment. Give your shoulders some love. If not for any other reason that they’re holding up your head and they deserve some attention too.

 KNEES:  There are only so many moguls and deep powder days that the knees can withstand before they start to let you know that, though they may not be pretty, they have feelings too. If you have a knee query, it can be answered in Whistler where our physiotherapists have probably seen more knee issues per capita that any others the world over.  

TOES:  Crammed as they typically are into ski boots for half the year, Whistler’s toes can be a tad tired, to put it mildly, particularly in the deep winter. The estheticians here have seen it all. So breathe some life into those digits! Trim the nails, buff the soles and paint them red or purple or silver. It’s been said, but not proven, that fire engine red nails can make you ski a little faster. Prove the theory! Put your feet in the hands of trusted experts at Whistler’s spas. And, while you’re at it, why not get some flashy fingernails too? You’re in Whistler. Time to live on the edge.

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TYPES OF MASSAGES

If you look hard enough, there’s a spa in Whistler that offers just about any treatment you desire. Here are five to consider.

Shiatsu

Also known as acupressure, Shiatsu therapists employ pressure with thumbs, fingers, and palms along the meridians to unblock energy and facilitate the optimal flow of ki, the body’s life force. Benefits include detoxification, stress reduction and increased mental/spiritual awareness.

Thai

Traditional Thai massage incorporates stretching, yoga positions and occasionally, acupressure. Practitioners use hands, locked arms – and sometimes feet – to apply firm pressure along the Sen lines, stretching the entire body. Benefits include relaxation, flexibility and enhanced energy.

Aromatherapy

Often used in conjunction with massage, aromatherapy uses essential oils to affect your mood and/or health. Different oils produce different benefits ranging from enhanced digestion, headache reduction, increased circulation, relaxation and eased respiration.

Hot Stone

Heated stones are used both to massage and to relax muscles, allowing the therapist to work deeper into the muscle. Variations heat stones in hot water and coat them in oil, arranging them along both sides of the spine.

Reflexology

Reflexologists stimulate pressure points on the feet with their fingers. Practitioners believe internal ailments are associated with nerve endings on the soles of the feet and their manipulation will open flows of energy along the body’s meridians. Benefits include better health, more energy and relaxation.

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