It has been about seven months since I have been in sauna. A thing very important and essential for me. It has been a place for a complete relaxation since very young age. I also like the way my skin gets purified by the gentle steam of sauna. I can visibly see my complexion turn more brighter and feel my muscle loosen up.
This weekend was the time when I finally got in sauna again. Hard work like squats at the gym were giving a good reason why to book an appointment with a massage therapist from Nordik Spa-Nature, near Ottawa. I paid for a tonic massage that is recommended for those who get physical stress caused by workout at the gym or outdoors. This massage was about 60 minutes long and included firm grips all over my back, legs and arms. The massage method felt very complete because the therapist was using her arms in addition to her fists. I was enjoying that this massage included also a massaging my scalp and stretching my limps.
Besides this massage I tested also Källa. A salt water pool at the underground level of the spa area. It was an experience but I don’t see myself paying for it another time. I felt that there was not enough water for me to truly get a good floating position and the space felt too isolated for my taste.
What I did enjoy a lot was the panoramic pool and a spot called Tellura. The water of the panoramic pool was a cosy place with a pretty view over the Gatineau Park and the pool had warm water. This felt really luxurious in the crispy cold November day. Tellura was a dark room with heated stone beds. I almost missed my appointment because of almost falling asleep in this room with easy going music in the background.
The Finlandia sauna was the sauna I went at first and just before leaving. I don’t completely associate this sauna as Finnish. This is because of the lack of tossing water (löyly) on the stones, which I am used to. To me, my family and my Finnish friends the sauna has always been steaming hot. Every time I have been in this spa this sauna has been reminding more of the Swedish ones, but it is still the most closest I can get, so I did enjoy it.
I was impressed by the way this spa has been expanding its’ selection. The bilingual staff was friendly and the innovative surroundings were kept clean. After one massage and couple hours of saunas and pools I felt slim and very relaxed.