All I can say about this place is that a trip to Montreal BEGS for a visit here! I have never visited a Nordic Spa before. We went in the middle of February and saying temperatures were frigis is a massive understatement. The thought of being OUTSIDE, in freezing temperatures and in a bikini conjured up horrible images of being bed ridden in the hospital with bronchitis, pneumonia…you name it. I was extremely apprehensive but boy oh boy was I wrong! You start by going into a heated pool in which you should remain about 20 minutes or so to get your body temperature to a cozy level. All the while, your brain is confused because since the pool is outdoors, your head is freezing but your body is comfy-cozy. After that, you immediately dip yourself into another pool in which the water is only 2 degrees above freezing point. The immediate sensation is a thrilling and confusing sensation as you quite literally shock your core temperature with freezing water. They recommend lasting for 10 seconds if you can. I never made it past 5. Then, you go into a heated relaxation room at which point they strongly recommend you lay down flat, as many people get light headed from the sudden temperature shock. I did in fact get light headed and felt the most amazing albeit strange sensation of blood rushing through my veins from head to toe. Everything tingled and my heart felt like it might literally beat out of my chest, it was almost borderline uncomfortable for a few minutes…..and then, after a few more minutes everything slowed down and my heart and thoughts and circulation quieted down to levels I’ve never experienced before. I stared at the landscape in front of me, desolate, simple, tranquil and before I realized what had happened, I drifted off into the most relaxing nap of my life. I awoke to my husband telling me I’d been asleep for 30 minutes. I couldn’t believe it.
We did this 2 times in total on the same visit. Buy the all-day pass which entitles you to use the pools and sauna and steam room unlimited. And hey, guess what? No pneumonia! In fact, I’d never felt so invigorated. You’ll walk away with a true feeling well-being. DO IT!!!!
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