Post-workout recovery at the spa
We’re incredibly lucky in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to be surrounded by great options for winter sports and activities. With the Rideau Canal, multiple ski hills, and trails for hiking and snowshoeing throughout Gatineau park, there’s plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy a dynamic workout.
But when you plan your workouts, don’t forget to plan your rest! Proper recovery not only helps your muscles repair and strengthen, it can also help you to avoid injury and get back out there sooner rather than later.
The spa is the perfect hot spot for your next cool-down session – many of our experiences and treatments will integrate seamlessly into your regular routine. Here’s some inspiration for how to use the spa as a post-workout recovery tool.
Stretch in Espace Banyä
A good stretch is probably the most common (and arguably the most important) aspect of exercise recovery. It helps to increase flexibility and range of motion, which in turn helps to prevent injury. Our Espace Banyä, located above the Banyä sauna, comes fully equipped with yoga mats and blocks to help you enjoy a deep and complete stretch while taking in a beautiful view of the site. Once you’re done, make sure to rehydrate with some fruit-infused water located in the space!
Soak in the Källa Treatment
If you usually enjoy an Epsom salt bath after a long hike or a day at the ski hill, consider heading to the Källa flotation pool for a special treat. Epsom salts contain magnesium and sulfate, which can help to reduce inflammation and assist in muscle and nerve function. With 10 tons of Epsom salts in 1,200 cubic feet of water, the Källa treatment not only provides these benefits but also allows you to completely relax your body and float! Completely releasing your muscles in this way benefits not only your body, but your mind as well.
Give Muscles TLC With a Tonic Massage
If foam rolling is your go-to technique for releasing tension, our Tonic massage might be just what you need. In essence, foam rolling is a kind of self-massage, which helps to increase blood flow to the muscle tissue and can speed recovery time. Our Tonic massage has been designed with athletes in mind to achieve this effect. Your massage therapist uses strong pressure with their forearms, elbows, and palms to awaken your senses and stimulate blood circulation. Don’t be afraid to discuss your needs with your massage therapist before and during your treatment so that you get the most out of your experience!