Give Them That Perfect Scandinave Gift

The perfect gift, that’s all we ever hope to find. But with our good intentions to purchase that one of a kind anniversary, birthday, Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift for our significant other, it’s quite often that we leave our search to the last minute. We at Scandinave Spa understand how that special day can sneak up on you, and all of a sudden you’re resorting to a teddy bear that says “I Love You” and a box of chocolates. To help you avoid another gift mishap for all those special occasions, we thought we would give you some great and thoughtful gift ideas we know your better half will love.

Book a Couples Massage

Couples Massage

This is a great way to spend some romantic and relaxing time with each other. Massages can be booked four months in advance and includes access to the Scandinavian Baths with robes. So mark in your calendar four months before that special day as a reminder to book a couples massage so you can surprise your honey with a day at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.

 

Plan an Overnight Getaway

Scandinave Spa and Blue Mountain in background

Is skiing or snowboarding a passion the two of you share? Plan a midweek overnight retreat with the Blue Mountain Scandinave Getaway package. Enjoy the day on the slopes with some après at the Spa to soothe those achy muscles before you head out in the Village for some late night dining.

The Blue Mountain Scandinave Getaway includes:

  • One night accommodation at Blue Mountain Resort
  • Shuttle Service to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • One day pass to the Scandinavian Baths

Packages starting at $179 per person. Book now.

 

Roll out the Red Carpet

Everyone loves feeling like a VIP, and if you live in the GTA the Fly, Spa & Dine package is the perfect way to experience this. Take a scenic flight from Toronto to the Collingwood airport, then shuttle to Scandinave Spa for a relaxing day in the Baths. Before flying back, you will stop for a bite to eat at the Northwinds Brewhouse. Plan a day your loved one won’t soon forget.

The Fly, Spa & Dine package includes:

  • Flight from Billy Bishop Toronto Airport to Collingwood Airport
  • Private transportation
  • Access to Scandinavian Baths, robe rental and stainless steel water bottle to keep
  • Lunch at Northwinds Brewhouse and sample of four in-house craft beers

Packages starting at $355 per person. Book now.

 

Give the Gift of Relaxation with a Gift Card

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Are you reading this the night before you need that perfect gift? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Nothing’s better than receiving the gift of relaxation. By giving a gift card to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, you are letting your significant other know that they deserve some much needed R&R.

Purchase gift card now.

Looking for more information about these great gifts? Give our Guest Services team a call and they will be happy to answer any questions you might have: 1-877-988-8484.

Please Note: Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain experiences higher guest volumes during the winter months and holiday seasons. To avoid disappointment, we suggest that our guests either call ahead on the day of their visit, or check our Twitter account (@ScandinaveBlue) and our website for updates on wait lists and other important information. Booking a massage will guarantee access to the Baths and we suggest booking three to four months prior to your visit for best availability. While Scandinave Spa cannot anticipate daily wait list times, Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekday evenings are usually less busy.

 

What to Know when Planning your Winter Visit to Scandinave Spa

No matter the season, Scandinave Spa is a popular place for people who are in need of relaxation. But there is something about the winter season that makes a visit here extra special and puts Scandinave Spa on many people’s bucket list. Maybe it’s that fresh blanket of snow that makes the grounds feel like a winter wonderland, or the chance to relax outside while the snow is falling lightly around you.  It always seems that once the snow is in the air; there’s a little extra excitement at Scandinave Spa and the Blue Mountain area.

With this excitement comes the busiest time of year at the Spa. While more people are visiting, especially during the weekends and the holiday season, we continue to strive to maintain the Scandinave Spa environment of peace and quiet for our guests. This means limiting the number of guests accessing the Baths at one time. As a result, there is regularly a wait list during these busy times.

Scandinave sign

To make planning your visit to Scandinave Spa this winter easier, we have created a list of the important items you should know:

1. Massages can be booked 4 months in advance. For best availability and to avoid disappointment, plan ahead and book your massage a few months before your intended visit. We encourage groups of 6 or more to get in touch with our Group Coordinator for more information too.

2. Your experience is important to us. To maintain a relaxing and quiet environment, we limit the number of people who can access the Baths at one time. As a result, a wait list for the Baths could occur. To learn why a quiet atmosphere is important to Scandinave Spa, please read our blog To be Relaxed is to be Silent.

Shhh quiet

3. All massage guests receive entrance to the Baths. We ask that massage guests arrive 30 minutes prior to their appointment time. Guests who arrive prior to this timeframe may be subject to a wait list for access to the Scandinavian Baths. Guests with 6:30 and 7:45 massages are welcome to arrive starting at 5:00 pm in order to enjoy the Baths experience, which closes at 9:00 pm. To ensure you take advantage of your entire allotted massage time, arrive to the waiting area 15 minutes prior to your massage to fill out all necessary paperwork (or to save time click on the link in your email confirmation).

4. Scandinave Spa can be busy especially during the weekends and holiday season. If you plan on visiting the Baths during one of these times, we encourage you to call ahead or visit our Website or Twitter feed to see what the wait times are like before making your drive.

5. Scandinave Spa opens its doors at 9:00 am and the Baths open at 10:00 am. Guest service agents will begin registering Baths guests at 9:15 am. Once the Baths’ capacity has been reached, you will be placed on a wait list. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the area. We recommend that you plan ahead to ensure you have activities to do while you wait. Click here for a list of suggested activities you can enjoy. A text message will be sent to you when we have availability.

Winter at Scandinave

6. Weekdays and evenings are usually the less busy times at Scandinave Spa, excluding the holiday season. The next time you plan a visit to Scandinave, try an evening visit.

7. While we are heading into the festive season, we request that alcohol is not consumed prior to your visit. This is for health and safety concerns while you complete the Baths circuit. Management reserves the right to prohibit access to clients who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Once you are finished with the Baths, we welcome our guests to enjoy a beer or wine from our Spa Bistro.

8. Scandinave Spa prides itself as being an Eco Spa and minimizing our environmental impact with sustainable practices. Guests are provided with two towels and robe rentals are available, with the exception of massage guests who automatically receive a robe during their visit. To help support our sustainable practices, we encourage our guests to bring their own robe as well as sandals and water bottle.

Make your Scandinave Spa experience relaxing by planning your visit early. If you have more questions, please call one of our Guest Service Agents at 1-877-988-8484 or refer to our full list of Frequently Asked Questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Spa soon!

The Road to Wellness Series – Larisa Yurkiw

This is the first in a series highlighting local athletes and their journey on the road to wellness. Scandinave Spa is honoured to share Larisa’s story.

 

As a professional athlete, it can be difficult to find the time between training and competing to take that step back and give your body and mind the rest it craves. Owen Sound native, Larisa Yurkiw, tells us about her journey as a professional alpine ski racer and how relaxation was and still is an important component in her career. Larisa explains how Scandinave Spa forces her to take that step back as it’s ‘the perfect place to just stop’.

Larisa Skiing

Like many professional athletes, Larisa’s career held many ups and downs, ultimately celebrated by her World Cup podium 2nd place finish in 2015.   From her ranking as a top 30 skier in 2008-2009, to her unfortunate knee injury late in the same season, Larisa was able to train and fully recover to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.  She finished her 2014 season ranking 10th in the world and continued to climb the ranks to her 2015 podium finish. At 28, and after having the best season of her career, Larisa decided to retire from the sport she loves to ensure the health of her knee stays intact.

Larisa medalPhoto Courtesy: Agence Zoom

 

Larisa discovered her passion for business after launching Team Larisa Racing in 2013, as a way to raise money to allow her to train and race independently. She is now pursuing her interest in business by taking her MBA online and sharing her motivational story through a rigorous speaking circuit. Living in Collingwood, Larisa continues to stay very active: walking, running, cycling and hiking.  Her focus remains to be stronger and better everyday.

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Begin your own road to wellness journey with Scandinave Spa today. 

Sunny Summer Getaways

As Canadians, we take our summer months very seriously. During the long, cold winter cooped up inside, we dream of the summer days when we can be outside in the sunshine and fresh air. We’re so desperate that 5°C feels balmy. In southwestern Ontario, there is an average of 98 days from the beginning of June to the end of September that temperatures are above 20°C. Throw in a 5 day work week, an average of 2 weddings per summer, a possible family reunion, a child’s birthday party and a work BBQ; and it really cuts into those nice weather days we have.

For some strange reason we feel the need to fill our calendars during these months, which doesn’t leave much room for fun and relaxation. To simplify your summer planning, we decided to put together three themed summer getaway options we think you will find appealing. While each option is filled with activities, much needed relaxation time is also included. We don’t want you to feel like you need a vacation after your mini-vacation.

For the Adventurer

 Blue Mountain Scandinave Getawayblue mountain resort

  • One night accommodation at Blue Mountain Resort
  • Shuttle to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • Day pass to the Scandinavian Baths

Activities:

Keep the kids busy at Blue with the following family fun activities so you have some time for the Spa.

Mountain biking – Ride flowing single track or a more technical downhill decent on Blue Mountain.

Activity Central, Blue Mountain Resort

Mountain Biking

Photo Credit to: Marc Landry Photography at Blue Mountain Resorts

 

Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster – Zip down Blue Mountain at speeds of 42 km/h in your individual coaster.

Activity Central, Blue Mountain Resort

Timber Challenge High Ropes Course – 75 aerial elements reaching 15.2m including ladders, zip lines and suspension bridges.

Activity Central, Blue Mountain Resort

Timber Challenge and Woodlot 2013

PHOTO CREDIT TO: MARC LANDRY PHOTOGRAPHY AT BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORTS

 

Tholos Restaurant – Enjoy Greek cuisine and an authentic Mediterranean experience at Tholos.

At the base of Water Street, The Blue Mountain Village

 

For the Foodie

Irish Mountain Spring Indulgence

  • One night accommodation
  • Gourmet breakfast by a certified chef delivered to your room
  • A vintner’s lunch plate and wine tasting for 2 at Coffin Ridge Winery
  • Scandinave Baths pass per person

Activities:

Start with a relaxing morning at the spa before you spend the afternoon and evening roaming the area for the finest eats and treats.

Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery – Enjoy a glass of wine and vintner’s plate while overlooking Georgian Bay.

599448 2nd Concession North, Annan

coffin RidgeBeaver Valley Orchard and Cidery – Sample a selection of 4 ciders in a repurposed century barn.

235853 Beaver Valley Road (Grey Rd 13), Kimberley

Apple Pie TrailSpend the day touring around the heart of apple country with one of Ontario’s Best Culinary Tourism Experiences.

Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Meaford, Thornbury, & Beaver Valley

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The Mill Café – Eat a meal prepared with seasonal local foods while overlooking the Beaver River and mill dam.

12 Bridge Street, Thornbury

 

For the Nature Lover

Pretty River Valley Country InnPretty River Valley Inn

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Full country breakfast
  • Scandinavian Baths access
  • Complimentary bathrobes
  • Complimentary sparkling wine

Activities:

Listen to the summer sound of the cicadas as you unwind in the Baths and lounge in the hammocks at Scandinave Spa after a day spent exploring the area’s natural attractions.

Hammocks

Bruce Trail – Hike Canada’s oldest and longest footpath along the Niagara Escarpment. Trail pickup and drop off can be arranged with the Pretty River Valley Inn.

Grey County Waterfalls – Take a self-guided tour of Grey County’s 10 beautiful waterfalls.

Hoggs Falls-visitgrey.caPhoto credit: Brian Hunt

 

Scenic Caves Nature Adventure – Explore the caves and caverns of one of Canada’s UNESCO biosphere reserves.

260 Scenic Caves Rd, The Blue Mountains

Press Juice Co – If you’re looking for a healthy choice, then this is your place. All menu items are made ultra-fresh and organic ingredients.

11 Simcoe St, Collingwood

There is still plenty of summer left to plan a mini-getaway with your friends or loved one. South Georgian Bay is filled with many fun activities, delicious food and great accommodations. While planning your trip and deciding what to do, just make sure you find some time to relax.

Massage Therapy – Pampered Luxury or Personal Wellness?

Have you had a massage recently? And by recently, we mean in the past month? There is a very small population of people who schedule themselves in for regular massages. For the rest, massages are usually seen as more of a luxury. But should they be?

Massage

Recent studies have shown that there are many health benefits that correlate with scheduling regular massage therapy. A massage is like an oil change. Just like regular oil changes help make a car run better; regular massages helps to improve the performance of your body. Bear with us on this analogy. Oil lubricates the car engine allowing internal parts to rub together without overheating. A massage increases blood and lymph (the “oil”) circulation. As lymph circulates through the body, it removes waste from body tissue taking any aches and pains you may be experiencing with it

To help us understand the full benefits of massage, we talked with one of our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT), Lindsey Bradbury, to get the scoop about everything massage; its health benefits and why you might want to add this to your wellness regime.

Lindsey

Name: Lindsey Bradbury

Practicing RMT:  3 years

Scandinave RMT: 2.5 years

*Lindsey was a personal trainer for 6 years and is a retired elite rugby athlete.

  1. Should massage be treated as luxury or wellness?

The massage profession is moving into more of a wellness/treatment plan direction. As an RMT, my treatment style is to establish set goals with my clients during each session. These goals are both long and short term and I will develop a treatment plan based on the individual’s needs to achieve these goals. I do not consider massage therapy a “luxury”; however some patients/guests may think differently. I usually try to educate them as to why massage therapy is beneficial even if they don’t have any major complaints of pain. The majority of time, guests are getting a massage because they are stressed, suffer from chronic pain or have some muscle stiffness.

  1. What are the health benefits of getting a massage regularly?

There are so many benefits of having a massage regularly and it would take forever to list them all. The most common ailments that I treat are: chronic low back pain, stress, anxiety/depression, post-operative, injuries, arthritis, muscle pain, etc. Massage therapy helps decrease pain and stress, increases body awareness, increases range of motion (ROM), and has several positive effects on mental health especially for those who suffer from neurological pathologies such as MS, or Parkinson’s disease. Massage Therapy can be used prenatal, pre/post labour, it can help toddlers and young teens to grow healthy joints and muscles, and it has even shown benefits in palliative and end of life care.

  1. How often should a person get a massage?

It all depends on the goal of the patient. If the patient wants to increase range of motion then massage therapy should be more frequent. If he/she suffers from depression or anxiety, then “massage therapy as needed” would be beneficial. It depends on each individual, their goals, response to treatment and of course their own personal self-management.

  1. Should people doing athletic training make massage part of their regime?

MassageI would say that this would be a personal preference. Most of the athletes I know use massage therapy because of the adverse effects their sport has on their ability and the benefits of massage for improvements in mobility and improvements in strength and performance.

  1. How does massage help with recovery and injury prevention?

Massage therapy can remove unwanted swelling or inflammation, help increase range of motion and build strength, balance and proprioception. To prevent injury it is important to follow a remedial exercise program which your RMT can help you with.

  1. How do the Scandinave Baths pair with the massage? Is this similar to taking a bath before/after a massage?

The Scandinave Baths help increase circulation and the warmth helps to warm up muscle tissue preparing it for manipulation. Guests should be taking the opportunity to prepare mentally while using the Baths as well. The focus should be on relaxing and letting go of worry and stress, allowing your mind to understand your body and what it needs. Scandinave Spa is awesome for their addition of cold baths. Doing a contrast between hot and cold creates a lymphatic pump in your body which will increase lymph movement, removing toxins from the system.

Baths

On the other hand, with the Baths at the spa you are not able to add anything to the water. Taking a bath at home allows you to add Epsom salts, essentials oils, etc. Epsom salts contain magnesium which is a mineral that aids in muscle and bone health. Your skin, being your biggest organ in your body, will absorb the minerals to aid in your healing.

Lindsey’s final thoughts

If you want to maximize the benefits of massage therapy, then commitment is required. RMT’s are not healers or miracle workers, we are healthcare professionals that guide and assist you to a better quality of life. EVERY massage therapist has their own unique way of treating. You may need to try two or three different RMTs that you can build a connection with and that will help achieve your goals.

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There are many benefits of regular massage as Lindsey has highlighted. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety which are common factors for many diseases. Massage is also an excellent addition to your training regime helping with mobility, range of movement, and strength.

CyclingPhoto Credit: Grey County Tourism

 

If you’re thinking about adding massage to your wellness plan, spring is the perfect time to start as we’re more active once again. Whether you’re sore from playing your first round of golf, doing your first 20 km bike ride or just spending an afternoon in the garden, massage will help with your recovery.

We’ll leave you with this thought. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years to 2700BCE, with written record of it found in China and Egypt. It has a long history and is still being used today, showing that massage is an excellent form of healing. Just because a massage feels like you are being pampered, it doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic.

Things to know before your massage

  1. It’s OK to get naked. Massage therapists are professionally trained and well skilled in draping (a.k.a. keeping you covered) during the massage. Undergarments can get in the way of pressure points and long strokes.
  1. Drink lots of water after your treatment. Massage is similar to exercise. Muscles can become dehydrated and metabolic waste can build up. By drinking water, you are helping to remove this waste and rehydrate.
  1. Allow yourself to get fully relaxed. Flatulence is a common reaction during massage and this is totally normal.
  1. Tell your RMT how you are doing. Don’t be afraid to let them know how the pressure feels and make sure to communicate if something doesn’t feel good or relaxing. It is also good to communicate a previous injury or sore muscle area in advance.
  1. Don’t forget to breathe. Sometimes when a tender area is being worked on, all you want to do is hold your breath. This is taking away from the work being done on that muscle. By breathing you are oxygenating your blood which will aid tense muscles.

Make massage a part of your wellness plan.

Book your massage today.

877 988-8484

 

The Healing Power of Nature

When was the last time you really immersed in nature? By this we mean finding yourself in the middle of a forest with no electronic devices, no sound pollution of an urban area or towering buildings anywhere to be seen. Many of you who answer this question will say, “I can’t remember…”

With the increase in technology, urbanization and our busy day to day lives, people are spending less time outdoors in nature. Did you know most people spend an average of seven hours in front of a screen a day? Or that 54% of us currently live in urban areas and this statistic will rise to 66% by 2050? It’s no surprise that terms like nature deficit disorder and forest-deprivation crisis are now being used.

Walking through a forest has more benefits than one may think, it has a profound effect on our health. Research performed in Japan has found that fully immersing yourself in nature significantly lowers blood pressure, heart rate, cortisol levels (stress hormone) and sympathetic nerve activity, in comparison to going for a walk in the city. If that isn’t reason enough to start going on for walks in the bush, further research has found that those aromatic smells from different trees actually help a person’s immune system, boosting natural killer cells and anticancer proteins by 40 percent.

It’s no wonder that a number of countries and medical practitioners are jumping onto the Forest Therapy bandwagon. It originates from a Japanese practice also known as Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku). Don’t worry it’s not how it sounds; rather it encourages people to walk through the woods and take in the forest atmosphere. This in turn helps to rebalance your body and senses.

Forest Bathing

As a result, doctors are beginning to give out nature prescriptions to their patients, and in the United States, health centres have even teamed up with parks and conservation areas to get both children and adults out into nature. People just have to show their prescription and they get into these parks for free.

We think it’s time for us to step away from our screens and reintroduce ourselves to nature. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain and the surrounding area make it very easy for you to plan a nature inspired getaway.

A day away in nature

Nestled in a natural forest, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s 25 acre property offers the sights, sounds and scents of nature. Hammocks and Muskoka chairs are placed amongst the trees so you can take in the peaceful atmosphere and views of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment. Nature surrounds you throughout your visit as the Baths are also encircled by a ring of old Ontario birch trees. While relaxing, enjoy the songs of the birds, and keep your eyes open for deer, rabbits, turtles and wild turkeys as they are known to frequent the property. Choose from a variety of Day Getaway Packages.

Relax amongst the trees

Spend a part of your day completely surrounded by nature while hiking along the Bruce Trail. This 890 km footpath winds along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, with a section of the Bruce Trail running through the Blue Mountains. If you’re new to hiking or the area, visit the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club for information about scheduled hikes. While on the trail, it is important that you carry a Bruce Trail guide. You can purchase one from the Georgian Bay Tourism Association or the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Bruce Trail

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is another fun way to surround yourself in nature. Take one of the self-guided walking trails through the caves and caverns, or hike the shady trails beneath a canopy of sugar maples and red oak where you will find forest berries, wildflowers, trilliums and rare ferns on the forest floor. You will also find breathtaking panoramic views atop the limestone cliffs. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours to enjoy everything Scenic Caves Nature Adventures has to offer.

Overnight nature escape

The Pretty River Valley Country Inn is the perfect place for your nature and wellness retreat. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, the Inn overlooks Pretty River Provincial Park and has 125 acres of forest and trails to explore. Book your 3 night retreat which includes yoga, a visit to Scandinave Spa and a guided introduction to Forest Bathing.

Pretty River Valley Inn Orchard

Take the 30×30 challenge

We all know that it is important to spend time in nature, and now knowing its healing benefits, it makes it that much more important. If you’re looking for some help to jumpstart your nature habit, you should try the 30×30 Challenge by the David Suzuki Foundation. It challenges you to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. You can sign up on your own or with friends.

*Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is a traditional Nordic inspired spa that embraces outdoor, natural relaxation techniques.

Additional Reading

http://www.spafinder.com/blog/trends/2015-report/forest-bathing/

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/call-to-wild-text

http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2011/06/03/doctors_prescribe_the_great_outdoors_to_get_patients_moving.html

The Benefits of Working as an RMT at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Working at Scandinave Blue Mountain, is more than just a job. It’s a lifestyle choice – a choice of adventure, on the shores of Georgian Bay, by the hills of the Niagara Escarpment, with all the outdoor fun that comes with it. We asked four of our Registered Massage Therapists, why they choose to work at Scandinave Spa and why they love the lifestyle they have chosen. Here is what they had to say:

Allison, RMT:

I relocated to the area five years ago from Port Colburne, Ontario because of the great reputation Scandinave Spa has and as an added bonus, the lifestyle and limitless activities this area has for residents. Blue Mountain is known for its skiing but there is so much more – hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, boating – it truly is Ontario’s paradise. I get asked by family and friends all the time why I love Collingwood and Blue Mountain so much. Then they come here for a visit and they understand. They realize that I am truly living.

The best part about working in Collingwood and Blue Mountain, is that there is a strong focus by the community on proactively taking care of their health needs instead of being reactive. They make their health of high importance. It really is a breath of fresh air.

The best part about working at Scandinave Spa is family, meaning my spa family. We are a team and one unit. The support, kindness, dedication, and respect that we give each other truly feels like a family. You see it through the coordinator to the management team. It is a very positive peaceful environment. I feel very blessed and honoured to be a part of this team.

The volume of clients here meets my expectations. We are very busy and that speaks volumes about how great of an environment Scandinave Spa is.

I feel as if I have won the lottery. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is an amazing calm tranquil space that I get to experience every day. The experience I have gotten working with clients has made me a better RMT.

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Jennifer, RMT:

I lived in relatively close proximity to Scandinave Spa when I decided to attend massage school. It was never a question to me as to where I wanted to work as an RMT. Scandinave Spa had a great reputation as an employer and as a business.

Oddly enough I would say my drive to and from work is my favourite part of working in Collingwood and Blue Mountain. I pass farms with their horses and cattle in the fields, watch the seasons progress with the growth of crops, smell apple blossoms and fresh-cut hay, see kids playing outside, cyclists enjoying their ride, runners of all skill levels, the beautiful fall colours on the mountain and the skiers gracefully gliding down the hill when winter arrives – all part of my daily commute because of working in the Collingwood/Blue Mountain area.

The people that I work with are my favourite thing about working at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. We celebrate the good times, support each other in times of need, give encouragement, advice and listen to the stories of each other’s lives. Most importantly – we laugh together. We’ve bonded like a family which has created a phenomenal team of people to work with. It makes going to work enjoyable and in that environment I feel we are able to provide guests with a better massage experience which is fulfilling in its own way.

There is a large volume of clients which ensures that I am always busy and working. It’s nice to have the large variation of clientele, you meet some pretty amazing people but clients are also able to request a therapist of their choice so you are able to develop a regular clientele and have a continuance of care with them.

The atmosphere that encompasses the entire Spa sets this place apart from other places to work. The guests that come to the Spa do so with relaxation on their agenda. If they aren’t completely relaxed when they walk in the door, by the time they have done a couple of Bath cycles and their massage if one has been booked, maybe enjoyed a healthy lunch at the bistro they will have reached a new level of ‘Zen’.

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Tim, RMT:

My spouse and I both work as RMT’s at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. We commuted from Toronto for several years and have now relocated to the Blue Mountains to be closer to work. We enjoy working and living in the area for the ease of movement, more active lifestyle, the friendly people, and the simpler and less expensive living.

At Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain I have good coworkers, and I enjoy being able to open treatment room windows for fresh air, and the nature that surrounds the Spa. The Spa is different from other places to work with good administrative support, a stress free work environment and an easy commute.

The volume of work meets my expectation with lots of extra shifts available if I want to work more.

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Tracy, RMT:

I commute to Scandinave Spa from Barrie 5 days a week. It’s about an hour’s drive and a nice commute. My favourite part about working in the area is the scenery and the recreational things to do. The hiking is wonderful.

My favourite part about working at Scandinave is the people. They are here to relax. You see a variety of different things in a day to relax or treat, whichever works.

The volume of clients is great. We are busy enough that I am able to budget my finances like a normal job and rely on a paycheque.

As a place to work, Scandinave Spa is set above anywhere else…. it is run very efficiently. You come and work and file and leave. There is no stressing about linens and motor vehicle accident paperwork.

If you’re an RMT and you’re interested in learning more about opportunities for employment with us, please forward your resume to jobs@scandinaveblue.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Night time at Scandinave

Top 6 Things To Do in Winter Around The Mountain

Here at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, you don’t need to be a downhill rock star to justify a massage and a relaxing soak in the Baths. Let’s face it, not everyone skis or snowboards. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the real mountain culture of a ski town. We’ve put together this list of the Top 6 things to do while in our mountain neighbourhood, if you’re looking for activities that don’t involve steep descents.

1. Sit at the Bar at Jozo’s and Live Vicariously Through Those With A Lift Ticket on Their JacketJozo’s, located at the Blue Mountain Inn, has been the go to après ski haven for decades. This is where locals and newbies alike come to recount and embellish on the day’s events riding or skiing the mountain. After a few stories you will feel like you were right there, in the heart of all the downhill action.
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2. Take a Snowshoe Hike – Being outside, at night, with minimal lighting, under the vast night sky of south Georgian Bay, can be magical. Awaken your senses under the stars with a relaxed snowshoe ramble along the top of the Niagara Escarpment, featuring Scenic Caves’ famous suspension bridge. Exploring on snowshoe at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre is truly a wonderful winter experience, day or night. Open for snowshoeing 7 days a week weather permitting. Nighttime guided outings are available Saturday evenings by reservation.

3. Sample Collingwood’s Best Beers on a Brewery Tour – Get the inside scoop on the tastiest local pints for après, with Free Spirit Tours. On the tour you will visit: Side Launch, Northwinds Brewhouse, and The Collingwood Brewery . Tours are organized for groups of six or more.

Photo: Free Spirit Tours

Photo: Free Spirit Tours

4. Wander ‘Downtown’ – Ski towns are the best for a vibe that’s filled with quirky coffee shops, stores selling authentic wool sweaters and locally made earrings. Wander the quaint downtowns of Collingwood, Thornbury, and Creemore, and visit the myriad of shops that make this area so different than your hometown.

5. Become a Villager – If you want to be within sight of the little rippers on the hill, the Blue Mountain Village is your perfect location. Situated at the base of Blue Mountain, this intimate culinary and shopping ski village is the perfect place to hang out for the day. It’s completely walkable in ski boots if you want to fit in. The rental shops have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from.

2 people walking down a village streetscape in the winter with ski hills in background

Photo: Andrea Hamlin Photography © Blue Mountain

6. Host a Meat Feast at Your Chalet – Looking to surprise the rest of the gang when they return starving from a day of skiing? Nothing says welcome back like a feast of 40 day dry aged ribeye steaks, double smoked bacon, smoked rainbow trout and smoked pork chops from Blue Ridge Meats in Collingwood. Enhance your feast with the local wines of Georgian Hills Vineyard, and Coffin Ridge or the ciders of Beaver Valley or Thornbury. Your slope style friends will love you forever.
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Membership= more relaxation

You’ve experienced it. The ahhhhhhh feeling of complete relaxation after spending time at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. Why not make this feeling more frequent with a membership to the Baths?

Want your own Relaxation Membership? Learn More here about membership rates and call Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain at 1-877-988-8484 for more details on how to purchase.

Find out why long time member Eva Meriorg uses a ‘exit stage left’ strategy to revitalize herself through her membership to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s Baths.

To be Relaxed is to be Silent- Find Out Why…

Just relax. It’s easier said than done.

Silence is an essential part of the relaxation process. That’s why silence is at the heart of the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s relaxation circuit experience, and it’s highly valued by both our guests and us.

Quiet

Silence is defined as a quietness, noiselessness or peacefulness and is often used to describe or connect to a state of relaxation, mental calmness, or tranquility.

While the hydrotherapy Baths have many healing effects, it is the essential atmosphere of silence, which allows guests to experience a complete state of relaxation and reflection. We feel silence allows us to see the real world as it should be, and take in its natural beauty without distractions. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain offers guests an age-old Finnish tradition that utilizes hydrotherapy and a quiet atmosphere as a way to obtain physical and mental relaxation.

Most guests visiting come with at least one other person. We do understand that there are moments you might want to communicate with each other, but this can be disruptive to others and their attempt to unwind. We know it’s difficult to be completely silent so we ask that when you do have to communicate, you engage your “Spa Voice”.

What is your Spa Voice? It’s a hushed, soft toned whisper, which allows you maintain a culture of peacefulness and stillness. Your Spa Voice can often be connected with additional silent body signals. Check out some humorous ways you can communicate with body language and your Spa Voice at Scandinave here.

Experiencing a tranquil, peaceful environment doesn’t have to be difficult. Why not use the time soaking in the Baths circuit as an opportunity to steal back a few quiet moments just for you?

The effects of a few minutes of silence can have a tremendous impact on your state of mind, awareness and your perspective on the world around you.silence blog photo

Here are some easy ways to use silence & your spa voice at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

  1. Bring a book to enjoy while sitting next to a crackling campfire, swinging in a hammock or in one of the solariums;
  2. Give yourself permission to try a solo trip to the Baths. Internal silence is just as powerful as external silence;
  3. If you are coming with a guest, consider connecting quietly during lunch in the bistro so that you, your friend and those around you can achieve the exact level of relaxation your mind and body need while in the Baths.
  4. Consider a few minutes (or hours) of silence while soaking in the Baths as an opportunity to disconnect from the world and enjoy the culture of silence.

Why Silence at Scandinave is Good for your Health

Stress can come from over-stimulation on the body and the fact that we’re constantly ‘wired on’. Being quiet can lead to real physical benefits, which assists our bodies with mitigating stress and negativity. Combine silence with a relaxation routine and you’re got a recipe for success.

  • Silence provides you with more energy and a stronger mind-body connection.
  • Silence reduces stress levels including lowering blood cortisol levels, regulating hormones and adrenaline levels.
  • Silence gives you a stronger connection with your surroundings. Your senses become more active and aware.
  • Silence enhances your ability to fully listen. When you don’t feel compelled to talk, you become more present in the moment.
  • Silence helps soothe the mind and allows your central nervous system to relax.
  • Silence can stimulate inspiration, creativity and problem solving abilities.
  • Silence allows your mind and body to relax and decompress and prepare you for your day ahead.

Sporting a tagline of ‘handmade in Finnish silence’, Finland encourages visitors to experience the country’s famous Saunas, Baths and Relaxation centers and absorb it all – in silence. Understanding the powerful effects of silence, visitfindland.com highlights that “Modern society often is intolerably loud and busy. Silence is a limited resource that people long and wish to experience.”

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The country has felt so strongly about the wellness benefits behind the act of being silent that they put silence into the forefront of the minds of visitors and locals alike.

Silence is highly valued at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. To get the most out of your overall experience, we ask that guests respect this core component of the relaxation circuit in an effort to benefit all guests. Giving yourself permission to just be silent can be a powerful tool.

Come to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain and disconnect, self-reflect and refuel the mind, body and soul with silence….#shhhRelax.

Wellness Getaways- your car has a maintenance schedule, but do you?

When you pick up your new car, one of the first things your dealer does, is walk you through the car’s preventive maintenance schedule. Your car is a big investment, so you take this schedule seriously and promptly book it in for servicing at the appropriate mileage intervals. You pay the bill and acknowledge that this is the cost of driving a reliable, safe vehicle.  Check engine light Now if we only treated our own bodies like this.

Wellness maintenance for your body doesn’t have to mean an expensive tropical vacation and realistically should be completed more frequently than you fly. Wellness Getaways can be simple day; overnight or week-long opportunity for your body to soak up some attention and provide both preventative and restorative maintenance.

Feel like the thought of planning this type of getaway sounds like too much stress? Or that you’ll need a vacation from your vacation?

A wellness getaway might be your perfect solution, and is a lot closer to home than you’d anticipate. Wellness getaways are different than ‘vacations’. They encourage you to take some time for yourself but additionally, to bring back the positive habits and practices you’ve experienced during your getaway and integrate them back into your everyday life.

Here’s what you can expect to experience with a “wellness styled getaway”.

Relaxation and quiet reflection

Picture 038Reflecting and relaxation is a central component to wellness maintenance. The opportunity for internal reflection helps soothe the mind and allows your senses and central nervous system to relax. Intentionally slowing down helps your body to regulate its cardiovascular system, stabilize your heart rate and blood flow.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Ideally, daily. If not, carving weekly ‘relaxation time’ through a quiet activity or mediation provides restorative and preventative benefits for the mind and body.

Activity in Nature

Being active is a central component for wellness getaways. Walking and spending time outdoors in nature allow you to reflect on your surroundings, stimulate the body and create self-awareness. Hiking at nearby natural attractions such as Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, or the Bruce Trail offer these opportunities locally.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Weekly. Incorporating a variety of activities of varying strength and intensity will not only keep things interesting but allows different areas of your body to be invigorated.

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Saunas, and steam rooms are popular practices in Europe and are becoming a wellness trend in North America. Warming up the body helps to dilate the blood vessels on the skin, is the perfect way to melt away extra tension and pressure. The physical detoxification benefits of saunas can be felt immediately and the health benefits are well researched.

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain features a Eucalyptus Steam Room and Finnish Sauna, which helps cleanse the skin through perspiration and release the body’s negative energy, including chemicals absorbed from the air, water or food, as well as residual toxins from certain metabolic processes.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Monthly. Allowing your body to sweat out unnecessary toxins creates the opportunity for your body to handle life’s wear and tear more efficiently and feel refreshed.

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Food is fuel for the mind and the soul. With more of the population having increased dietary restrictions, it’s common to find meals on wellness getaways that cater to healthy and alternative eating practices. Many wellness getaways offer clean eating gourmet food styles include fresh and locally grown food encouraging you to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Three times a day. Alternatively, incorporate new foods into your diet and cooking practices seasonally for optimal variety, selection and freshness.

Food for thought – Why not experience the art of cooking through a cooking course featuring local apples with the Apple Pie Trail Adventure Package?

Personalized treatments (such as an individual massage)

Unlike vehicles, no two bodies are alike. All the more reason to creaPicture 038zte a custom wellness maintenance routine that suits your individual needs, and additionally, why receiving a personal massage is so great. Massages are tailored to your body and they help soothe sore muscles, reduce inflation and increase mobility. Here, a registered massage therapist will work with you specifically to create a massage that centers on your goals and corrects adjustments needed within your body.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Varies from weekly to monthly or quarterly. Depending on the physical wear and tear on your body, additional more frequent massage treatments may be required.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a method that can assist the body with the healing process. Hydrotherapy consists of the application of hot and cold temperatures often involving water, such as hot and cold Baths, saunas and steam baths. Alternating between hot and cold temperatures causes the blood vessels to dilate and constrict altering the body’s blood circulation. This process results in stimulating the immune system, decreasing pain and inflammation and releasing toxins; which ultimately treats and heals the effects of stress.005

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s award-winning Baths offer a circuit of hot, cold, relax, and repeat. This type of hydrotherapy comes from the age-old Finnish tradition that dates back thousands of years, using water as a means to obtain physical and mental relaxation. To gain the full potential, it is recommended that people do at least three circuits per visit to experience the benefits.

Recommended timing for maintenance?

Quarterly (every 3-4 months). Additional and more frequent inclusion into your health care routine may be required to address healing benefits required for injuries, or other physical fitness initiatives.

Think you’d like to incorporate a Wellness Getaway into your health maintenance schedule? Wellness Getaways are offered locally at the Pretty River Valley County Inn, which offers meals, accommodations, passes to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, yoga practices and hiking the Bruce Trail.

Additionally, ensure your wellness maintenance schedule is on track and take advantage of Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s 3 month Membership where you can check off more than a few wellness maintenance items for your mind and body.

Busy lives means less time for self-care and with a growing number of the population focusing on health and wellness, taking some much deserved time for R&R isn’t a luxury- it’s a health priority.

So take your foot off the gas. Slow down and consider doing some preventative maintenance (on both your car and your body) and you’ll certainly get more than a few more trips out of your tank and keep you both on the road for longer.

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Splash into Spring: Scandinave Spa goes Waterfalling in Grey County

Visitors to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain can see and feel the therapeutic properties water has to offer. They know this when they slip into the renowned Scandinavian Baths and immediately feel their stresses melt away, dispersing like water droplets in a river.

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Waterfalls

Hydrotherapy is a key practice at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain; and the age-old Finnish tradition which utilizes hot and cold waters to elicit specific reactions in the body can not only be felt but seen as well. The Baths are home to thermal and Nordic waterfalls, where visitors have the opportunity soothe their skin and achy muscles in the calming falls. Guests also experience stress relief when they focus on the meditative qualities of the mesmerizing, cascading water gently falling to the Baths below. Waterfalls are a wonderful remedy for your mind, body and soul.

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So why is ‘waterfalling’ (an affectionate term referring to the act of visiting waterfalls) so appealing and beneficial for your health and level of relaxation? For starters, flowing waters have a strong connection to meditation, cleansing the mind with their hypnotic sounds. Not to mention that a healthy flow of water supports our very existence as well as a variety of other life forms and vegetation. Finally, visiting a waterfall usually requires walking or a short hike to get to the falls, often leading you on a path less travelled and offering an opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Springtime is the ideal time to get out, shake off the winter blues and given the winter melt, it’s the perfect time to feel the rush of thundering water flowing in a spectacular display over the local limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.

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Hogg’s Falls, Grey County Waterfall Tour. Photo credit www.VisitGrey.ca

Why not extend your stay in the area and spend a couple of days seeing, hearing and maybe even slipping under a few natural waterfalls once you’ve completed your visit to the spa? Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is situated in close proximity to eleven waterfalls scattered throughout the local countryside….making it the perfect location for ‘waterfalling’.

Start your spring waterfall mini vacation by booking a mid-week getaway package. Then start planning to enjoy the calming effects of water both in and around Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. The self-guided Grey County Waterfall Tour highlights 150 km of waterfall tour routes and all eleven waterfalls in the area.

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Weavers Creek Falls. Grey County Waterfall Tour. Photo credit to www.visitgrey.ca

 

Here are some highlights:

  1. Experience Hoggs Falls (in between Eugenia and Flesherton). Considered one of Grey County’s best-kept secrets, Hoggs Falls are tucked away a mere two-minute walk from the Lower Valley Road near Flesherton. Named for William Hogg, the waters of the Boyne River tumble seven metres in this woodland setting.
  1. Enjoy nature, art and good eats with a stop at Eugenia Falls in the Beaver Valley. Dramatic Eugenia Falls plunges 30 metres over the escarpment, into the Cuckoo Valley. Located beside Eugenia Falls, Infinite Glassworks Gallery features hand-blown glass and jewellery, and a wide selection of contemporary art and fine crafts from regional artists. Across the road, the Eugenia Falls Emporium’s Beaver River Grill serves up not-to-be-missed burgers and fries as well as ice cream and old fashioned candy. If you’re looking for more of a sit down style meal with flair, the Flying Chestnut serves fresh, organic fair in an eclectic bistro setting.
  1. Travel to Owen Sound and visit four local waterfalls. The Sydenham River crashes 18 meters over the limestone cliffs at Inglis Falls and then meanders through Harrison Park, home to ancient trees, walking paths and Weavers Creek Falls. Tucked behind the pool, and accessible by boardwalk, this waterfall is tiny but the location is picturesque. On the west edge of the city, visitors will find Jones Falls via a short 1 km hike on the Bruce Trail through the Pottowatami Conservation Area. Finally, just north of town, don your hiking boots for a rigorous .8 km hike through the Indian Falls Conservation Area to the scenic 15 metre horseshoe shaped Indian Falls.

Waterfalls at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

When it comes to the benefits of water, nature truly does know best, so why not experience extended hydrotherapy benefits by slipping a copy of the Grey County Waterfall Tour brochure into your bag and enjoying the continued calming effects of water in and around Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain during your next visit.