THE NA­TURE OF NUR­TUR­ING

Whistler Spas

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER I CONTENT - STORY BY ALI­SON NEARINGBURG

Not only are Whistler’s ski slopes ranked among the best, its spas are both world-class and award-win­ning. And just as moun­tain ski re­sorts adapt and grow with ever-chang­ing con­sumer de­mands, Whistler spas have adapted their treat­ments and prod­ucts to meet the de­mands of to­day’s so­phis­ti­cated clien­tele.

The Spa at the Four Sea­sons was rec­og­nized as the “#1 Ho­tel Spa in Canada” by Travel and Leisure in 2014. Spa Di­rec­tor Caitlin Hub­bard says, “One of our skin-care and body-care lines, “Amala,” used in our sig­na­ture body treat­ments and fa­cials, con­tains no syn­the­sized chem­i­cals or fra­grances and only 100 per cent nat­u­ral es­sen­tial oils.” They also fea­ture a lo­cal prod­uct line that in­cor­po­rates or­ganic sea­weed, es­sen­tial oils and botan­i­cals that are in­dige­nous to B.C. Other nat­u­ral and or­ganic lines that are used in treat­ments in­clude Coola Sun­care, Jane Iredale Min­eral Cos­met­ics and SpaRi­tual Nail Pol­ishes and Body Care Prod­ucts. “With any prod­uct we bring into the spa, we are mind­ful of the pro­duc­tion tech­niques, com­pany philoso­phies and qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents they use,” Hub­bard says. Lead Mas­sage Ther­a­pist Jackie Gold­bloom says, “Pacific North­west clien­tele have al­ways shown a con­cern for or­gan­ics and sus­tain­able prod­ucts. Now I am ques­tioned more and more by our in­ter­na­tional guests.” 604-966-2620 | foursea­sons.com /whistler/spa At the Fair­mont Chateau Whistler’s Vida Spa, treat­ments are de­signed to com­ple­ment in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties and “dosha” through the prin­ci­ples of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old sys­tem of holis­tic In­dian medicine. Ac­cord­ing to this phi­los­o­phy, the key to a long and healthy life is achiev­ing a bal­ance be­tween body, mind and spirit. “Ev­ery­one is typ­i­cally dom­i­nant in one of three doshas – Vata, Pitta or Kapha,” says Bon­nie Ju­niper, spa man­ager. “The key is to bring all into bal­ance. Our Ayurvedic line of oils is cus­tom­ized for each client.” The spa of­fers Ayurvedic mas­sage treat­ments de­signed to re­lieve mus­cle ten­sion and boost the im­mune sys­tem. “Vata treat­ments use eu­ca­lyp­tus for breath­ing, fen­nel to elim­i­nate tox­ins and help with oily and ma­ture skins, gin­ger to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and rose­mary to detox­ify. Pitta use fen­nel, laven­der and san­dal­wood for stress and anx­i­ety, lemon­grass for the di­ges­tive sys­tem and pep­per­mint for pain. Kapha uses sweet basil for ner­vous ex­haus­tion, ju­niper berry to clear tox­ins, cellulite and fa­tigue.” 1-800-401-4018 | vi­das­pas.com/ lo­ca­tions/fair­mont-chateau-whistler

The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge was re­cently hon­oured in the “Top 10 Or­ganic Spas” award from Or­ganic Spa Mag­a­zine – the first spa in Canada to win the award since 2012. Pub­lisher Bev­erly Maloney-Fis­chback says the award is the re­sult of “an in­cred­i­ble fo­cus on or­ganic treat­ments as well as sus­tain­abil­ity and green busi­ness ini­tia­tives.” The spa uses ilā, an or­ganic U.K.-based prod­uct line that sources its in­gre­di­ents from re­mote ar­eas of the world and prides it­self on be­ing both ef­fec­tive and eth­i­cal. The key in­gre­di­ents used in the ilā line are ar­gan oil, nour­ish­ing and mois­tur­iz­ing with anti-ag­ing prop­er­ties; detox­i­fy­ing Hi­malayan salt crys­tals; and Rose Otto oil for aro­mather­apy and cell re­ju­ve­na­tion. Spa Man­ager Han­nah Edwards says this prod­uct line is used in a range of treat­ments, in­clud­ing two of the spa’s sig­na­ture treat­ments: ilā Kun­dalini mas­sage, a unique back mas­sage us­ing oils and an­cient mas­sage tech­niques for well-be­ing and a restora­tive ef­fect on the ner­vous sys­tem, and the ilā Ananda fa­cial, de­signed to re­lieve stress and ten­sion in the face.

604-966-5715 | ni­ta­lakelodge.com

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