SAN­DAL READY FOR THE SUM­MER

Spa Treat­ments That Put Your Feet First

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - CONTENT - STORY BY MAGEE WALKER

If you’re like many Whistler lo­cals and vis­i­tors, your feet spent the win­ter be­ing stuffed into ski and snow­board boots, ice skates and win­ter boots. With flip-flop weather upon us, it’s time to think about free­ing your feet. But be­fore you slip into your san­dals, it’s an ex­cel­lent idea to give your poor, ne­glected feet a lit­tle TLC with a well-de­served pedi­cure. We’ve scouted out the most in­dul­gent, restora­tive foot treat­ments in Whistler, so kick up your heels and let the pro­fes­sion­als work their magic. A treat­ment at the newly re­fur­bished The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge is lux­u­ri­ous from start to fin­ish, beginning with com­pli­men­tary plush robes, a heav­enly re­lax­ation lounge and ac­cess to the steam room, hot tub and pool area. There will be plenty of time to show off your sparkling feet by the pool later — but first, treat your­self to the Nita Pedi­cure. The 75-minute treat­ment in­cludes a thor­ough ex­fo­li­a­tion fea­tur­ing the en­er­giz­ing and detox­i­fy­ing ilā Spa Body Scrub. The or­ganic Hi­malayan salt scrub doesn’t just leave your skin feel­ing silky smooth; its ingredients, in­clud­ing Alpine laven­der, wild or­ganic ju­niper berry and rose­hip seed oil form a pow­er­ful elixir that stim­u­lates cir­cu­la­tion, boosts the im­mune sys­tem and nour­ishes even the deep­est lay­ers of skin. The Nita Pedi­cure also in­cludes an ex­tended foot and lower leg mas­sage, a detox­i­fy­ing rose mud mask for your feet and OPI Nail Envy nail strength­ener as the base coat of pol­ish, for added dura­bil­ity. Amanda Piché, head es­theti­cian at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, be­lieves on­go­ing main­te­nance is the key to be­ing san­dal ready. “Once san­dal sea­son starts, our feet tend to dry out more than usual, so get­ting reg­u­lar pedi­cures can re­ally help with that,” she says. “Don’t for­get to in­clude the bot­toms of your feet when you mois­tur­ize your body.”

For an ex­otic treat­ment un­like any­thing you’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced, ask for the Thai Stem Pedi­cure at Avello Spa at the Westin Re­sort & Spa. Guests are led to the sta­teof-the-art pedi­cure lounge, where they are in­vited to take in the views of Sproatt Moun­tain and re­lax for 50 min­utes of pure bliss.

The high­light is the Thai Stem mas­sage, fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional heal­ing herbs and oils. Or­ganic sesame seeds and or­ganic brown jas­mine rice are ground into the blend, which is wrapped in an un­bleached cot­ton pack­age, all mas­saged into weary legs and feet. The herbs and oils are com­bined with tra­di­tional mas­sage tech­niques to help re­lieve mus­cle ten­sion and joint pain, while in­creas­ing cir­cu­la­tion in the legs. Best of all, the Thai Stem packs can be reused — guests are in­vited to take them home and re-steam them for a do-it-your­self leg and foot treat­ment.

Suzanne John­ston, spa direc­tor at the Avello Spa, un­der­stands why peo­ple flock to get pedi­cures in the spring and early sum­mer. “Whether you have cir­cu­la­tion is­sues, are a run­ner or walker, or you’re just like ev­ery­one else and your feet are cooped up most of the day in stock­ings and shoes — pedi­cures feel good.”

But it’s not just about hav­ing pretty, pol­ished toes. “Pedi­cures do more than keep our toe­nails look­ing lovely and lively,” Suzanne says. “They nour­ish our poor, over­worked feet, which take an even more bru­tal beat­ing in the win­ter.”

The Spa at the Four Seasons de­signed its Sig­na­ture Alpine Pedi­cure with to­tal re­lax­ation in mind. Guests are in­vited to curl up into a treat­ment bed that has been ad­justed into a lounge po­si­tion for a calm­ing 80-minute treat­ment. No de­tail is over­looked — from valet park­ing (com­pli­men­tary for spa go­ers), to ac­cess to the fit­ness cen­tre, steam room, sauna and spa pools (be­fore or af­ter the treat­ment) to a wide ar­ray of shower prod­ucts and ameni­ties fol­low­ing your treat­ment.

The treat­ment fea­tures an or­ganic shea but­ter and avo­cado foot mask, with mi­croal­gae that ex­fo­li­ates through­out the mask pro­cess­ing time. Gin­ger es­sen­tial oils are mas­saged in to in­crease cir­cu­la­tion to the lower ex­trem­i­ties, and feet are left feel­ing hy­drated and nour­ished.

Caitlin Hub­bard, direc­tor of spa at the Four Seasons Re­sort and Res­i­dences Whistler, ad­vises ac­tive lo­cals and vis­i­tors to take care of their feet. “Whistler is a place that de­mands a lot from our feet,” she says. “Most peo­ple in Whistler are bik­ing, hik­ing, swim­ming, run­ning and play­ing very fre­quently, but are for­get­ting to care for them­selves out­side of those times.”

Pedi­cures are not just about look­ing good: “A pedi­cure can care for the mus­cles, joints and skin to en­sure you can keep purs­ing those ad­ven­tures,” notes Hub­bard.

Look good, feel bet­ter, and per­form at your best — it’s all in the power of the pedi­cure.

AVELLO SPA AT THE WESTIN RE­SORT & SPA

THE SPA AT THE FOUR SEASONS

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