Thermea Spa

by • January 13, 2015 • #ExploreMB, Surprising Discoveries, WinnipegComments (2)8196

Hot (and cold) for Thermëa

Experience winter in a whole new way: by bathing outside in cold water. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is Manitoba’s newest spa experience, where the cold is key.

Although there are bathrobes, Thermëa is not your typical spa. Adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course in Winnipeg, only eight kilometres south of downtown, Thermëa follows the tenets of thermotherapy, the practice of alternating between hot and cold.

This is how it works: Slip into your bathing suit and switch the Sorels for sandals, then warm up in one of the saunas. You can choose the dry heat Nordic-style sauna or the steam sauna originally inspired from  the Mediterranean traditions. As you body temperature rises, toxins are eliminated and after 10 to 15 minutes, it’s time to move on to the cold. Take a quick pass through “Iceber” the cold waterfall or go for a dip in the temperate pool or the “Polarbër” cold pool for a few minutes. When you move from a hot to cold environment, your body releases adrenaline and your heart rate increases.

Thermea baths

The next step is very easy, do nothing as you rest and relax for 15 minutes, while endorphins replace the adrenaline. You can rest inside at the relaxation chalet or hang out by the outdoor fire pit. Then, repeat the whole circuit three times to bring about complete relaxation as you end your thermotherapy in the “Gëser” whirlpool.

No reservations are required for the thermal experience, but you can make a reservation to enjoy a massage or face or body treatment. There is also a restaurant onsite, so you can take a break from all that relaxing to enjoy a meal or sip a glass of wine. The rates ($46 Monday to Thursday and $51 Friday to Sunday) give you access to the thermal experience for the entire day, while massages or other treatments are extra. You can bring your own bathrobe or rent one for the day for $12.

Thermëa is open from 9 am to 10 pm, all year round.

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2 Responses to Hot (and cold) for Thermëa

  1. Jacques says:

    What to Do for m’y girl friend and I from January 29 t’ill February 3 in Winnipeg skating. Muséum etc

    Tank you we Will be at the Faimont

    What are the good restaurants. The Best show a in Town Royal ballet

    • Kirsten Neil says:

      Hi Jacques,

      So glad to hear you are coming to Winnipeg. Here are a few places to visit/see:

      The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an amazing museum of architecture and human stories.
      The new Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park is very cool. You can watch polar bears swim from underground tunnels.
      You can rent skates at The Forks and play on the Red River Trail or Arctic Glacier Park. The trail has art installations and warming huts on it.
      The Winnipeg Jets play on January 31, but tickets are usually hard to get.
      You could relax and discover thermotherapy at our newest spa Thermea.
      There’s a New Music Festival on from Jan 31 to Feb 6.
      The Winnipeg Art Gallery has a Salvador Dali exhibit on.
      There’s great shopping in Osborne Village, The Exchange District and Polo Park Shopping Centre.

      The ballet will not be on. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Company does have their annual Playwright Festival on. This year it’s CowardFest. celebrating the life and work of Noël Coward.

      If you’re looking for places to eat and drink, check out the Peg City Grub for some ideas. Some good ones to consider: Segovia (in Osborne Village), Hermanos (in Exchange District), NuBurger (in Osborne Village), Cibo (in Exchange District), Smith (The Forks), Marion Street Eatery, Parlour Coffee (in Exchange District), Baked Expectations (in Osborne Village), Across the Board cafe (games cafe, in Exchange District). The Fairmont has a great restaurant too: The Velvet Glove.

      Hope you and your girlfriend have a great time in Winnipeg. Safe travels!

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