The Body Blitz – A Real Spa Experience
By Nancy Dail
What was it like to dwell in the time of the Roman era and partake in a real Roman Bath experience? Since I do not have a time machine, I might never have known if I had not partaken in the hydro experience at the women only, Body Blitz in Toronto, Canada this past week. Imagine if you will a sea salt water pool with multiple waterfalls spilling from a central flagstone structure and 24 water jets able to massage you underwater. The pool was the size of a regular swimming pool with a circular cold plunge pool on one end and a hot green tea pool on the other end. Lounge chairs lined the long length of the pool and showers headed one end and a water fountain and open lockers were at the other end. The experience included a suggestion for the Therapeutic Waters Circuit. It began with a 5-10 minute sea salt pool soak after, of course, a shower. From the sea salt pool one went into the steam room for 5-10 minutes if you can take the extreme wet heat. Don’t wear glasses as you will instantly not be able to see! The steam is followed by a rinsing shower to remove the toxins and a 1 minute cold plunge. It is recommended that you go in up to your neck to stimulate your thyroid; I would not do this slowly if I were you. It might be construed as torture! Following the cold plunge is relaxation time with rehydrating. It is important to continually replace the water you lose in the circuit. For a more in-depth detoxification, the infrared sauna awaits for roughly 10 minutes. Rinse again and enter the cold plunge pool for another pore seal. Next is the hot green tea pool immersion (for at least 5 minutes) for a further relaxation of muscles and a boost for the immune system. Rinse again and another cold plunge supposedly for a whole minute. Finish off with the sea salt pool for a final relaxation soak and to regain normal body temperature while absorbing minerals from the sea salt immersion. It is recommended that the whole experience be for an hour circuit with a maximum stay of 2 hours. We did complete a medical history prior to the hydro circuit that could have been also used for a massage or shiatsu treatment if we had been so inclined. Contraindications could include a cardiac or respiratory condition, high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, or any other health condition needing a physician’s approval. For additional cost, was a juice and/or tea bar that is available during the spa experience. The result? Ultimate relaxation. I slept really well that night. I can see me being a spa critic traveling from spa to spa – a girl can dream can’t she?