It’s true − just thinking about Whistler can cause your heart rate to rise, thanks to the mass of adrenaline-charged sports that dominate the landscape of the mountain retreat. But while this is all well and good, it’s easy to overlook an undercurrent that flows through the town, one which serves up ways to restore your balance after the adrenaline highs.
I am, of course, referring to practices which many health and wellness gurus say allow you to connect with your inner self. In Whistler, this equates to balancing a day in the great outdoors skirting along a mountain’s edge, cycling along the Valley trail or craning your neck up at thundering waterfalls, with endeavours geared specifically for rejuvenation.
Balance can be achieved in many ways, such as unwinding with an inspiring yoga class at the Audain Art Museum. Just like with many things in Whistler, this is not your typical yogic setting − enjoy the journey as you flow through the moves against the backdrop of a selection of magnificent artwork.
To immerse yourself even further into relaxation after a big day on the move, slow down amidst the age old practice of hydrotherapy at the Scandinave Spa. The cycle of hot and cold baths is shown to improve blood circulation and release endorphins, which also does wonders to restore your balance.
The Spa at Nita Lake has also taken up the challenge to create ways to balance the body, mind and soul, explains spa manager Hannah Edwards.
“The signature treatments we offer follow set routines that really allow the body to let go,” says Edwards.
“I see our spa as a place to visit to connect with oneself. Our treatments, in combination with our caring team that is devoted to each guest’s healing experience, provide the perfect environment to do so.”
Other ways to tap into that relaxing vibe and find your balance include treating yourself to a massage at the only authentic Javanese spa in North America or choose treatments ranging from body wraps and facials to hot rock massages at the Westin Resort’s Avello Spa and Health Club.
This article originally appeared in the Vancouver Sun on 5 September, 2017