Saunas and cold baths are an age-old traditional in Nordic counties like Sweden. In fact, the first Swedish bathhouse was founded in 1269. Women used birch twigs to whip clients’ skin to a tingling pink freshness. Since then, things have changed a bit with a more gentle approach to relax tired muscles, and to detox and boost circulation. What is more, the Nordic bathing ritual is free for all hotel guests.
NORDIC BATHING RITUAL
Here's a lesson on how to enjoy the Nordic bathing ritual from the Grand Spa Hotel:
• Relax in the sauna, breathing deeply to enjoy the rich pine scent.
• Plunge into the cold pool, or take a cold bucket shower to close pores and boost your immune system.
• Repeat the sauna and plunge as many times as you would like. (Typically three or more times)
NORDIC BATH DE LUXE
Sneak away from it all or treat a friend to a relaxing time together. The combination of sauna and cold water, exfoliating scrub and nourishing mask, revitalizes and renews. Apply the products yourself at your own pace following our instructions. Start by giving yourself a thorough dry skin brushing! In addition to the entrance fee, the experience includes a glass of sparkling champagne and homemade chocolate, an invigorating Scandinavian cranberry scrub, a nourishing face mask and a healing hair pack. Finish up the experience by applying delightful body balm, and take home an organic dry skin brush.
(A Signature treatment at the Spa at the Grand Hotel)
I was lucky to indulge in one of the Grand Hotel Spa's signature treatments. With a cold and feeling under the weather, I was given a boost with "Nordic Beauty" which started out with a lovely organic Scandinavian cranberry scrub. It seemed like an indulgent experience with a suite all to myself, in a beautiful spa with an expert spa therapist. The suite featured a treatment area, private showers and steam room, lounging area and deep jacuzzi tub. The next step after being exfoliated was a steam bath followed by an aroma massage. The third step to this 80 minutes treatment was a nourishing facial using organic products. I did not want all this pampering to end but alas, I found it to be a perfect all-in-one treatment.
ABOUT THE SPA:
The Spa at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm is inspired by the sea, islands and nature of the Stockholm archipelago. The spa features granite from Grythyttan and Rauk stones from Gotland with a sleek contemporary vibe that is the hallmark of Swedish design.
Guests can relax in the sauna or be active and energized with a gym visit. There a pool to enjoy and a variety of treatment to either relax or revive depending on one’s state of mind. You can gaze over the waterfront in a relaxing whirlpool for two in the Suite Treat - that overlooks the fantastic waterfront with a view of the Royal Palace.
If you prefer a more traditional spa experience, you might want to check out the UV purified and sand-filtered 32°C (98.6°F) pool. There's a steam bath and hydrotherapy pool. Forgot your swim suit? No problem! Swimsuits can be purchased at the spa too!