Paradise for body and soul: where to quickly and budget to put in order both a figure and thoughts
To escape from the severity of everyday routine, to replace the city noise with birdsong and peals of waves, and dull gray landscapes – with beautiful views of picturesque nature, while absolutely regardless of the time of year outside the windows? This is entirely feasible only 54 km from the metropolis – Passion.ru correspondent checked the new SPA-program of the all-weather resort “Igora” on itself and is in a hurry to share its impressions.
Remember how the heroes of Russian classics, just a little, immediately went “to the waters” – to heal ailments and broken hearts? In our case, of course, we are talking about SPA centers, where the most demanding customers are offered not just body care, but give a special condition, an atmosphere that creates a feeling of bliss and peace. Such a paradise for me was the SPA-complex of the all-weather resort “Igora” near St. Petersburg. I came there to visit my relatives and at some point I realized that I just needed to escape for at least a couple of days from the problems that literally put pressure on my shoulders – there was a physical tension in the cervical-collar zone. And at home in Moscow there was simply not enough time and energy for a good massage …
In general, my relatives advised me to go to the Igora resort – the local complex has gained fame as one of the most professional and comfortable SPA in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. On the phone, I found out that just recently launched new programs of three-, five- and eight-day anti-stress SPA tours. Exactly what is needed!
Sanus per aqua
The creators of the complex primarily implemented the generally accepted formula of SPA, or Sanus Per Aqua: “Through water – to health.” The swimming area of the complex includes pools – adult and children’s – with water from an artesian well. The pools are equipped with a modern cleaning system, which allows you to take mothers with babies in the pools, as well as guests with asthma or allergies.
In addition, in the same area at any time of the year you can relax on a pebble beach with a unique artificial sun. A nice addition to the rest here will be a visit to the Finnish sauna, and if you need a daily fitness load, then at the services of everyone there is a gym, which is located right there in the complex.
In my opinion, the distinctive and strongest feature of this particular SPA center is that the resort team was able to give guests an affordable price to enjoy all their favorite wellness treatments: Vichy shower, Sharko shower, hydromassage in the bath, procedures in the universal NeoQi capsule and, Of course, floating is the last (and megapopular!) trend of the SPA world. It is impossible to ignore the “Air Cryosauna” based on the short-term exposure to cold, which stimulates the production of endorphins (the so-called hormones of happiness) and significantly increases vitality.
As if from scratch
Of course, I was primarily interested in the very Antistress programs, of which there were several – for every taste. I tried a 20-minute stay in an infrared capsule and a Vichy shower, then I was waited for by a gommage-wrapping and chiromassage of the face with warm oil according to a unique Spanish technique.
I would like to separately note the incredible and very pleasant delicacy of all the specialists of the center – at first, as a newcomer to the SPA world, it was a little strange and uncomfortable for me that before each procedure I was asked to completely undress and put on disposable underwear. However, believe me, any embarrassment passes very quickly – the staff of the center treat each guest so gently and with a great desire to help, regardless of gender and age.
So, first I lay down in an infrared capsule with vibration and after a few minutes I relaxed much better than it usually happens to me, for example, in a sauna. As soon as 10 minutes passed – half the time – the specialist turned on the Vichy shower. It consists of thousands of thread-like streams that have a mild healing effect and create a special ionized zone on the surface of the skin. They explained to me that thanks to this complex effect of this care, oxygen metabolism in the skin cells and blood circulation are significantly improved, which leads to weight loss. Actual for those who want to stay fit at any time of the year, and not just getting ready for the “bikini season”!
Then I went for a gommage wrap. Massage with a specially developed French company Thalasso Bretagne peeling cream relaxed to such an extent that I almost fell asleep – as if balancing between sleep and reality. The master paid attention to almost every centimeter of my body. At first the massage was light, but gradually became more intense, the hands of the master acted synchronously and harmoniously. After I was wrapped in a special film – and, it seems, during a 15-minute rest in this state, I really fell asleep! Be that as it may, state and mood cannot be expressed in words – it is simply amazing. The feeling that life begins with a clean slate!