Are the winter months driving you crazy? Does your job have you in a bad mood? Is the looming thought of university finals giving you serious tension headaches?
Chances are, if you’re a human being with any amount of stress in your life (aka everyone), you’re looking for some much needed R&R right now.
Montreal - a city booming with the best nightclubs, plenty of tourists, and loud live music - can be a tough place to relax. If you’ve exhausted every cozy café, yoga studio, masseuse and meditation class in the city, I have good news for you: there’s a new kid on the block, and they seriously know how to de-stress you.
Spa Cloud is Montreal’s all-new, all-natural urban lifestyle spa. Located in the city’s trendiest neighbourhood, Griffintown, Spa Cloud caters to pretty much everyone: busy professionals, athletes, yogis, students and spa enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a place to let go of life’s troubles, this is it.
The all-natural spa is the first to introduce cryotherapy, one of the most up-to-date and most-coveted treatments among celebs and athletes around the world. If you're unfamiliar with the process, it's basically a sauna-style, free-standing chamber that's chilled to -145 degrees Celsius using liquid nitrogen.
Before you freak out, stepping inside of this seemingly terrifyingly cold chamber is actually good for you. Imagine opening the door of your freezer at home. You'll feel a dry blast of cold and be exposed for just one to three minutes, immediately stimulating the body's healing mechanisms (like the ice baths used by the NHL, NFL and NBA).
And it has a whole host of benefits. In addition to the healing process, the Cyrosauna helps to reduce cellulite, increase flexibility, boost your metabolism to stimulate weight loss (you can burn 500-800 calories per treatment), get rid of blemishes and acne, and produce collagen for a more even skin tone.
For athletes, cryotherapy promotes faster, more efficient recovery from sports-related strain and injuries, relief of pain, and increased energy. It also decreases muscle soreness, improves post-surgery healing, reduces frequency of colds, and relieves depression, anxiety, insomnia and migraines. So yeah, it's pretty good for you.
If cryotherapy isn't your thing, Spa Cloud is also the only spa in Canada to offer Lucia N.03: An Austrian device that activates the pineal gland (or, the third eye) to allow you to achieve a deep sense of meditation.
Supported by doctors and scientists around the world, the meditative device uses flickering white lights to induce the user into a "hypnagogic state" – a type of transitional state between wakefulness and sleep.
The light passes through the retina and the pineal gland, awakening your inner consciousness and producing images, shapes and colours. The treatment - which is a mere $60 for 30 minutes or $99 for 60 minutes - opens up new kinds of networks inside the brain and can feel like quite the transcendent experience.
To keep your visit as healthy as possible, Spa Cloud also has a live plant wall in their lounge to ensure you're breathing the cleanest, freshest air possible.
And if that's not enough to keep you de-stressed, their massages are super well-known, and feature innovative techniques like Tibetan singing bowls, aromatherapy and crystal starlights on their ceilings, too.
Interested in visiting Montreal's newest, coolest oasis for a bit of serious R&R? Yeah, us too! Oh, and one more thing? MTL Blog readers get a special deal: an additional $10 off Spa Cloud's Signature and Recharge package, which includes their Signature Massage and Lucia No3 treatments! All you have to do is enter promo code mtlblog at checkout.