Spring is the time for clearing out closets, sweeping away cobwebs and putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But, when it comes to spring cleaning, fridges and bathrooms aren’t the only things that could use some serious TLC. Winter weather is exceptionally harsh on the skin, and the demands of work and everyday stresses can take a toll on the mind and body. So, we suggest taking the time to perform some personal spring maintenance. Here are some ideas.
Hightail it to the spa
At Grail Springs Spa in Bancroft, Ont., wellness seekers can indulge in everything from detox cleanses to yoga classes in this comprehensive retreat that also includes life coaching and meditation. Or, if you just want to be pampered, try an Austrian Moor Mud Facial or a Canadian Pacific Seasalt Scrub.
If you’re looking for something that’s as scenic as it is invigorating, then the Canadian Rockies is the perfect setting. The Mountain Wellness Day Spa in Jasper, Alta., specializes in organic products and offers everything from mud wraps to cellulite treatments. Meanwhile, at the Temple Mountain Spa at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise you can enjoy a variety of body therapies, including the Rose Clay Hydrating Body Therapy or the Black Mud Balancing Body Therapy.
Be one with your inner yogi
Situated on 70 acres of lush green meadows and forests, Salt Spring Island Centre for Yoga, in B.C., is the perfect place to escape daily stresses and reflect. From lengthy retreats to individual drop-in classes, there’s a program for every level of commitment.
If you prefer to be in the tropics, surrounded by palm trees and bamboo, seek out Kalani Oceanside Retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island. The yoga centre offers healthy meals, daily classes, wellness programs and excursions that take advantage of the unique geography and landscape.
Give your digestive system a break with lighter vegetarian fare. At Toronto’s Woodlot, a restaurant with a wood oven that cranks out simple home-style food, the vegetarian menu offers a variety of delicious and nutritious options, including popular favourites like roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted parsnip rosti with swiss chard, aged cheddar, spiced red cabbage and carrot vinaigrette.
While there are excellent vegetarian restaurants in almost every city, Kajitsu, in New York City, created a whole new set of standards with its shojin (Japanese Zen Buddhism) cuisine. The artfully composed dishes use vegetables in ways that make you completely forget about meat. For lunch, Kajitsu offers a la carte options like ramen noodles in spicy miso broth topped with seasonal vegetables; and for dinner, it offers two prix-fixe menus to choose from, which include dishes like sizzling mushrooms with grated daikon, millet and ponzu sauce and root vegetables in plum broth.