Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts/photographer John Sutton
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are under way in Vancouver, British Columbia, and as the athletes gear up for their sporting events, spas in the surrounding area are also commemorating the spirit of the Games. These spa services, inspired by the celebrated international sporting spectacle, are tailored toward spectators and athletes alike and will leave you feeling like a champion, even if you’re not on the medal stand.
At the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, guests can get into the Games with the Podium Après Alpine Experience. The 110-minute treatment, endorsed by Britt Janyk of the 2010 Canadian Alpine Women’s Ski Team, combines rejuvenating hot stone, deep-tissue, and stretching massage techniques with a soothing peppermint lotion foot rub.
Avello Spa & Health Club at the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler invites guests to “kick-start your countdown to the 2010 Olympics” with discount specials on its relaxing Foot Revitaliser and Express Revitaliser Massage; all treatments include complimentary use of the spa’s health club facilities.
The Post-Game Facial at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, nestled in downtown Vancouver, is “perfect for athletes”; the 60-minute service incorporates a deep-cleansing facial and concludes with an arm, hand, and foot exfoliation and massage.
Gold, silver, bronze—the Ayurvedic-inspired Vida Spa lets you win all three: The spa is currently featuring the Gold Metal Facial, Silver Metal Facial, and Bronze Metal Glow at each of its four Vancouver properties.
The skincare specialty shop Skoah will pass the torch on its skin-care savvy when it partners with five “skin athletes” who use, test-run, and offer performance feedback on products.
Serious athletes depend on spa services, particularly massage, as a significant part of their training regimen. It’s been reported that Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps unwinds with two massages a day, and his U.S. teammate Dara Torres had two massage therapists on standby when the athletes competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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