This theme is based on a spa retreat I went to at a retreat center, but adapted to something that can be done at home. Europe has a long tradition of bathing in warm mineral waters for healing. Around it built an industry of natural healing - massage, exercise, herbal cures...A spa day can be a great way to establish new healthy habits as spring approaches.
Iceland is a land known for an abundance of natural and sometimes man-made geo-thermal spas. There is no shortage of geo-thermal energy on the island, and therefore no shortage of underground heat that can be harnessed into a body of water to be used for recreational purposes.
Setting the Scene:
"Natural lumber and stone, blonde wood furniture, roaring fires, elegant glassware, shimmering lighted candles: that’s Scandinavian design, and it’s warm and welcoming, filled with instantly recognizable elements." Scandinavian modern style lets natural light into the home.
A peaceful or natural setting Clean the whole house with natural cleaning products, or make natural cleaning supplies... clear the clutter to make room for Pilates mats and what not. Houseplants Ionic pro air cleaner Change the air filters Peace at Home: Simple Solutions for Relaxing Rooms Simple Home: Calm Spaces for Comfortable Living
Exfoliating bath towels & gloves Earth Therapeutics Hydro Exfoliating Towel, 1 each or body brush Sample size of personal products, like toothpaste, soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner.. Buy some things in larger sizes & break into smaller sample sizes for the loot bags
Hydrotherapy: Soak in Hot tub or Jacuzzi, infrared sauna, cool plunge or swim
Spray the sauna with essential oil as a natural disinfectant and for aromatherapy Pine - 0.5 - EssOil
From the Aura Cacia website:
North Woods Sauna Blend
In aromatherapy, pine is used in saunas, steam baths and massage blends for sore muscles. The natural evergreen aroma of pine essential oil is a sweet alternative to harshly medicinal pharmaceutical preparations. Here's a recipe that combines the oils of several plants used to add therapeutic fragrance to steams and saunas.
At Lagoon bar we also offer the exclusive chance to enjoy an easy-to-apply natural volcano scrub and algae face mask. Both are developed and produced at Blue Lagoon, using active Blue Lagoon ingredients.
Dinner: A Feast of Ice and Fire Mussels are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, especially when harvested in the spring.
Steamed Mussels Whole-grain sourdough garlic bread Whole-grain fettucini alfredo Steamed broccoli Mini Creme brulee and mini Orange Sorbet (mandarin orange sorbet in frozen cups) White Wine - crisp Sauv Blanc or Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2000 Mouton Cadet Blanc Viking Beer Sparkling mineral water with citrus zest(for non-drinkers) Shots of Akavit?
Other seafood ideas: Scallops - seared, brochettes Tuna - salad nicoise, tuna salad Lobster - lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese Caviar - potatoes with sour cream & caviar
Canna Pick: Northern Lights, use with a vaporizer
Northern Lights is a very popular strain that is good for relaxation and relieving muscle tension.
From the reviews:
"Possibly one of the most famous cannabis strains of all time, Northern Lights is pure Indica. Northern Lights has been crossed with multiple strains to create many of the best hybrids. She is the winner of the most cannabis awards worldwide, and for good reason. The Indica body buzz delivered is second to none. It is smooth and flavorful with a piney and earthy taste and smell."
"A very strong and upcoming high producing good conversation, a somewhat weightless feel, and very intense trips. Muscle spasms are a thing of the past and depression is lifted and anxiety is taken down a notch."
"An amazingly potent strain that will knock the seriousness right out of you. A very relaxed, uplifting and enjoyable high. Also a great strain for pain and somewhat good for nausea."
"I'd recommend this for anyone looking to relax. Avoid alcohol to avoid paranoia (although alcohol will enhance the euphoria) and drink some water to stay hydrated and combat dry mouth, although I drank when I smoked it I felt no nausea and I had no hangover. It was simply amazing."
Field Trip: Blue Lagoon, World-famous spa in world's most ecological city, Reykjavik Iceland
Reykjavik - Hilton Nordica Spa, Laugar Health Spa and swimming
Reykjavik Ice Bar
Whale watching tour from the harbor. If you're here at the right time of year, you´ll also be lucky to get some puffin photos.
Northern lights. See them even from downtown Reykjavik, or take a walk to Seltjarnarnes or a super jeep tour to see them without any light pollution.
Buy a hand knitted wool sweater – a must have for everyone!
The Volcano Hekla Skaftafell National Park Reynisfjara Beach Myvatn Lake and Geo-thermal Area
Once you´ve done all this, you will certainly feel closer to the Icelandic spirit and feel like you´ve had a fulfilling holiday in Reykjavik.