It’s all fun and games on the mountain, but being too sore to move after the ski boots come off is a buzzkill. There are benefits to getting a massage in addition to how good it feels at the moment. Deep-tissue massage reduces injury recovery time and promotes healing after strenuous activity. A sports massage helps relax tired muscles after strenuous activity, decreases soreness and improves range of motion. Other massage and spa treatments help you relax, improve your sleep quality and help with body awareness positions.
Here are treatments from some of the best ski destinations in North America.
The 7,000-square-foot Spa at Viceroy Snowmass offers a wide range of holistic spa treatments, many of which are inspired by Nordic, Ute and Asian cultures. The Bear Dance is a Ute ceremony symbolizing the awakening of the bear from hibernation. The bear is honored as a spiritual helper in strength, wisdom, and renewal. This treatment begins sloughing away dull skin. You then “hibernate” and restore via a hydrating, warm body wrap. What follows is a tension-relieving sacred stone massage. The goal: awaken the mind, body, and spirit for complete renewal.
Whistler, B.C., Canada
A Swedish massage improves circulation and oxygenates muscles. It also incorporates anti-inflammatory essential oils to help with muscles that are overworked and sore from playing on the mountain.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Skilled therapists perform therapeutic, orthopedic and traditional bodywork to increase your mobility while reducing muscle pain. The Therapeutic Deep Massage incorporates deep and direct pressure to provide relief of muscle tension and fatigue.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Copper has been used medicinally to treat painful joints and muscles for centuries. This treatment incorporates eucalyptus and camphor oils. The warm, bubbling, copper mud wrap not only relieves muscle tension but also de-stresses.
The Mountain Meditation begins with dry exfoliation and a detoxifying seaweed wrap. A personal set of harmonizing stones is placed along your chakras to promote balance and clarity. The Summit Stone Massage doesn’t just relieve exhausted muscles; it promotes balance as well, which is super important on the slopes.
There are many lovely massage therapies at this Auberge Resort destination, but this deep tissue version is designed to provide relief after a challenging day on the winter slopes. Deep, targeted, pressure massage is paired with arnica-infused, anti-inflammatory oil to restore and melt knotted muscle. Even the spa’s Signature Massage incorporates elements to reduce inflammation, promote circulation and relieve joint pain and stiffness.