The Finns once used saunas for everything from smoking salmon to giving birth. Today's version -- the infrared lamp sauna -- uses radiant heat at a more comfortable 43 degrees celsius.
#7, 1922 9th Ave. S.E. Calgary, Alberta
403-262-5503 or toll free 866-262-5553
$25 for 45 minutes, $99 for one-month membership.
Spa Oasis Aveda Day Spa
448 Baker St. Nelson, B.C. V1L 4H8
$25 for 30 minutes; after six sessions, seventh is free.
Stone therapy alternately relaxes and reinvigorates the nervous system by placing hot basalt (volcanic)and cold marble stones along the spinal column.
Spruce Body Lab
1128 Richards St., Vancouver, B.C.
$115 for 60 minutes, $145 for 90 minutes.
One Truth Transformational Workshops
14 Portal Court, Dundas, Ontario L9H 6A4
$70 for 80 minutes, $90 for 95 minutes.
An ancient Chinese medical art whereby vacuum cups are applied along the body "meridians," or energy channels, creating a suction effect.
Nan Acupunture Therapy Centre
Nan Mah C.M.D. Dr. Ac
1368 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba 204-633-6195
Thai herbal heat:
Using a "prakop," a hot cotton compress that contains a blend of 20 herbs including camphor, lemon grass, turmeric, Thai ginger and kaffir lime, the compress is kneaded across aching muscles.
Holtz Spa (two locations) 45 Rideau St., 2nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K2H 4J6 613-241-7770, and at the Hilton Suites, 8500 Warden Ave., Markham, Ontario L6G 1A5 905-470-8522 www.holtzspa.com
$55 for 30 minutes, $270 for Thai Spa Getaway (includes Thai sugar scrub and Thai massage).
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
P.O. Box 16 Jesmond, Clinton, B.C. V0K 1K0
The Luk Pra Kob herbal rejuvenation ritual, which includes various herbal bath, body and massage services, ranges from $185 for 90 minutes to $385 for 150 minutes.
Paraffin wax baths and Parafango:
Paraffin-wax baths involve "spot-soaking" troubled body parts in temperature-controlled hot wax; parafango invites full-body immersion in a mix of fango mud and paraffin.
Solitude Aesthetics and Day Spa
45 Maple Ave., Barrie, Ontario L4N 1R9
(705) 727-0788 or 1-866-427-0788 www.solitudespa.com
$110 full-body wax treatment, $90 warm paraffin wax facial, $90 parafango.
Satori Day Spa
1205 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta, T1W 1P5