Himalaya mon amour*

Published on July 18 2018

*Shout-out to Alex Nevsky, whose album title I borrowed for this blog post. Actually, I didn’t even have to think about it, it was so obvious.

What’s not to love about a Himalayan salt body treatment at the Nordik? Ahhhhh.

Why Himalayan salt? Why not table salt? For that matter, why not Tibetan pepper? I’ve done the research for you. According to Wikipedia, this pink-hued salt comes from the Khewra mine in Pakistan. Buried hundreds of metres underground, the salt deposits are protected from external pollutants. The crystals that come out of the mine are unrefined, unbleached, non-iodized and free of additives. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

The mine was supposedly discovered by the troops of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. Legend has it that his army’s battle-weary horses recovered their strength after licking the salt stones.

As for the salt’s special properties, I focused my research on wellness sites. According to these sites, Himalayan salt is the be-all and end-all: it reduces the signs of aging, strengthens bones, dissolves toxins, prevents gastric reflux, boosts libido … What can I say? It makes you want to get salted from head to toe.

Nordik’s salt treatment

The one-hour treatment is divided into three steps: rubbing with Himalayan salt stones, exfoliation, and a moisturizing cream wrap.

Stretched out on the table, I’m more than ready for this sensory experience. The first step involves rubbing hot stones over the body, which opens the pores of the skin. Even at this initial stage, the heat is deeply relaxing. Next comes exfoliation with essential oils and very fine Himalayan salt. I feel a layer of skin well past its best-before date peeling away, along with a layer of stress and tension. An important and soothing step! The salt is wiped off with a towel, then it’s time for the last stage, which is an olfactory delight. I have to say, the creams used at Nordik, Comfort Zone, smell really nice. A calming and softening tonic, a sublime eye cream—I couldn’t list everything that was applied to my body, but I do know it was all divine. The best thing about all this is that you can buy these products on your way out.

An hour later, I leave the spa with soft, smooth skin, totally blissed out. Just about ready to climb a mountain. And, say: could it have been in the Himalayas that the concept of nirvana was born?

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