Wellness in Winter – The Alpina Gstaad


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Winter brings its own challenges to our wellbeing, from S.A.D and dry skin to ailments such as asthma and flu. Consequently, we’re increasingly seeking wellness as part of our winter breaks. Whether it’s to help boost our immunity, or simply get some of the ‘feel-good’ factor back thanks to a lack of Vitamin D in these darker months.
The Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland has plenty of offer winter guests who have wellbeing at the top of their agenda. From tailored spa programmes and treatments which make the skin glow, to motivating fitness classes and holistic yoga.

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Last year at The Alpina Gstaad we introduced the Six Senses Integrated Wellness programme in our spa, the first hotel in Switzerland to do so. It’s demonstrative of our serous approach to wellness and how we are much more than a luxury hotel with a spa,” explains Spa Director, Petula Elzenaar.

Seeking to offer as much variety for its guests as possible, The Alpina Gstaad has introduced new activities this winter including SUP Yoga & Fitness in the spa. In addition to skiing, other outdoor activities include snowshoe hiking and fat biking.

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To help combat winter’s dry spell, Elzenaar recommends the following three treatments from The Alpina Gstaad’s spa menu:

  1. The Six Senses Deep Tissue Massage – a deep oil-based massage to ease muscle tension and reawaken the senses. Silicone cups are used to lift connective tissue and improve blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles
  2. The Triple Lift Mountain Facial with Biologique Recherche – ideal for rehydrating dry, mature and dehydrated skin, this ultra-hydrating and restorative facial combines MC110 lotion to smooth away fine lines with the Lift C.V.S treatment, to stimulate the skin and redefine the contours of the face
  3. The Divine Face treatment (using ila products) – an uplifting treatment targeting specific energy points to remove tension and toxins, stimulate energy flow and restore beautifully glowing skin

Elzenaar also shared these tips for keeping well in winter. “It’s important to ensure you increase your fluids to avoid dryness in winter. Use lots of moisturisers and lotions as well as drinking plenty of water. If you find water boring, add fruit or mint leaves to improve the flavour, or try green tea which boosts your metabolism. To help keep motivation levels high for exercise, mix up your usual routine with a new type of class or find a workout buddy.”

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