I've tested the energizing nap

Sophie Allard .

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7th of May 2013 Edition

 

Where? 

At the nap station of Spa Eastman Montreal.

What is it? 

It's a service offered since January, a Quebec premiere at Spa Eastman Montreal. We're installed on a chair in a reclining position, in a tiny room with slow lighting, surrounded by the comforting scents of essential oils. We are  lulled by Angelini's music and the sound of waves. thanks to the NeuroSpa technology, intra-corporal music (mutli-frequency acoustic vibrations) allows "the transmission of muscular and mental commands through the nervous system; central, sympathetic and parasympathetic", is said to bring us to a complete relaxation.

For whom? 

"Especiallly for business women and men who work downtown," indicates Nathalie Roy, director of Spa Eastman Montreal. It's more efficient that a nap and the clients don't have to undress, it makes for a service that requires little time." The nap also is part of the "Jet Lag" package offered to clients of neighboring hotel.

My experience :

Monday, 2 PM. With slow steps and a greyish tint, I'm heading towards Spa Eastman of Montreal where I have an appointment for an energizing nap. After a very busy morning and a night of intermittent sleep, the timing is right. I'm brought into a cabin (a small room with dark walls), I'm installed on a long chair, legs raised, before covering myself with a Polar blanket. "You aren't claustrophobic?" the attendant asks me as she lowers a canopy. That's it, I feel I'm in a cocoon. It starts: ambient sounds, rain and waves, are enveloping. The music is relaxing. The chair emits vibrations, in the small of my back. It's rather disturbing, unpleasant; the vibrations seem too strong. Then, I get used to it and I let myself be rocked by this ever more pleasant massage. The context is optimal to letting oneself go into the arms of Morpheus. I flirt with sleep a few times and, honestly, I hope it'll last forever. After 40 minutes, the end of the music means a return to reality: disappointment. I find myself in the downtown hubbub, I am surprisingly calm, energized, not at all smudged. Ready to continue the day? For sure!


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Sometimes, around 3 PM, I would lie down in a ball under my desk. Especially when vacations seemed as inaccessible as the Kilimandjaro and that I found myself in front of a mountain of deadlines. The English have a nice name for that: the Power Nap. The 15-minute (or more!) nap that puts things back in their place. But who can afford down time right in the middle of the week?

And then I learn that Spa Eastman offers a re-energizing nap like this. An appointment is taken during the week.  Nestled on the 16th floor of an anonymous tower, this health stop breathes tranquility in the heart of the Montreal hubbub. Clients and employees whisper as if they wanted to preserve a protected territory.

In a small room, I sit in an armchair with rounded shapes. The legs elevated, my body finds itself in a state of weightlessness. The captivating rhythms of the music and the movements of the armchair recall the waves of the big blue. I start to drift. My muscles relax, my jaw unclenches. After 45 minutes, I open my eyes: a feeling of calm and joy envelops me.

I exit from there recharged. Ready to attack everything I've been neglecting for days. Hmmm... next time I'll want to spoil myself, instead of window shopping, I'll go have a nap.

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