In Pursuit of Health at Spa Eastman in Quebec

Try a health-focused program such as thermotherapy at Spa Eastman in Quebec

Marili_Levac_Spa-EastmanSpa Eastman: Marili Levac

Spa Eastman is surrounded by 326 acres of picturesque wooded lands and rolling hills in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Founded in 1977, it’s a veritable health village and Canada’s first destination health spa. Since the beginning, Spa Eastman’s restaurant has been offering a cuisine that focuses on healthy nutrition, serving up foods with little to no processing, organic first cold-pressed oils and natural sugars. Spa Eastman was awarded “best spa in Canada” by Spafinder’s 2015 Wellness Travel Awards.

The Health Immersion Package (available for five, seven or 14 nights) is the resort’s most complete program. Upon arrival, you meet with a health coach, who helps determine which aspects of your life need improvement, whether it’s weight, sleep or stress.

A naturopath and a kinesiologist create a program to accomplish these health goals. As with Red Mountain Resort, guests can have private consultations and/or join in on the many wellness seminars, such as healthy cooking, stress management and meditation. They also have access to a daily program of physical activity, such as fitness walks, yoga, cardio-boxing, stretching and muscle toning. The focus is on helping you find the keys to the art of living healthy and fit.

Spa Eastman also invites its clientele to take the waters in the European way and learn about the benefits of contrasting hot and cold water on their overall health based on the Kneipp approach (made famous in the German spa town of Bad Wörishofen, where Father Sebastian Kneipp, the “water doctor,” first cured illnesses in 1855).

The Eastman-les-Bains thermotherapy zone includes a hammam (eucalyptus steam bath), a Finnish sauna (dry sauna), an infrared sauna (dry sauna), outdoor hot tubs, a polar bath and a Kneipp circuit for the arms and legs, an igloo shower with peppermint essential oil mists, indoor and outdoor pools, and an ecological pond for swimming (which is open year-round).

The resort’s Pursuit of Health option provides a follow-up by their professionals after the guest leaves and involves staying in touch to answer any questions and give encouragement throughout the follow-up process (available for three months to one year).

Visiting Spa Eastman

Spa Eastman is a 90-minute drive south of Montreal’s main airport. Air Canada, Porter Airlines and WestJet offer regular flights to Montreal from a number of Canadian cities. Via Rail from Toronto, Ottawa or Quebec City is another option to get to Montreal. Either rent a car or book a shuttle directly with the hotel from the Montreal airport. The Health Immersion Package (available in five, seven and 14-night packages) starts at $1,582.

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