Archive for May 21st, 2009

Taking the Plunge at Spa Montage

The sauna, Jacuzzi, cold plunge, and steam at Spa Montage.

The sauna, Jacuzzi, cold plunge, and steam at Spa Montage.

I recently spent a weekend on the west coast in the OC at the divine Montage Laguna Beach. My arrival was prefaced with cross-country air travel, an hour drive in traffic, and a recent month-long bout with insomnia. So when I was invited to kick off my weekend with the Art of Spa experience at Spa Montage, I was intrigued—but a little scared. The signature service involves a guided circuit between heat in the sauna, steam, and Jacuzzi and a cold plunge. While I realize that shuttling between hot and cold experiences is great for your circulation and overall health, I hate being cold and was not looking forward to dunking myself several times in a chilly plunge pool. But after spending some time with my therapist and guide, the lovely Diane Okamura, I was ready to dive right in. The contrast between the heat and the cold wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be—I actually felt quite invigorated and refreshed. And as Diane promised, I slept like a baby for the first time in weeks. In fact, she convinced me to end all of my future showers with a blast of cold water, something I never thought I would do. But my hair and skin look better, and I’m definitely catching a lot more zzz’s. I’ll be writing more about my incomparable Spa Montage experience in an upcoming issue. We’ll also give you the scoop on the newest Montage outpost—Montage Beverly Hills, so stay tuned!

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