By Emily Stone
Whether you wish to let your body effectively recover from those long days on the mountain, or you simply want to get out of the cold and relax in a warm room for a while, then there’s a high chance Welwinds has something to offer you! Conveniently situated on Fourth Street East, just off the junction with Victoria, this yoga studio and therapeutic spa offers healing massage and acupuncture therapies, as well as a huge range of yoga classes led by some of the finest instructors in B.C.
Diane Mahoney, owner/founder of Welwinds and a Registered Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist, encourages you to create space in your routine for your own health. She suggests that a good way to start is to get yourself down to the studio for a weekly yoga class, and to indulge in a monthly healing massage or acupuncture therapy treatment. “Massage is excellent for improving muscle function for sport,” she explains. This is especially important at this time of year when the snowsports enthusiasts among us may be recovering from intense days skiing, riding or sledding. Opt for a deep tissue or hot stone massage to free deep-seated tension, or unwind during a relaxing Swedish massage. For an overall wellness boost, try acupuncture – according to Chinese medicine, the insertion of tiny needles into pressure points across the body helps to balance the Qi (pronounced chee) – energy believed to flow through certain pathways in the body. Acupuncture is also widely supported in Western medicine, since the stimulation of nerves and muscle at given pressure points enhance blood flow and engage the body’s natural pain killers and immune system, bringing the body into its greatest state of health. Diane and her team of therapists – Edwige, a naturopathic doctor, and Gaelle – are all experienced practitioners of the quality treatments that Welwinds has to offer. Make sure you get your booking in using the website or phone number below!
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or total beginner, Welwinds has the perfect class for you. As the only studio in town to offer Hot Yoga, Welwinds is the place to turn for the additional benefits of stretching assisted by heat. Not sure about hot yoga, but wish to try it? Head to one of the Warm Yoga classes for a taste of temperature. Choose from Warm Core Stretch, a core-stabilisation class; the deeply-relaxing and slow-paced Warm Restorative; and Warm Yin with Thai Adjustments. The latter combines yoga with components of Thai massage for an all-round muscle revival! Welwinds also hosts regular Vinyasa classes, Yoga for Skiers and Boarders, a morning Warrior Flow and a Yoga-Pilates fusion class. Release your inner acrobat with Acro Yoga classes on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 1:30 p.m. Whatever vibe you are riding, there is a yoga class to suit you! Check the schedule online at welwinds.com.
Wish to try yoga floating on the surface of a stunning mountain lake? Another reason to be stoked for summer: Welwinds offers Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga sessions too! You also have the chance to complete your 200 hours yoga teacher training through the studio, should you wish to pursue yoga as a career.
If you’re hoping to try out yoga for the first time, are new to town or simply haven’t made it down to Welwinds yet, the studio offers an introductory month of unlimited yoga classes for just $49! Don’t hesitate to make the most of this offer. Following on from this, a month of unlimited classes at the regular price will only cost you $89 – looking after your mind and body really won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Just visiting, or wanting to try a class? You can simply drop by the studio – it will cost you $15, and you can use this advertisement for a $5 discount!
509 4th Street E
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This article first appeared in the February issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.