Revitalize Mind and Body: Guide to Wellness at Larsmont Cottages

By Brett
Let us walk you through several relaxing activities and experience as well as their benefits, which can be chosen at Larsmont Cottage, for those who want to increase their well-being while on vacation.

Located right in Two Harbors, with 1,300 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, and surrounded by 40 acres of Minnesota Northwoods, Larsmont Cottages has become the perfect place to go for a North Shore wellness getaway. The privacy and seclusion offer visitors the opportunity enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the North Shore, and connect with themselves.

Let us walk you through several relaxing activities and experience as well as their benefits, which can be chosen at Larsmont Cottages, for those who want to increase their well-being while on vacation.

Authentic Finnish Sauna

Near the main lodge beside Lake Superior is an authentic wood-fired Finnish sauna. Sauna bathing is popular way of relaxing and rejuvenating your body, especially on the Minnesota North Shore.  

Saunas can help promote relaxation and reduce stress levels by creating a warm, calming environment. According to one study, the dry heat of a Finnish sauna can help to clear the respiratory passages and improve breathing, making it beneficial for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Sweating in a sauna helps to detoxify the body by removing toxins and impurities through the skin. The heat of a sauna can assist in relieving pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. With nearby Lake Superior, lots of sauna enthusiasts choose to cool down with a refreshing dip in the inland sea, Lake Superior, afterwards.

Sauna is available year-round at Larsmont Cottages. Every May, Larsmont Cottages celebrates the sauna culture with Sauna Days, a three-day event filled with sauna experiences, sauna talk, Finnish food, live music, craft beer, and more.

Lake Superior massage near Two Harbors at Larsmont Cottages

Massage on the Shore of Lake Superior

Larsmont Cottages provides an integrated body wellness experience through massage.

The benefits of massage are plentiful, with its most well-known ability to reduce stress and tension. Massage therapy can help to release endorphins, the body’s natural-feel good chemical, which promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels.  Additionally, massage has been known as an effective treatment to alleviate pain caused by tension, inflammation, and muscle spasms. Not only that but massage can also help increase blood flow, which can improve overall health and reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure and those suffering from diabetes. The physicals benefit of massage also comes with improved moods, better sleep quality, and mental clarity. Studies have shown location can have a great effect on a person, the combination of massage, Larsmont's proximity to Lake Superior(and nature) can provide an even greater wellness experience.

Massage services are not limited to guests who stay there, but to all who wish to experience massage treatment. Sessions are available in 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions with different modalities, like deep-tissue massage and add-on services such as hot stones, and CBD enhancements.

Learn more about massage at Larsmont here.

Yoga: Strike a Pose

The therapeutic benefits of yoga have been well studied and documented, making it a great form of exercise and stress management for those seeking to practice mind-body wellness. Regular practice of yoga has been shown to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and overall physical well-being, including reducing stress levels, anxiety, and depression. Many find that yoga provides a sense of inner peace and relaxation, which helps its practitioners feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Guests looking to stretch and strengthen their bodies, calm their minds, or simply unwind can participate in yoga through Odyssey Experiences. Yoga experiences at Larsmont are geared toward beginners, but also can let those who practice yoga keep up with their wellness routines while travelling.


Forest Bathing on the North Shore

Also known as shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is a practice which involves immersing oneself in nature to promote physical and mental well-being. The practice, originating in Japan in the 1980s, has gained in popularity worldwide recently. The act involves spending time in the forest, walking around, and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. Forest bathing is meant to be a deliberate and meaningful way to connect with nature, and by extension lead to improved overall health and wellness. It is also a means to provide the opportunity to disconnect further from day-to-day life and technology, by leaving the phone off (or at home) while resting in nature.

The benefits of forest bathing are numerous, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving mood, and boosting the immune system. The practice also enhances the activity of natural killer cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and illnesses. Additionally, studies have shown that spending time in nature can lower cortisol levels by providing an escape from the stress of day-to-day life and technology. 

Larsmont's nestled location amongst the Minnesota Northwoods gives plenty of room for solitude and the opportunity to slow down outside among the trees. Plus, Larsmont's proximity to the great outdoors, means that the wilderness is never too far away if one decides to turn their forest bath into a hike.

Whether guests are looking to treat themselves with a relaxing massage, sweat out the toxins in a Finnish sauna, find tranquility through yoga, or enjoy the solitude of nature amongst the trees, guests of Larsmont Cottages are never at a loss for choice when it comes to deciding on a wellness activity to pursue.

Larsmont's serene setting on the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior, makes it a peaceful and rejuvenating escape from everyday life, and a chance to unplug for a while and reconnect with themselves.

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