21 March 2012

Visual Therapy

Therme Vals’ mountain setting
Vals thermal baths
View from the pool
Austere beauty
The view from my room
IRMA goes for a walk in Vals, Graubünden, Switzerland

THERME VALS: Stone and water at various temperatures, the play of light changing continuously throughout the day, I find a mystic source of calm at Therme Vals. At the turnstile as you enter the Therme Vals there is a brass plaque pointing the way: “Therapie”. A stairway to the left leads below the bathing level to a floor dedicated to the wellbeing of the guests. The therapies and treatments offered here are designed to relieve tension and pamper: masks, exfoliation, baths, wraps, and massages.

Here, the Vals gneiss is polished and smooth – velvety concrete walls with noble brass doors on the mountain side; the treatment area on the valley side. Behind the brilliant blue Murano glass doors are the separate massage rooms, their walls and ceilings coated with metallic paint. A small square window frames the landscape: the guest’s own personal picture.

After your treatment, relax on a leather couch, have a cup of herbal tea, gaze through a large window at the opposite side of the valley, and enjoy the landscape and the stunning architecture by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor who built this oasis over thermal springs and whose perfect structures are pure relaxation for your eyes and mind.

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