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Spring detox at Quebec's Spa Eastman

Naturopath Ilona Dowgiallo consults with spa guests on complementary medicine at Quebec's premier health resort, Spa Eastman.

Both a doctor in physics and herbalist, Ilona prescribes a detox regimen of Bach flower tinctures, plus bodywork by her husband Michel, who has been at Eastman for 20 years. Now a fixture at international spa conferences, Ilona lectures on “The Art of Fighting Fatigue” for Eastman guests.

Detox also shows up in hair treatments at Spa du Cheveu, Eastman’s exclusive salon devoted to the scalp.

Going green, Spa Eastman's sustainable development program includes the use of naturally filtered salt water in pools; refillable bottles of biodegradable soap in all rooms; tissue products made from 100 % recycled fibres; compact fluorescent light bulbs; natural eco-friendly certified cosmetics, and their private label Spa Eastman Experience line

The daily schedule includes guided walks, hikes, and exercise. Aqua Aerobics in the swimming pool, or relaxing at the big pond. The choice is yours. All activites, meals, and lodging are included in the daily rate. Groups take over a building, or come for special weeks devoted to raw food, naturopathy, and total immersion in health and wellness

Living Food weeks are a recent addition. Lasting 8 days/7 nights, they offer raw food menus based on sprouts, shoots, fruits, and vegetables, plus green smoothies and wheat grass juice. In addition, workshops with experts from Montreal’s Crudessence Culinary Academy build sustainable habits. The all-inclusive package is priced from $1,746 per person, double occupancy, plus tax.

Staying focused on confirmed therapeutic approaches is basic to Spa Eastman's success spanning 36 years. And there are still no telephones or TV in the rooms.

Located an hour's drive from Montreal, Spa Eastman is a non-stop flight from Washington on Air Canada, one-stop on Porter Airlines from Dulles.

Contact: 800/665-5272 or 450/297-3009; www.spa-eastman.com