IT’S THAT DIVINE TIME of the year where Canada turns grey and we start to count down the days until we can wear sandals and canoe without parkas. One of our favourite ways to escape the winter blues, reduce stress and recharge after the holidays is…another holiday!

DON’T STRESS about where to go- that will just put stress on your body. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is made up of three parts, two of which are the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. That means almost every system in our body is regulated, in some way, by the ANS, including digestion, circulatory function, cardiovascular performance and hormonal systems. That is why it is important to reduce stress so we keep our bodies healthy and strong. What better way to do that then with a little holiday wellness.

A HOLIDAY after the holidays is the best way to recharge and de-stress as we prepare for another year ahead. You don’t need to go far for your next holiday. Here are our top 5 favourite escapes in Ontario.

Top 5 Local Escapes:

LANGDON HALL: This classic award winning resort may have been around for years but it’s still one of favourites. They provide a variety of therapies and spa packages that are great for a weekend or just a day trip.

STE.ANNES: Their philosophy focuses on creating an atmosphere to help rebuild your strength, recapture your energy, and reflect on what's truly important in your life. Taking time for yourself is crucial, otherwise your health, family, work and spiritual needs will suffer. There are a many ways to save at this spa so make sure you stay in the loop.

SCANDINAVE: Situated on 25 acres of natural Ontario birch, Canadian maple and pine trees, the Spa has expansive views of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment. Sign up for their bi-monthly Spa Moment Newsletter to stay connected and informed about our Baths, special offers, relaxation techniques and events taking place around Scandinave Spa.

IWA Blue Mountain Spa: Award Winning Spa of 2015, this spa offers a variety of services including Gan Ban- volcanic rock therapy. This unique spa wellness experience is with stone beds that soothe muscles. It will accelerate metabolism, eliminate toxins from the body and allow for increased circulation while heating your inner core.

CLARAMOUNT: This Hotel & Spa in Prince Edward County where you can pamper yourself with luxurious rooms, innovate spa treatments & high quality dining. Claramount’s Spa is an Eminence Certified Green Spa, committed to keeping things eco friendly and a positive environment for everyone.