Feeling chilly? Here are some great ways to warm up in Bend, Oregon
January 5, 20234 minute read
Treat yo’self. In Bend, that’s easy to do.
As much as Central Oregon is known as an outdoor recreation wonderland, we also know how to take care of our amazing bodies that let us do all the outside activities we love.
As you plan your day of adventure and exploration in Central Oregon—whether that’s teaching the kiddo to ski at Mt. Bachelor or spending an afternoon shopping with girlfriends at the Old Mill District—make sure to schedule some time for your own bliss, relaxation, and wellness.
Enter a place where stress disappears as you give in to the relaxing indulgence of a Bend spa, find healing in an acupuncture session, practice mindfulness with a yoga workshop, or pedal your worries away with a spin class.
Deep relaxation awaits at one of the many spas in Bend, Oregon. Whether you’re getting the ladies together for a spa day, treating yourself and your sweetheart to a couples massage, or taking some personal time to relax and unwind, there’s no doubt you’ll leave a Bend spa with a little more pep in your step.
Bend, Oregon spas offer everything from Swedish massages to facials to hot stone treatments to cleansing herbal mud treatments. The result: a rejuvenated mind, body, and spirit.
Bend is known to have some of the finest massage therapists in the country, working to alleviate the aches and pains of Central Oregon’s professional and recreational athletes. Here are just a few of the fine spas in Bend.
The NOW Massage Bend makes a great pick for Bend visitors craving a spur-of-the-moment massage. They offer same-day massages and even walk-in massage appointments as the schedule allows. Choose between 25-minute, 50-minute, and 80-minute sessions in their blissful massage suite filled with sweet ocean sounds. If you’re a NOW Massage member at another location, seize the chance to use your benefit in our high desert oasis.
Spa W, voted Central Oregon’s Best Day Spa by The Source Weekly readers for a whopping 17 consecutive years, features an expansive selection of services. Enjoy a Honey Sugar Glow Body Treatment. Unwind in their steam room. Teach your teenager the importance of skin care with a Teen Spirit facial. Opt for a CBD Massage to relieve the soreness that comes along with the active Bend lifestyle. Spa W even offers special spa treatments for men and bridal parties.
A surprisingly gentle and effective technique, Sole Purpose Massage specializes in barefoot massage—delivering deep, broad, and soothing pressure to relieve your pain and muscle tension. In addition to their Ashiatsu barefoot massage, Sole Purpose incorporates a variety of massage techniques and tools, including cupping, gua sha, targeted myofascial release, and Thai stretching to create lasting changes in your body.
Relax and rejuvenate with an eco-friendly spa treatment from Anjou Spa. Dedicated to the art of looking and feeling good, inside and out, Anjou believes how you start, transition, and complete your service is an important part of the overall experience. The spa features three specialized rooms: an aromatic steam room infused with eucalyptus oils, a heat and steam room that cycles between bursts of hot and cold steam, and a hot sand room inspired by traditional Korean ondols (warm floors). Anjou places high emphasis on using organic, natural ingredients. If you plan to make regular spa visits, consider becoming a spa member. You’ll receive special monthly services, incentives, samples, and discounts.
Jinsei Spa uses natural and organic oils, butters, scrubs, lotions, and skincare products that support a healthy body, mind, and environment. Release tension and muscle aches with one of their therapeutic massages. Improve the look and texture of your skin with a facial. Give your hands and feet some extra love with their manicure and pedicure treatments. Jinsei even offers a romantic couple’s suite featuring a fireplace, a steam room, a large soaking tub, and a rain room.
If you favor a more intimate day spa experience over larger facilities, Bella Nuova on Newport Avenue has the vibe you’re seeking. When the weather’s warm, you can even book a facial in their lush outdoor garden.
For increased flexibility, better balance, greater mindfulness, and to Om away stress, take a yoga or meditation class in Bend. Yoga is an ancient and complex practice, rooted in Indian philosophy. What began as a spiritual practice has become a popular way to promote physical and mental well-being. Yoga classes in Bend run the gamut from gentle yoga classes, where you may spend an entire hour lying down, to power yoga classes, where you’re in constant motion working up a sweat. One thing they all have in common? An emphasis on connecting with your breath and being 100% present (leaving all of your worries outside the studio).
Find your zen at Namaspa Community Yoga. Namaspa is committed to making yoga accessible to all experience levels, body types, ages, and incomes—standing behind the “community” in their name. Offering more than 50 classes each week to accommodate every schedule, seasoned yogis join with first-timers for yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, Ayurveda, and massage. Instructors are focused on ensuring you’re given the space and guidance to dissolve physical, mental, and energetic blocks. Through the balance of effort and ease, you’ll create a new level of openness, freedom, and connection.
Groove Yoga provides an inclusive and welcoming yoga experience for all skill levels. Classes are heated to around 85 degrees, inspiring music plays from the speakers, and encouraging yoga instructors lead the way to a nourishing and fulfilling yoga experience. Groove is committed to promoting a space of compassion and connection, where you feel supported and challenged—whether that’s with a sweaty and firey class, a sweet and slow rejuvenating class, or a calm and mindful meditation. All classes are designed to be energetic, uplifting, and playful. Groove believes it’s important to take your practice seriously, but yourself lightly.
Yoga Shala in downtown Bend offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for beginners and seasoned yogis. Their name is rooted in the Sanskrit word “Shala,” meaning school, home, or abode. With a diverse class schedule and options for drop-in classes and punch cards, they’re a great spot to try if you’re passing through Bend.
For those who like it hot, Bend Hot Yoga offers traditional hot yoga, a precise, scientifically-created sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises designed to be practiced for 90 minutes in a 100-degrees-plus room. Why practice hot yoga? Many students find that through regular practice, all their favorite outdoor activities are stronger. Skiers and snowboarders have better balance, bikers and runners have more stamina, and climbers can reach higher. Hot yoga allows the body to stretch, detoxify, relieve stress, tone, and heal chronic pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries, and back problems. But it’s not all about hot yoga, here. The studio also offers fusion, vinyasa, restorative, yin, inferno hot pilates, kundalini, nia, and gong bath meditation classes.
Looking for unique yoga opportunities in Bend? Keep an eye on our event calendar for special occasions like the Bend Yoga Festival and a wide range of outdoor classes popping up throughout Bend’s warmer months. Even Mt. Bachelor gets in on the action, with snowy yoga sessions hosted in springtime. Namaste, fellow traveler!
Book a forest bathing session with r’oming Yoga and rest assured the process involves no soap. On a guided hike, you’ll get in touch with all the sights, sounds, textures, and smells of a living, breathing forest. You’ll leave clear-headed and blissed, which is a fine way to spend any part of your vacation. They also offer outdoor yoga and yoga hikes for a unique exploration of the outdoor areas near Bend.
Tula Movement Arts believes in the balance between diving deep and staying playful. After all, Tula means balance in Sanskrit. Tula has two adjacent studios. One studio offers vinyasa, slow flow, restorative, yin, prenatal, and mom and baby yoga classes. The other studio offers aerial yoga and circus arts classes for kids and adults. Again, it’s all about that balance. Yoga connects you with the earth. Aerial enables you to “fly”. Tula also has two bodywork rooms with several different healing modalities and a holistic wellness and juice shop in their lobby.
There’s nothing more important to the Hanai Center than personal well-being. The space hosts a full calendar of classes, workshops, and events from healing sound baths to restorative yoga to soulful women’s circles to full moon meditations, and much more.
Calling all yoga lovers! Get your yoga on during a single, long weekend in Bend. Held in early summer, the annual Bend Yoga Festival features dozens of workshops, classes, and activities with Bend’s top yoga instructors over a period of four heart-opening days.
Gyms are a great way to build strength and endurance to increase performance and enjoyment during your outside activities. And even in Central Oregon, the weather can get a little dicey at times. When it does, going for a hike on icy trails, a run in the rain, or a bike ride in the smoke becomes much less appealing even to the heartiest of athletes. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your workout. Grab your sneakers and head to one of the many gyms in Bend to keep your body moving.
Have fun while you get fit. No, that’s not a joke—it’s a key part of the mission at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Larkspur Community Center. Both are managed by Bend Parks and Recreation and offer year-round lap swimming, weight rooms, aerobic and strength classes, an indoor cycling studio, and more. This is a great, affordable option to get your fitness on.
For another one-stop workout, check out the Athletic Club of Bend which offers a full-service experience, with seven indoor tennis courts, an indoor running track, indoor and outdoor pools, several cardio areas, a weight room, a basketball court, four racquetball/squash courts, and a pro shop. Take your pick from group classes like pilates, yoga, cycling, strength training, and water aerobics. There’s also personal training and massage therapy—perhaps best experienced in that order? While membership is required, a variety of membership options are available.
Don’t just stretch—get stretched at Bend’s StretchLab. StretchLab’s team of highly-trained Flexologists® give you a deeper stretch than is possible to achieve on your own. If you’re looking to improve your sports performance, decrease joint pain, or simply want a really great stretch, StetchLab is for you. Haven’t had an assisted stretch before? StretchLab will discuss your current flexibility level and any injuries that you may have. Stretches are performed on a custom-designed bench with one-on-one or group classes, and there’s communication throughout your stretch to ensure you’re receiving the full benefits of professionally-assisted stretching.
Reach new heights at a Bend climbing gym. The Circuit Bouldering Gym features indoor walls, classes, and routes perfect for everyone from beginners to those already climbing 5.12. At 20,000 square feet, the Bend gym is their largest location in the Pacific Northwest. Home to a full range of terrain with over 200 routes for climbers of all abilities, at least 25 new routes are set every Friday. The gym features a full training area, a dedicated kids area, yoga rooms, and a bar.
With a single membership or punch pass at Bend Rock Gym, you’ll have access to three gyms, autobelays, top rope, lead, bouldering, training, and multiple fitness centers. There are even youth programs that get kids physically and mentally engaged. Climbing is all about problem-solving, after all. Bend Rock Gym’s adult programs offer courses for every climber regardless of experience level or personal goal.
Don’t let the needles scare you! Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is a safe and effective method to help treat a number of ailments like migraines, chronic pain, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, and sports injury.
The ancient practice of acupuncture began in China about 3,000 years ago. Today, it’s practiced in just about every corner of the world. Acupuncture allows energy to flow to areas where it’s deficient, and away from areas where it’s in excess. In short, acupuncture regulates and restores an energetic balance in the body by placing needles along specific points, “meridians,” or pathways, which stimulate the body’s healing. Sound too “woo woo”? Don’t knock it till you try it! People who get regular acupuncture swear by the results, and many health insurance plans include acupuncture. Think of acupuncture as a supporting character in your whole-body health routine.
If you’re feeling anxious about acupuncture, Deschutes Acupuncture creates a relaxing experience as well as a healing one. They offer a tranquil environment with heated beds, soft music, and peaceful fountains to help set your mind at ease. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with some Chinese herbal tea while your doctor takes the time to understand your specific needs. Acupuncture treatments may include points on your hands, arms, legs, feet, head, and neck. Since acupuncture channels flow across the entire body, it’s possible to treat neck problems, for example, with points on the hands and feet. Deschutes Acupuncture strives to maintain a high level of prestige and professionalism while working to bring a holistic balance to the body.
Bend Community Healing helps you find a deeper connection with your health on every level. Combining yoga, qigong, and meditation classes with community acupuncture and community bodywork clinics, Bend Community Healing provides tools and services that can make a practical difference. Eastern forms of medicine are based on the idea that health springs from the abundant and harmonious flow of energy throughout the body. Offerings are designed to help you remove any blocks to that flow, but also to learn to sense and connect with it so you can learn to have greater control and independence over your own health. Bend Community Healing believes that healing happens most powerfully in community, and that community itself is a potent healing force. Classes, clinics, and workshops are designed to bring people together to break the isolation we often experience in illness and injury, and to offer support for healing.
Ready for Reiki? Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, and reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. It’s based on the idea that we all have an unseen “life force energy” that flows through our bodies. A reiki practitioner gently moves their hands just above or along the client’s clothed body, with the intention of promoting healing by encouraging a healthy flow of energy. Pine & Prism Wellness Center offers individual reiki healing sessions to reduce stress, ease grief, and promote healing. Each session includes a 15-minute absorption period where clients are left to journal, rest, reflect, and integrate their experience. Relax in Pine & Prism’s soothing space which provides a fully private room, complimentary tea and water, and individualized care tailored to your needs. Services also include one-on-one therapeutic yoga and special events that promote holistic wellness.
Even if you’re visiting Bend on vacation, look into a punch pass or multi-day pass at your spa, wellness, or fitness destination of choice. It’ll encourage you to keep up on your workouts throughout your stay while saving you money.