The Health Benefits of Thermal Bathing Part 2

The Health Benefits of Thermal Bathing Part 2 by Matt Williamson{4:12 minutes to read} In Part 1  of this series, we looked at the process and benefits of thermal bathing. In this article, we will explore the preventative health measures provided by this activity.

It could be argued that hot and cold bathing are actually above all else in the hierarchy of ‘spa treatments,’ as such practices can save lives and increase longevity whilst reducing reliance on prescription drugs. Medical studies have shown the regular use of a Sanarium (soft sauna), coupled with cooling and proper relaxation, was able to eradicate hypertension symptoms in 38% of cases. (Sanarium Helps Patients with High Blood Pressure)

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The Health Benefits of Thermal Bathing Part 1

The Health Benefits of Thermal Bathing Part 1 by Matt Williamson{4:18 minutes to read} The importance of thermal bathing and the pleasure derived from it over the centuries is undisputed and well-recorded. But as the U.S. population ages, the medical community has begun to recognize the physical benefits thermal bathing offers rather than just the ability to cleanse the body.

A thermal bathing experience should be a relaxing, therapeutic and healthy activity, and a spa or wellness facility which encourages and promotes relaxation is providing guests with true health-giving benefits.

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Building a Sauna or Wellness Area

Building a Sauna or Wellness Area by Matt Williamson{2:12 minutes to read} In a recent article, we talked about what a sauna is and the forms of bathing and benefits it can provide. In this blog, we would like to discuss what building a sauna and wellness area should involve.

A perfect sauna facility will involve further spaces than just the sauna cabin itself. First, a pre-bathing room or area with a shower and perhaps a foot warming pool should be considered for proper preparation to sauna bathing. Cleansing your body and warming your core temperature before using a sauna will help to enhance the experience.

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Special Features of a Sauna

Special Features of a Sauna by Matthew Williamson{2:24 minutes to read}No matter the manufacture or different style of sauna, good sauna design should always include these key features:

Benches

Saunas need to have 2 or 3 different levels of benches, both to provide room for multiple guests to sit or lie down comfortably, and also to offer options for taking a sauna at different temperature zones.

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What Is a Sauna?

{2:48 minutes to read} The word sauna is of Finnish origin. It is a mode of sweat bathingWhat is a Sauna?
which requires frequent cooling off. The Finnish, however, did not invent this pleasant form of bathing. Sweat bathing has been popular in cultures around the world for centuries due, among other reasons, to the fact that far less water is required, compared to a traditional bath.

In the 20th century, the sauna gained wider notoriety from the success of Finnish athletes in the 1924 Summer Olympic Games.  Despite the great heat during those games, Finnish athletes incorporated sauna bathing as part of their training regimen and did remarkably well in the distance running events.

Initially a source of fascination for athletes, the sauna has quickly gained a foothold in public and private gyms, fitness studios, wellness centers, and even clinics and spa centers.

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ROI of Wet Spa Facilities

ROI of Wet Spa Facilities{3:48 minutes to read} When built using modern methods and technology as discussed in our recent article, Hydrothermal areas in wet spa facilities can involve a significant investment. This investment can provide equally significant returns; however, there are barriers to overcome with owners and operators who traditionally view these facilities as a free-use amenity type of model.

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2016 Road Show Announcement

2016 Road Show Announcement by Matt Williamson

Courtesy of Faena Hotel, Miami Beach. Photographer Nik Koenig. Design and Implementation by Design for Leisure

Klafs, the global leader in sauna and wellness design, has teamed with their partners at Design for Leisure, specialists in wet spa area design, to co-host a series of invitation-only events in June for the professional design and wellness communities in New York and San Francisco.

Design for Leisure offers specialist spa and wellness design and implementation services to create some of the most unique hydrothermal bathing experiences in the world. Whether clients are seeking to create a beautiful home spa or cutting edge facilities for hotel and residential developments, Design for Leisure has solutions to suit every theme and budget. Continue reading

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Building Methods for Wet Spa Areas

Building Methods for Wet Spa Areas{3:42 minutes to read} There is a long history associated with the construction of hydrothermal facilities, dating as far back as ancient Roman times. More recently, European manufacturers, predominantly German based, have come to the forefront of the industry as major innovators in the field of thermal spa technology and wet spa construction development.

There are principal differences with regards to the standards in European thermal spa construction and the methods of construction used in North America.

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Emergence of Wet Spa Areas in Spas

Emergence of Wet Spa Areas in Spas{2:42 minutes to read} Wet spa areas, commonly referred to as wellness or hydrothermal areas, are gaining more popularity in the American spa model. Wet areas can be much more than just an amenity like a sauna, steam room and/or whirlpool. They should bring added value to a spa and provide health benefits for guests. A wet spa environment of different types of   hydrothermal features, should consist of a combination of hot and cold treatments, with some form of relaxation area for guests to use to cool down and rejuvenate.

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Educating the Designers and Architects

Spa and wellness evoke different meanings in different parts of the world.

  • In the U.S., it is most often associated with body and beauty-based treatments.
  • In Europe, the spa culture is centered around large wellness centers and public bathing facilities.

A trend has begun to develop over the last 5 years where American hotel developers and operators are beginning to embrace the European model, offering varieties of different hydrothermal experiences, where men and women communally bathe together. The social aspect of visiting spas and using heat experiences such as saunas and steam rooms at your own leisure and pace are gaining popularity. U.S. spas are no longer becoming associated with just therapist-applied treatments and services.

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