Sanarium

{3:00 minutes to read} We all enjoy different means of relaxation, and the same should be true when deciding how to sauna bathe. Choose a climate that suits your needs and your own individual kind of relaxation, and create unique moments of well-being with the Sanarium from KLAFS.

At first glance there appears to be virtually no difference between a Sanarium and a traditional sauna. However, the relaxation experiences it offers is thoroughly out of the ordinary. By increasing the humidity, the Sanarium can maintain constant perceived warmth even as the actual temperature drops, and if you wish, you can fill the cabin with aromatic steam.

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The Importance of Staying Cool!

The Importance of Staying Cool! by Matt Williamson

{4:06 minutes to read} In our last article, we talked about snow rooms, so it seems appropriate to follow up with a conversation about the importance of staying cool.

The cooling-off stage of any thermal bathing experience, particularly the parts involving cold water, produces a powerful temperature stimulus—even stronger than the heat stimulus, which has a more gradual onset. Air conducts heat more poorly than water, so although the heat stimulus is an intensive one, the effect on the body builds up over a period of time. In contrast, taking a cold shower has an instant impact on the skin’s nerve endings, and thus triggers stronger bodily responses.

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Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Matt Williamson{4:18 minutes to read} Thermal bathing is the practice of getting very, very hot, and then very, very cold. The greater the extremes, the greater the benefits, and there is no greater extreme for getting cold than getting into a snow room. I take that back. There is a greater extreme — you can make a hole in a frozen lake, if you have one!

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Take Responsibility for Your Health and Wellbeing

Take Responsibility for Your Health and Wellbeing

Photography credit Nik Koenig

{3:42 minutes to read} Our project at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach has recently opened, and it is an absolutely stunning property. It’s not just what we have done there, but it is one of the most eclectic, creative, and thought provoking hotel properties that I’ve ever walked into, let alone had the privilege of being part of the design team for the last 4 years. Our responsibility was the wet spa areas, which we designed and built.

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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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