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the market is more sophisticated, both in black exterior finishes, whilst the sauna unit sauna technology has been the
terms of technology and aesthetic appeal, also has the option of a wood finish. introduction of infrared models, which use
and those in the know have realised the The potential isn’t limited to commercial infrared heaters to radiate energy. While
potential of these developments. or private swimming pools. The expansion some still prefer the traditional approach,
Swedish sauna manufacturer Tylö has of independent fitness and leisure centres there is no doubt that this innovation has
seen first hand that quality and the total is at the centre of interest seeing a sauna had a marked effect on the industry, with
sauna and steam experience builds as a part of the package to members. businesses reporting significant growth in
customer loyalty. The trend to make wellness a key word the sales of these products.
The Swedish company has had a 25 year in the recovery of the specialist trade has Do the mathematics of these luxury
relationship with Golden Coast in the UK. caught the imagination of Certikin. items work out for swimming pool
“We know the product and the The company’s commercial division has complexes and leisure clubs?
opportunity,” says Shaun Adams of rolled out a unique wellness experience Definitely admits Roger Warwick from
Golden Coast. based on a diverse range of thermal Winchester Leisure complex in Hampshire.
The ultimate ‘all-in-one’ shower unit to bathing experiences, from hot and steamy “I think luxury is the key word. We’ve
enhance any domestic swimming pool or to cold and invigorating. invested heavily in supplying a steam room,
small commercial pool hall has been a Starting with architect’s drawings or sauna and new generation showers for
special focus of Tylö. simply your own ideas, Certikin says it will members. The impact has been dramatic
Overcoming the inherent problem of budget to design a bespoke health spa because we have added a touch of luxury
mixing dry sauna and steam bathing in one experience to fit any individuals’ needs – way beyond what members normally
unit the company has introduced the whether refurbishment or new build. expect. The key development has been the
‘Impression’ combination shower series, Certikin’s Wellness saunas, steam rooms style and quality of the equipment. It
offering three optional variations: and other thermal experience areas are seems to have moved up a gear from what
The Sauna – Shower manufactured in the UK in modern was available even three years ago. It’s very
The Steam – Shower production facilities that enables them to impressive and appreciated by members.
The Sauna – Steam – Shower offer an easily accessible and truly flexible He believes the addition of facilities at
service. All the Wellness equipment can be the club have added “a dimension I
Tylö has taken the standard shower, essential installed by one of their teams of skilled couldn’t have imagined.
for pre-and post swimming cleansing, and experienced engineers if required. “We decided to invest to complete the
incorporated an integral steam generator It all means that saunas are set pieces in wellness package we offer to our
and discreet steam outlet into an all-in-one their own right and capable of fitting any members. The whole budget cost us
‘dual-purpose’ shower column. In addition, domestic or commercial interior setting. £45,000 and the reaction of members has
by separating the wet shower-steam area Designers have taken the conventional been great. I looked hard at the reliability
with a sealed separating sliding door, it has thinking about saunas and turned it on its of the products on the market and most
been possible to integrate a dry sauna head, producing models that may change important the back up service.
within a single cubicle, enabling bathers to forever the concepts of the product. “All I can say is that the addition of
select their preferred bathing experience. “There has been a growth in the demand these luxury items has completed our
All have single or twin benches, with the for more luxurious finishes, alternative heat package in a quite dramatic way.”
sauna capable of being configured with a sources and variations on traditional dry The issue of sauna safety is also important,
stepped bench if required. The modular heat,” considers Gerard O’Driscoll, Sales but according to the experts, it is simply a
construction of the ‘Impression’ range and Marketing Manager at Nordic Sauna case of common sense. “Saunas have always
allows a variety of configurations to be and Leisure. “Saunariums and aromarooms, been safe if used correctly,” comments Bob
achieved, including either a left or right for example, create a different kind of Huntington, Managing Director at Norpe
hanging door, to fit the chosen location. sauna environment and have become more Saunas. “There is certainly greater awareness
Supplied ready plumbed and wired, the popular over the past few years.” amongst the users of public facilities where
units are initially offered with white or One of the biggest developments in the safety notices offer guidance.”
THIS: Steam rooms are now a much sought
after facility for hotels and leisure centres
RIGHT: The Mosaico styled shower unit
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