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Improvements in technology have also
increased the safety of the equipment,
considers O’Driscoll. “Developments such
as the concealed heater, which removes the
Why infrared saunas
heat source from the main part of the cabin
make saunas very safe, as it cannot be seen
or touched and therefore cannot represent
a danger,” he says. “Installations also have
have ‘raised the bar’
to comply with electrical regulations and
other guidelines laid out by SPATA.” The infrared heater has raised the bar cooler saunas, they have the feature of
It seems that recent developments in when it comes to sauna efficiency. heating up to low temperature. This
technology and a growing interest in good Infrared heaters heat the people and the feature also makes them cost effective
health have led the UK sauna market to material in the sauna unlike the traditional because they consume less electricity.
become one of this year’s hot stories, and sauna which heats the air. Infrared heaters They heat quickly compared to the
for pool operators, this offers a significant have the advantage of being able to be conventional saunas. As traditional saunas
opportunity to build business. used outdoors as they don't need generate hot dry air, some people find it
FX Leisure Club in Greater Manchester is ventilation. The infrared is a frequency difficult to breathe in them as it makes
typical of a facility investing in saunas. band of lightwave which people can’t see them uncomfortable. As infrared saunas
Their wellbeing studio was refurbished by and the heat produced is called Infrared do not heat the air, the quality of the air is
Viking Saunas and Steam Rooms. Radiation. They do not produce atomic the same inside and outside. Infrared
Leisure Club manager Leonie Brown radiation or sunburn which is common saunas offer easy installation and
had paid particular attention to the sauna with Ultraviolent Radiation. Compared to portability because water is not used and
which was showing signs of wear and tear. steam saunas, infrared saunas have some also one need not worry about the issue
“The wood was getting quite dark and the key advantages. For customers who like of bacterial growth in damper regions.
bench surfaces had been disfigured over
the years by engravings made by
members,” Leonie said.
“We decided to replace the entire
interior and the difference was incredible.
I didn’t actually realise how dark the wood
had actually become. The whole sauna
was suddenly so much brighter and so
much nicer to sit in.
“In fact, after the first day we were able
to open the adjacent wet area,” Leonie
explained. “By lunch time the following day
the sauna was finished and fully functional.”
Italian specialist Teuco sees the market
as a luxury led one with the focus on the
‘Home-Spa’ experience. Its Evolution series
of steam showers which come in three
shapes and sizes is a development on the
hot tub technology. Multiple body jets are
linked in with a dual generator steam
sauna with precision temperature control
and fan to regulate heat distribution.
The new FX Leisure Club’s eight person sauna in Greater Manchester – supplied by Viking
The experience the company stress is
built on a complete wellness theme.
“I don’t think we’ve seen this market flat
out yet,” says Paul McGann. ”The products
The luxurious all in one Impression range from Tylö through Golden Coast
are sensational and they are gaining
consumer interest. For those with the
money to invest it adds a much needed
dimension to the bathing and wet leisure
experience at home. And if people can’t
afford it themselves they are increasing
going to seek it out at a leisure club.” spn
FURTHER INFORMATION
CERTIKIN INTERNATIONAL
( 01993 778855
: www.certikin.co.uk
GOLDEN COAST
( 01271 378100
: www.goldenc.com
NORDIC SAUNA & LEISURE
( 01342 333999
: www.nordic.co.uk
TEUCO
( 020 7704 2190
: www.teuco.com
VIKING SAUNAS
( 01257 427019
: www.viking-saunas.co.uk
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