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Ice ice baby Ice treatments will already be familiar to fi tness fanatics, but there are a range of cooling features available to complement sauna use


effective option is to have a small ice room – around 1.5sq m – with an ice dispenser in it for people to rub on their limbs after training. Stays in ice rooms are short, and people don’t tend to sit down, so they don’t need to be huge. Design for Leisure has also come


up with a concept that meets this criterion. New to the market, The Chill is about the size of a shower and uses cool misting sprays, working with the air con to create a cooling experience.


“The Chill is the temperature of the air conditioned air, so around 16 degrees,” says Design for Leisure managing director Don Genders. “The wind chill factor we create by using fans to blow the air and cool the mist onto the bather’s body is what gives the truly cooling experience.” The advantage of this over an ice room or an ice fountain is that it can be operated by the customer, so doesn’t have to be switched on all the time.


gentler experiences Saunas and steamrooms are perennial favourites, but there are a few twists available to freshen up the experience and introduce more health benefits.


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Schletterer International Group, says inhaling fragrances in saunas, such as salt solutions and magnesium, is effective for cleaning out the lungs, which is especially benefi cial for those who have just quit smoking. These systems can be retrofi tted to existing saunas. Meanwhile, while many of these


experiences – especially those that use extreme temperatures – offer health benefi ts, they often require a fairly robust constitution. In contrast, the KLAFS Sanarium is a gentle sauna, with mild temperatures, so is suitable for children, elderly people and pregnant women, and has proven benefi ts for high blood pressure patients. The Sanarium with SaunaPur offers a range of experiences – tropical bath, warm air


bath, soft steam bath or aroma bath – which are selected by pushing a button. And sanariums do have proven health


benefi ts. A two-year study by the Charite university clinic in Berlin observed cardiovascular behaviour in more than 40 high blood pressure patients who made regular use of the sanarium and were not using medication. In 38 per cent of the patients, blood pressure levels returned to normal quicker and pulse/blood pressure at rest was often signifi cantly reduced by the treatment. Another product that gives off


a gentle heat is the infra-red sauna. Whereas conventional saunas work by warming the air to heat the body from the outside in, these work by warming the body from the inside out. The user sits in front of an infra-red light which


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