The people of Finland have been taking saunas for a thousand years. Try one once and you will understand why! You just stretch out in the desert-dry temperature and let the heat do the work.
How it works:
Temperatures in the sauna are usually kept between 70 and 100 degrees Celsius. The air in the sauna is heated using a stove and stones that radiate heat. To increase the heat level in the sauna, you only have to pour a small amount of water on to the stones, which will evaporate and spread heat throughout the room. Since hot air rises, sitting on the higher bench will expose you to greater heat.
The dry, high heat causes you to perspire, which cleanses and detoxes your skin better than any soap or commercial cleanser. In addition to being good for your skin, the benefits associated with saunas include improved physical endurance, better circulation and increased metabolism. Muscles relax when warm blood carries the heat into them, easing tension and pain. And for those of us watching our waistlines, sitting in the sauna burns calories!
Many people find that just being in this environment creates a sense of peace, as well as physical renewal. The sauna is a peaceful mental haven, not just a physical therapy.
Cleopatra Steam Room
Can you think of a better way of easing those stiff, tired and aching muscles? Come and relax in our Cleopatra Steam Room and take away the stress of the day, then go home feeling rejuvenated.
How it works:The temperature in the steam room is lower than that of the sauna, at around 50 - 60 degrees Celsius. The air is humid, as steam is expelled into the room from a pump in the corner. The gentle warmth is less intense, so while the heat offers the same benefits as the sauna, you can just relax as the humidity opens the pores and clears the sinuses. This effect is enhanced by the eucalyptus drops added to the water before evaporation.
Suggested use of the sauna and steam room:
We recommend, in order to experience the full benefits of the sauna and steam room, that you alternate their use with a cool shower. This increases circulation by cooling the skin, forcing the blood to move to the surface to warm the skin. When you return to the sauna or steam room, the process will reverse. As for how long to stay in the sauna, we recommend up to 15 minutes, according to your personal preference.
Please take care in using the sauna and steam room. While the heat can be very beneficial, be aware of your own limits!
And do read the contraindications notice before you use the sauna and steam room.
Hot Tub Spa
A 3 person hot tub spa enhances the relaxation experience of your visit. The rectangular Esprit Plus hot tub spa has one lounge seat and two bucket seats. It is equipped with 18 powerful jets and is maintained between 33.5 - 38 degrees Celsius to complement the heat treatments of the sauna and steam room.
The hot water and pressure from the jets help relieve stress and ease muscle tension. The pressure of the jets can relieve specific aches and pains, or more generally benefit the body’s immune system. With your whole body immersed in the warm water, all your blood vessels dilate. This increases blood flow, alleviating tension headaches, and carrying nutrients to muscles and taking away toxins. This gives you an all-over sense of wellbeing, both in and after being in the tub.
A soak in the hot tub a couple of hours before bed can also alleviate insomnia, as the body associates a slow decline in temperature with the transition into deeper sleep. Therefore as you cool down after getting out of the hot tub, your body will be more prepared for sleep.
The hot tub is a communal experience; people come to chat and be sociable in the hot tub. In fact, our own therapists can often be found relaxing in the hot tub, enjoying the warm water and the company!
Please avoid using the hot tub after massage, as oil residues contaminate the water and will result in the hot tub being taken out of use.
Do read the contraindications before use, which are posted on the wall by the hot tub!