Saunas and Steam Rooms - FAQ's
In Scandinavian countries, saunas are an everyday part of a healthy lifestyle, this is not without reason - perspiration coupled with elevated cardiovascular blood flow is the natural method of cleansing your system. Bring Scandinavia to your own home, Cairngorm Spas offer the very latest traditional saunas, barrel saunas and infrared saunas as well as a wide range of sauna accessories.
Traditional saunas heat the interior to approx. 82 degrees centigrade which increases your overall circulation and opens your skins pores for body cleansing perspiration. You increase the humidity in the sauna by pouring water over the hot volcanic rocks in the heater unit.
Infrared saunas use a different technology entirely, infrared saunas radiate a direct heat at a lower temperature (48-60 degrees centigrade) and are specifically designed to penetrate certain areas such as muscle groups or joints.
Infrared heat is a natural warmth, similar to stepping out into the sun on a cool day but without any harmful UV radiation. Infrared saunas are an ideal method of soothing aching muscles from sports activities, arthritic ailments or increasing range of motion in stiff joints.
Most people relax in their sauna with a towel wrap for approx. 5-10 minutes, then take a cool shower, returning to the sauna and repeating the cycle 2-3 times. Allow yourself time to cooldown and dry properly before dressing, then enjoy a peaceful spa feeling, perhaps with a refreshing drink.
A wooden bucket filled with fresh water and ladle allows you to control the amount of humidity in your sauna by occasionally sprinkling water over the stones in the heater, this realses a burst of steam into the sauna which increases the perspiration and cleanses the skins pores.
Our saunas require nothing more than a standard power socket which is connected to a 30amp breaker circuit - exactly the same as your clothes dryer.
No, they are surprisingly economical to run. The average cost of electricity is between 10-15p per kilowatt hour - at this rate, a 2KW infrared sauna will cost you between 20p-30p per hour to operate which is actually cheaper than the average kettle!