Month: October 2015

A Bather’s Guide to Thermal Rooms – Part 2

Thermal bathing is becoming more popular than ever. However, with so many different rooms to use, how do you know which ones will offer you the benefits you are looking for?

Follow our series of blogs designed to explain the look, temperature, useage and benefits of each room and discover the range of experiences and rituals available.

 

Overview:  Tepidarium/Caldarium/Laconium

As far back as Roman times, when bathing was a more social pastime, bathers journeyed through a series of cold to hot rooms to help purge toxins and dirt from their skin, finishing in a comfortably warm room to rest, relax and socialise.   These rooms, with their original room names, are still in use today.   Here is our interpretation of their uses and benefits.

 

TEPIDARIUM:

Temperature:    35-40⁰C

Percentage Humidity:    10-20%

A tepidarium usually has heated floors, walls and loungers giving a pleasant feeling of constant radiant warmth. The loungers can be set to different temperatures according to preference and the air temperature can be up to 15⁰C below the temperature of the walls and the seating.   Relax on the lounger and let the radiant heat encourage increased blood flow and circulation. This room is often used before, during and after other spa treatments and is designed to restore the body to its normal temperature of 37⁰C.

Tepidarium at the Roco Nivaria Gran Hotel    www.adrianhoteles.com

Tepidarium at the Roco Nivaria Gran Hotel http://www.adrianhoteles.com

Benefits:

The warmth of the benches permeates into your skin, relaxing the muscles and encouraging a feeling of wellbeing. The shape of the benches encourages optimal blood flow throughout the body, opening the veins and capillaries allowing blood to the surface of the skin. This helps achieve the healthy glow we always strive for.   The dry air can also help to enhance the body’s immune defences as well as relieving stress.

 

CALDARIUM:

Temp Range:                    To relax:  30 – 40⁰C

                                                To sweat/purge:  50-55⁰C                            

Percentage Humidity:   95-100%

This is a warm or hot room with gentle steam. The floor and walls are usually heated, but the air temperature is usually lower than the heat in the walls which makes it easier to bathe for longer.   Some Caldariums incorporate heated plunge baths.

Relax on the loungers to let the steam open your pores and clean your skin. If preferred, rub on scented oil or exfoliants to help the skin cleaning process.   If a plunge pool is not available, hoses may be provided for cooling off and refreshing.

Image courtesy of Hotel Campiglio Bellavista www.hotelcampigliobellavista.it

Image courtesy of Hotel Campiglio Bellavista http://www.hotelcampigliobellavista.it

Benefits:

The heat of the caldarium promotes blood circulation, stimulates metabolism and has a positive effect on the respiratory, circulatory and immune systems. Some Caldariums have chromotherapy lighting and essential oils can also be used to stimulate the senses.   (Please see previous blog posts on Complementary Wellbeing for further details on chromotherapy and aromatherapy.)

 

LACONIUM:

Temperature:                                    55-60⁰C

Percentage Humidity:                   15-20%

 A Laconium is a warm, dry heat treatment room where the body is allowed to warm up gently.   It is usually a tiled room where the warmth is generated by heated walls, loungers, benches and floors. Relax on the loungers or benches for as long as you feel comfortable and the body will slowly start to sweat as it warms up, with the heat penetrating deep into the muscles. Most Laconiums have a Kneipp hose where you can cool off and stimulate circulation, before relaxing back onto the loungers to enjoy the thermal experience again.   For a more personal bathing experience play soothing or uplifting music and introduce fragrances to help you undwind via a humidifier.

Image courtesy of Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa  www.thespa.uk.com

Image courtesy of Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa http://www.thespa.uk.com

Benefits:                                            

As the room is warm, rather than hot, you can spend a longer time relaxing, as the dry, warm air heats the body gently.   The aim of a Laconium experience is to purify and detoxify the body through improved blood circulation brought on by sweating.

                                                               

 

 

For more information on bathing rituals click here:  http://www.dromuk.com/online/dromology

 

 

A Bather’s Guide to Thermal Rooms – Part 1

Thermal bathing is becoming more popular than ever. However, with so many different rooms to use, how do you know which ones will offer you the benefits you are looking for?

Follow our series of blogs designed to explain the look, temperature, useage and benefits of each room and discover the range of experiences and rituals available.

Overview:

In general, thermal rooms are traditionally clad in stone, mosaic, ceramic or porcelain tiles or polished plaster. Benches, loungers and massage tables are usually tiled or marble topped and often ergonomically shaped.

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Lately the use of Corian for benches has become more popular. This is due to its clean lines and hygienic properties, as there is no grouting to clean.  Glass can be used for doors and walls to enhance the feeling of space and light.  The addition of LED lighting and fibre optics are used for ambience, relaxation and mood enhancement through chromatherapy.  Aromatherapy fragrances can be released into the room via the reservoir on the steam outlet, or through an automatic fragrance dispenser to enhance the mood further.

Steam Room:

Temp Range:   35 – 50C                             

Percentage Humidity:   95-100%

Luxos Steam Room - Dröm UK

Luxos Steam Room – Dröm UK

 A traditional steam room is a warm room with very high humidity levels. It should ideally have steam as its only source of heat to ensure maximum humidity within the room.   Sometimes, however, the floor and benches are also heated for added comfort.

It is important that you shower before bathing to cleanse your skin and remove any impurities.

A steam room should have comfortable, ergonomically shaped seating enabling you to fully relax. Remain seated for as long as you feel comfortable, which can be anything between 5 and 20 minutes.  Cool off either with a kneipp hose within the room or with a refreshing shower on exiting.

Add a few drops of essential oil to further enhance your bathing experience.   (Please see previous blog post: Complementary Wellbeing:  Part 1 Aromatherapy for further details).

Benefits:

The heat produced by the steam helps the blood vessels to dilate increasing circulation throughout the body. This can help provide relief from headaches and also boost your immune system.   Toxins in the body are eliminated through sweating leaving the skin clearer and softer (especially if you exfoliate when bathing).    Inhaling steam is a great treatment for respiratory complications and is recommended for dealing with the common cold, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, and allergies. Dry air passages are moistened, and mucus is loosened by coughing or blowing the nose. The moist air also alleviates difficulty when breathing, throat irritation and inflammation of the airways.

Essential oils work particularly well in steam rooms as the oil is gently infused into the steam, filling the room with your chosen fragrance.

Steam Shower:

Temperature Range:      35-45⁰C

Percentage Humidity:   85-100%Dromblog HH

 

A steam shower is usually found within your own home combining an everyday shower with the benefits of steam.

A home steam room doesn’t take up much more space than many conventional showers. However, you will need to ensure you have enough room to incorporate seating for at least one person.

Place some essential oils if required into the reservoir on the steam outlet.   Whilst waiting for the steam to build, shower as usual and wash hair if desired. By the time you have finished the steam should be ready. Sit and relax for 15 minutes or however long feels comfortable and then turn on the shower for a refreshing cool down.

Benefits:             The same as for a Traditional Steam Room.

 

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For more information on bathing rituals click here:  http://www.dromuk.com/online/dromology

 

 

Dröm Dryathletes raise money for Cancer Research

It’s been a long September for three members of the Dröm UK team who have been taking part in the Dryathlon on behalf of Cancer Research!

 

breast cancer ribbonOur CEO, Kicki Carlsson, was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas last year, a week after hearing that her mother had been diagnosed with the same disease.  2015 saw both ladies endure gruelling chemotherapy, before undergoing operations and finally starting radiotherapy.   Thankfully, they have both been told that the treatment has been successful.

However, Kicki’s mum (who already had a rare form of Parkinson’s disease), recently underwent a brain scan which tragically showed metastatic cancer in the brain, which the family have been told is terminal.  This is a huge blow to them after how she so bravely fought the breast cancer.

 

We HAVE to find a way of beating cancer and ending the pain for both sufferers and their families.

So Kicki, her husband Barry and their office manager Sarah all decided to stop drinking for the month of September and raise money for Cancer Research.   This was a very difficult challenge, especially for Barry and Sarah as they are known for their love of a glass or two of wine and champagne!  It wasn’t made any easier by the fact that it was Barry’s birthday during September and Sarah had tickets to an England Rugby World Cup game!

 

Barry's belated birthday celebrations!

Barry’s belated birthday celebrations!

 

Sarah’s first Prosecco! Followed quite quickly by water …

 

But they stuck with it and between the three of them raised well over £7,000 donated by friends, family, clients and suppliers 🙂

It was a great opportunity for them to take the time to really concentrate on wellbeing and to see if they noticed a difference with not drinking for a month….

The first main difference they noticed was that they started to lose a little bit of weight! Alcohol is full of empty calories, by cutting it out you automatically cut your calorie intake. And because you have more energy once the alcohol is out of your system, you find that you can exercise more which helps reduce the beer and wine bellies!

Once you start feeling better, it is a great opportunity to start eating healthier.   Gone are the days of the junk food ‘munchies’ as you try to cure a hangover. Incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet to maximise your health and vitality.

Reducing your alcohol intake can also result in sleeping better at night.   There is no ‘dull head’ in the mornings, leaving you fresh and alert to face the day.   Concentration and focus is improved, making the working day easier.

And as well as maximising your overall wellbeing, not drinking is good for your financial health too!

Although they are now ‘allowed’ to drink again, it was a huge learning curve for all three dryathletes.   They found they didn’t ‘need’ to have that drink when they got in from a tough day at work.   They found other activities to fill the gap that alcohol used to fill.   And they all feel much better, both physically and mentally.

Knowing that they have raised so much for Cancer Research though was the biggest boost to them all 🙂

There is still time to donate.   Visit http://www.JustGiving.com and search for Kicki Carlsson, Barry Smith or Sarah Gibson.   Can we take a moment to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and kind donations for such a brilliant cause.

 

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