Month: May 2016

Competitive Wellbeing

Dröm UK are proud to sponsor two amazing decathaletes:  Commonwealth Silver medallist Ashley Bryant and young Surrey athlete Dylan Carlsson-Smith who is currently flying high in the England rankings after winning at the England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championship at the weekend with a personal best score of 6849 points.

Dylan, who is coached by Ian Grant, was representing Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers at the competition in Bedford.   The competition was really close on Day 1, with three competitors vying for the lead and he finished in second place with a score of 3417.   However a strong performance in the discus on Day 2 saw him move into top position with 3 events left.   He then recorded a height of 4.40m in the pole vault which was 40cm higher than any other competitor, and even though he finished third in the 1500m, it was still enough to secure the title with a margin of 240 points.  He is now ranked No 1 in the UK U20’s for 2016.

As well as beating his personal best scores in 8 out of the 10 events Dylan also beat the club’s point record which has been in place since 1982!  Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers said “Dylan’s work ethic and performances this year have been outstanding”.

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Dylan Carlsson-Smith

Dylan is thrilled with the result having battled and overcome back injuries during the recent indoor season.   He says:  “I’m very pleased with this result as I have purposely increased my training to over 30 hours a week (fitting it in around my college work) and it’s great to see it paying off.  I’m really looking forward to improving on this performance during the Summer Athletic Season.”

But you can’t reach this level of achievement without working hard and incorporating health and wellbeing into your everyday routine.   Recovery after exercise is also important to be able to maintain your athletic performance.   Diet and nutrition is a major part in any athlete’s life and Sports Nutritionist’s are agreed that more wholefoods and natural nutrition over processed and manufactured offerings is very important.   Fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, oily fish, eggs and nuts are a good source of protein, antioxidants and wholegrains.    Carbs are also a main component of an athletes diet and can be found in pasta, wild rice, oats and sweet potatoes for example.   (Sweet potatoes are great source of potassium to help soothe sore muscles after sport).

After a training session or competition, it is very important to help your muscles recover.

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Ice is the most common way of helping muscle tissue heal itself quickly.   The cold constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling and tissue breakdown.   Then as the body slowly warms up afterwards, the increased blood flow helps improve circulation which in turn kick-starts the healing process.   Remember though that everyone has a different personal cold threshold – work out your comfort zone and stick to it.


Massage (either before and/or after exercise) is beneficial during a warm up before exercise and also helps with muscle soreness after a workout.   Just relaxing on a heated lounger can also let gentle warmth permeate into the body.  Heat storage ceramic loungers are ideal as they store the heat and emit it back to the body via infrared long wave gentle heat.   This penetrates deep into the body soothing muscles and easing any joint pain from repetitive exercise.

British Commonwealth silver medal winning athlete Ashley Bryant relaxing on one of the Sommerhuber heated loungers on display in the Dröm UK showroom.

British Commonwealth silver medal winning athlete Ashley Bryant relaxing on one of the Sommerhuber heated loungers on display in the Dröm UK showroom.


Muscle soreness can also be relieved by spending time in a sauna.  Relaxing in the high temperatures of a sauna releases endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers.   The endorphins can ease the muscle soreness after intense exercise.

For more information on the recovery methods mentioned above, and for all thermal wellbeing bathing practices, please visit

Ashley Bryant is competing in this weekend’s Multi Event Championship in Gotzis, Austria, aiming for a place in the GB team for the Rio Olympics in August.    Good Luck Ash!

Relax in style at Galgorm Resort & Spa

When Galgorm Resort & Spa went ahead with their £11million spa redevelopment, they approached Dröm UK to assist with the installation process of their thermal  suite .  Galgorm is an 18th Century manor house located near Ballymena, Northern Ireland on the banks of the River Maine and is now a leading destination spa.

Galgorm Resort & Spa. Hotel of the Year

The unique thermal village is the first of its kind in Ireland and boasts several saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, a snow room and swimming pools.   Spa treatments are also available, with many involving various thermal practices.

We acted as a Consultant to the Spa, advising on various aspects of the programme including the specialist equipment needed in the sub-structure of the rooms, ventilation processes and all other mechanical and engineering specifications.

We were then appointed to supply the specialist equipment such as the bespoke steam room benching, heated loungers in the relaxation areas, and WDT experience showers.  We also supplied the sauna and steam room equipment such as heaters, generators and relay boxes.

Two of the heaters were installed into the Celtic Sauna which is where guests can experience sauna bathing at the hands of a Sauna Master with the Aufguss sauna ritual.   Every Sauna Master has his own way of performing this ritual but generally they will pour water enriched with essential oils onto the hot stones, creating a burst of scented steam, releasing the health properties of each essence.  Then they use towels to agitate the air intensifying the sensation of heat before fanning the bathers by wafting the towel in front of them, creating a wave of heat that rushes over the body. The bathers breathe deeply inhaling the healing vapours of the essences.

The Spa also has a Snow Room where guests can cool off after bathing in one of the heated rooms.   The cold enhances blood circulation and has a positive effect on the lungs and respiratory system.  It also boosts the immune and lymphatic systems.

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The Snow Cabin at Galgorm Resort & Spa


Some of the treatments that are available are also based on thermal wellbeing.  The Mineral Mud Serail treatment is a traditional body treatment of ancient middle eastern origin.  Natural mineral rich muds are applied to the face and body before heat and steam are radiated into the room to help the ingredients infuse into your skin.   After about 15-20 minutes wash the mud off under a stimulating rain shower before applying hydrating oil to leave your body and mind relaxed and your skin glowing.

The warmth of the steam opens the pores and allows the mineral enriched mud to enter the body where it stimulates the blood flow, helping to revive tissue and stimulating the lymphatic system to encourage waste products to be washed away.

For further information on how best to use the Laconium, Herbal Caldarium, Celtic Sauna, Snow Cabin, Experience Showers and Hydrotherapy Pools please see our Drömology brochure on how to get the optimum benefits from thermal bathing or visit

For further information on our consultancy services and how they can assist you when planning your spa area please contact us on 01932 355655 or email

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Download our Drömology brochure here or call 01932 355655 for a hard copy.

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