Home wellness: bringing the spa into your home

The wellness boom is showing no signs of slowing down, with the industry forecast to be worth more than £20 billion by January 2021. Most recently, the wellness industry has been turning its focus to creating healthier living spaces. From detoxifying house plants and air purifying tech to home gyms and wellness suites, there are now endless opportunities for people to bring wellness into their home.

While wellness was once reserved for the very best luxury hotels, more and more people are becoming aware of the important benefits of self-care and are increasingly looking to bring wellness components into their homes, for both ease of access and regular use. Over the past few years particularly, people have become more aware that it is never too early to invest in a healthier lifestyle. The demand for home saunas and spas in particular has grown at a rapid pace and wellness providers are having to swiftly adapt and broaden their product range accordingly.

Gilles Darmon, Director of KLAFS at Guncast explains; “While many reserve their sauna use to a celebratory spa day for a special occasion, more and more of our customers are looking to integrate personal wellness into their every day life, installing cabins in their homes.”

Popular for their remedial qualities, saunas can be incorporated into daily wellness routines to alleviate a variety of illnesses and conditions, from circulatory problems and skin complaints to muscle soreness and anxiety. When combined with dry salt inhalation, saunas are also excellently suited to reduce the risk of infection.

When a person enters a hot sauna cabin, the temperature of their skin, muscles and core rises, which results in increased blood flow, flushing out the tissues it reaches – liberating harmful substances and detoxifying the body. The heat not only increases blood flow but also relaxes the muscles. Tense muscles receive a poorer supply of blood and nutrients, so relaxing them speeds up muscular recovery – which is why it’s so beneficial for those who partake in sports or regular exercise.

For people looking to fully reap the benefits of home wellness, the thermal journey must be complete and repeated. For instance, a sauna session should be followed by a rapid cooling phase (having a cold shower or rubbing flake ice on the skin from an ice fountain) and a relaxing period (on a heated lounger preferably). Once relaxed, the cycle can be started again.

Placing a focus on mental wellbeing, as well as just the physical effects, more and more saunas and spa products are being optimised to maximise relaxation for the customer. Many saunas can now be interacted with remotely via an app, where users are able to adjust the sauna experience to align with moods and needs – whether that be via personalised light, music, temperature or humidity settings. Further enhancing the tranquil atmosphere and promoting mindfulness, temperature resistant LCD screens can also be installed inside saunas and ice lounges, displaying personalised pictures or videos to help customers feel truly relaxed while using their sauna. Prioritising simplicity, a number of saunas can be easily self-installed – effortlessly assembled by buyers on the day of delivery, reducing stress and ensuring maximum relaxation for customers.