Infrared Sauna

There’s nothing quite like a 20-minute sweat session in a sauna. You feel more relaxed and rested after you’re done, and the heat helps relieve sore muscles and improves your overall health and well-being. But if the high temperatures of a traditional sauna are just too much for you to handle, our range of infrared saunas may offer the benefits of a sauna you’re after without the extreme heat.
 

Relax and detoxify your body and enjoy the many health benefits an infrared sauna provides such as glowing skin, increased cardiovascular health and a better night sleep. 

Why Infrared?

A traditional steam sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you. Our range of Infrared Saunas operate at lower temperatures, making it a gentler method for people who can't tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna, while still getting the array of health benefits included.

Relaxation (Reduces Stress and Fatigue)

Perhaps the most immediate relief the Infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation, as it melts away the stresses and tensions of everyday life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of the Infrared sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. You'll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.

Relieves Pain

The deep heat of the Infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm allowing for greater flexibility and range of motion.

Glowing Complexion

The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in the Infrared sauna carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. You'll see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh colour.

Eases joint Pain and Stiffness

Radiant heat therapy is used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. In addition, it has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.

Increases Blood Circulation

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

Removes Toxins and Mineral Waste

Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulphuric acid and cholesterol.

Salt Water Pool & Spa Pool

A salt water pool is more than just a relaxing place to take a dip. Salt water pools also offer numerous health benefits that range from soothing your skin to decreasing your stress levels. Although salt water pools do need some chlorine to sanitize and disinfect the water, they are perfect for those who are looking for something different than the average swimming pool. Salt water pools offer five health benefits:

Great for the Skin
Chlorine can leave our skin dry and itchy after a swim. Alternatively, salt water is actually good for the skin. It can leave your skin feeling smoother and softer, and studies have been done that prove how salt water can help with skin disorders like eczema, acne and psoriasis. Salt water also acts as a natural moisturizer and exfoliator, increasing our skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Anti-Stress Properties
The more stressed we are, the less our bodies are able to function properly. Salt water helps promote our body’s natural relaxation process leaving us feeling refreshed after each swim.

Alternative to the gym
Exercise is important to our overall health. A salt water pool allows us to workout in a more relaxed setting than that offered by a traditional gym. Swimming is a great workout because you’re resisting the flow of the water with every stroke, making your body work harder than it would if you were simply exercising using a piece of gym equipment, like a treadmill or elliptical machine. Swimming in a salt water pool also helps you concentrate on your breathing (you don’t have a choice, you can’t breathe under water), which is something we tend to forget to do when we’re trying to burn calories at the gym.

Better on the Joints
Swimming in a salt water pool is better on the joints and muscles than a traditional chlorinated pool. Salt water contains bromide, a mineral that helps relieve those everyday aches, pains and soreness we all feel deep within our joints and muscles. Furthermore, people who are recovering from an injury will find it easier to move within a salt water pool as the bromide helps their muscles and joints recover.

No Side-Effects
Some people are sensitive to chlorine and have trouble breathing when they’re swimming in an over-chlorinated pool. Also, chlorine can make your eyes red and irritated from the chemicals within. However, salt water pools won’t leave your eyes red and your lungs irritated.

A salt water pool system is perfect for any backyard, and they are also available for indoor spaces. No matter where you’re looking to place your salt water pool, you’re guaranteed to create a relaxing environment with major health benefits.

Massage Room

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient peoples – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.

Massage therapy (including myotherapy) is the practice of kneading or manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to improve their wellbeing or health. It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

The term ‘massage therapy’ is used to describe a wide variety of techniques that vary in the manner in which touch, pressure and the intensity of the treatment is applied. 

Massage for treatment of some disorders

Research indicates that massage and myotherapy are effective in managing: 

  • subacute/chronic low back pain

  • delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

  • anxiety

  • stress

  • soft tissue injuries

  • high blood pressure

  • insomnia.

They can also be effectively used to support people with:

  • a chronic disease

  • a life threatening illness such as cancer.

Benefits of massage

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. 

Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system. 

Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:

  • reduced muscle tension

  • improved circulation

  • stimulation of the lymphatic system

  • reduction of stress hormones

  • relaxation

  • increased joint mobility and flexibility

  • improved skin tone

  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

  • heightened mental alertness

  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Different types of massage

Typically, massage practitioners use either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over a person's skin. Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect. 

Different types of massage may include:

  • myotherapy – involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied to restore and maintain the health and function of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body

  • remedial – is the objective assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the signs, symptoms and causes of biomechanical dysfunction or injury, using specific mobilisation techniques, in order to restore normal health and function

  • therapeutic – also known as 'Western' or 'Swedish' massage. One of the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation

  • lymphatic drainage – a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body's immune system

  • aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension

  • baby massage – can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate

  • reflexology – based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole. Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body's own natural healing process

  • shiatsu – an oriental massage technique that aims to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body. The underlying principles of shiatsu massage are similar to those of acupuncture

  • sports – this is an application of massage, not a particular massage technique. The type of technique or treatment applied is dependent on the nature of the stage of training or competition, sports injury or condition and the assessment of the remedial massage therapist. Sport massage is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.

Private Training Studio

All treatments which are extra to your Retreat Package will be booked to your account for payment on the last day of your Retreat.

Bay of Islands Health Retreat

457A Wiroa Road

Kerikeri

0293

New Zealand

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