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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

Why is Aqualine considerably cheaper than other companies?

We maintain very low overheads and have absolutely no middlemen, our suppliers are exclusive to us and give us the most competitive prices in the marketplace today.

Aqualine is an independent company, this means that we have precise control over our saunas and are committed to making sure you buy the right products for YOU!

What is special about the quality of Aqualine Saunas?

It is easy to say we have the best quality saunas available like other companies, all of our suppliers are hand picked after we have eliminated the hundreds of suppliers worldwide who did not make the grade. We work very closely with our manufacturers to ensure they adhere to the strictest quality managements in the world today whilst securing exclusive deals only available to Aqualine.

Many of our certifications are issued by SGS Germany, which is regarded as the premier quality management centre in the world today

Certifications include CE (EMC, LVD), ISO 9001:2000, ETL, ETS, C-TICK, ROHS, GS, and SAA to name a few...

Under no circumstances do we compromise on quality for price or cut corners. We do not follow other companies, whose goal is simply to make the profit margin as large as possible.

How many different ways can I place an order?

Simply click on 'BUY' or 'ADD TO BASKET' next to an item of your choice and follow the steps to complete the order. Then you have the option to make payment in a variety of ways. We have ensured that this process is easy, simple and secure as possible. If there is any option you feel we haven’t covered, please contact us.

Do you offer an installation service?

Yes we do offer installation, however this is an extra service. As our saunas are packed flat, they are transported and moved around the home easily, they are easily assembled and include clear simple instructions. This means that we do not charge you extra for things you can easily assemble on your own. So for his reason most of our customers choose to do this job themselves. If you would like to add assembly to your order please contact customer services.

What about delivery?

We know that one of the biggest concerns regarding purchases is the reliability of the courier that delivers your order to your door.

We have the ultimate delivery service...

Not only do we deliver in 3-5 working days, we have dedicated drivers to ensure that your sauna arrives safely in one piece. We can also offer next day delivery in most cases. As part of the high quality service, our driver will allow you time to check for any damage before asking you to sign for the goods.

All our SaunaMed Infrared Saunas are delivered on an oversized pallet, this minimises the risk of damage occurring during transit. The delivery driver will move the pallet as close to your property as possible. Please note we cannot deliver over gravel or grass. You will be responsible for moving the packaging inside, as some of the larger models can be quite heavy we would recommend that you arrange to have assistance from a friend or family member.

You will be advised on the delivery date via email soon after checkout of your order, which will be delivered within the timescales shown in the table below.

Every effort will be made to deliver the goods as soon as possible after your order has been accepted. However, we will inform you of any delay as soon as possible and will give you the option of cancelling your order at this point.

Manufacturer Delivery Time
SaunaMed Classic, Luxury & Lumina 3-5 working days
SaunaMed Signature 8 weeks
Harvia 3-4 weeks
Helo 2 weeks
Tylo 2 weeks

Every effort will be made to deliver the goods as soon as possible after your order has been accepted. However, we will inform you of any delay as soon as possible and will give you the option of cancelling your order at this point.

Details on our delivery procedure can be found below.

1) Aqualine Saunas receive your order.

2) The order details are checked and passed to our warehouse for dispatch.

3) Your order is picked and marked for dispatch.

4) Once the order has been marked ready for dispatch, our delivery team will route your order for delivery over the next 3 – 5 days and call you advising of the delivery date.

Under normal conditions when the goods are in stock, and your order is received before 3pm our delivery team will mark the sauna for dispatch the same day.

However most of the vehicle routing may have already taken place by then so orders are preferred before 12 noon as a vehicle may have already been routed for that area.

Next day delivery is available and is charged at £90 per sauna. Please contact us if you require this option.

Please note that as our traditional saunas come direct from Finland they can take 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Can I have my item delivered to a different address?

Please understand that for fraud prevention purposes, we can only deliver to the cardholders registered address.

However, if you would like delivery to an alternative address, you can contact your bank to add additional address to your account, which will then pass our address verification process.

Do you deliver outside of the UK?

Our delivery service covers all of mainland UK, Northern Ireland, Dublin, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. We do also use independent carriers to deliver to most of Europe. All delivery charges are automatically calculated at checkout. Delivery times overseas do take longer than our two-man delivery service, assistance will also be required for offloading.

Can I return my item if I change my mind or do not like it?

If you change your mind about the product when you receive it you can return it at any time within 7 days for a replacement of equivalent value or a credit against any item of higher value. If you cannot find anything that you would like to exchange the item for we will refund you for the item less the cost of collection.

Can I get spare parts for my items if something goes wrong?

We do have a large stock of replacement parts for all of our saunas, in the unlikely event there is a problem outside of the warranty period, and can ship them via next day service. We supply them at cost price and do not make profit on spare parts. Which gives you that extra piece of mind.

Are you environmentally friendly?

All the material we use is non-allergenic, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Our wood comes from renewable forests. Furthermore, we ensure electric parts are fully certified and energy efficient, they consume less electricity than that of standard units. Not only does this save energy, but money as well. We also go a step further and ensure that all of our products are manufactured to ROHS standards, which restricts the release of Hazardous Substances.

Infrared Sauna FAQ

Tell me about your saunas?

This latest health and beauty development provides all the conventional benefits of a sauna and more through lower temperature sun-simulating technology.

SaunaMed Infrared Saunas have been designed and developed to bring the whole Sauna experience to every home regardless of space and budget and with the wide range we have, there is something for everyone.

The SaunaMed Sauna range has been commended for its ease of construction and variety of models available. The purchase of an Aqualine Sauna can be made with confidence from a name you can trust.

What is Far Infrared Ray (FIR)?


‘What is Infra Red energy you may ask?’ It is the warm glow you feel on a sunny day, which comes directly from the sun’s rays. That is why you can feel a sharp drop when a cloud blocks these rays – even though the temperature in the air has not changed.

Far-infrared radiant heat is a completely safe from of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by a process called direct light called infrared heat or infrared energy.

The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin. FIR heat provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.

Is infrared really safe?

Absolutely, infrared saunas are safe to use without a doubt.! Infrared light energy is really beneficial and not at all damaging to the body. To illustrate the safety of the heater, Far Infrared heating is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants. Infrared has been researched and used in medical practices for many years. Sports medicine has long accepted and used infrared to promote healing of sprains and strains. NASA has also concluded after lengthy trails in the 1980's that infrared therapy is the best way for astronauts to maintain cardiovascular fitness on long cramped space flights.

What is the difference between a SaunaMed Far Infrared sauna and a traditional sauna?

Traditional Sauna Vs SaunaMed Far Infrared

SAUNAMED FAR INFRARED SAUNAS

TRADITIONAL & STEAM SAUNAS

WOOD TYPE

Finest Grade Non-allergenic / Non-toxic Canadian Hemlock or hand selected finest grade A Canadian red cedar Spruce, Pine, Hemlock, Aspen, Alder and Abachi, which is cool to the touch in hot environments are most commonly used

HEAT SOURCE

100% Pure Far Infrared ceramic heaters Electric stove or wood-burning element

HEAT TRAMSMISSION

Long wave ‘safe’ FIR wave Hot air, harder to breathe, but some people prefer this intense heat environment

TEMPERATURE

18 –65 °C More than 38 °C

SWEAT ANALYSIS

80% water & 20% toxins 97% water & 3% toxins

PRE-HEAT TIME

5 min 30-40 min

FRESH AIR CIRCULATION

YES - Adjustable air vent and oxygen ioniser system fitted as standard Availiable however this must be closed during use to create humid environment

ENERGY COST AT 30 MIN PER DAY

Energy efficient - £4 per month average £16 per month average

COMFORT LEVEL AND SAFETY

Very high, heat safe and can be controlled to a single degree, timer function and Auto shut off also included Hot coals, unsuitable for children, the elderly and injured, possible fire hazard

INSTALLATION TIME

Under 30 minutes anywhere you like – No special venting required – Simple step by step guide Usually requires your own trades person and technical assistance needed - They usually take a day to install

PORTABILITY

Easily moved and packed flat again (Stands on supports offering floor protection and air circulation) More of a permanent fixed feature

CONTROLS

State of the art digital soft touch, internal and external controls Wireless controls on some models, also uses water over coals to control internal temperature

MEDICAL USE

Used by physicians Not used by physicians

USER SUITABILITY

Most people can use – Great benefits for the young, injured and elderly Only for certain individuals

WATER SUPPLY AND WIRING REQUIRED

None at all Yes

MUSIC EQUIPMENT AVAILIABLE

Top spec radio, CD, MP3 system and Ipod connection Fitted as standard Available on some models. Speakers need to be mounted low and be water resistant.

COST

Everything Included in the price – No hidden costs – All parts available Professional fitting and wiring required. Traditional saunas generally cost more.

I’ve heard about the amazing health benefits of an SaunaMed Far Infrared sauna, could you explain them in detail?

Far Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

I’ve seen other similar saunas advertised, what makes yours better for me?

Our saunas are made from the Finest Grade Non-allergenic / Non-toxic Canadian Hemlock, or hand selected finest grade A Canadian Red Cedar, and are built with solid tongue-and-groove construction. They are compact, easy to assemble, they take only a few minutes to heat, plugs into a standard household plug, stands off the floor on 4 legs and won't damage your flooring. Also do not forget our proven strict quality management and wide range of accessories. All our infrared saunas are classed as Far Infrared saunas. This is the most beneficial infrared treatment for your health.

What is Constant Concentrated Infrared?

Because Far- Infrared Rays travel in a straight line, conventional Infrared heating elements cannot reach every part of your body. This is the main problem with carbon elements meaning the whole of the sauna interior has to be covered with this material. DuraWave™ pure ceramic Far-Infrared Heaters are coiled in a concave shape and use surgical-grade stainless steel wide-projection deflectors designed to concentrate and maximize infrared output towards the body. So no matter how you are positioned in a SaunaMed Sauna, whether you are directly in front of a heater or not, your whole body is effectively receiving the beneficial Far-Infrared Rays and there are no cold spots.

What are DuraWave™ Infrared Heaters?

DuraWave™ Infrared Heaters use technology which encompasses 100% pure ceramic elements filled with lava sand to give the best heat distribution and include no chemicals or toxins.

All humans send and receive Far infrared waves. The range of waves generated by the human body is 6 to 20 microns. The optimal micron output range is between 7.5 and 15 microns which is very close to the resonant frequency of a water molecule. This similarity makes sense since our bodies are almost 70% water.

DuraWave™ infrared heaters have been designed and calibrated to target the vital wave range of 7.5 to 15 microns with a good portion of wavelengths at 9.4, which is the frequency at which a water molecule resonates or vibrates. This vibration causes a release of cellular toxins such as mercury, aluminium, cholesterol and other toxic gases such as sulphur and formaldehyde. This optimal micron output also allows for deeper penetration of Far infrared heat, which improves pain relief, detoxification, circulation, and increased peripheral blood flow. They are also designed to be safe to touch and comfortable to sit against.

Regular clinical tests demonstrate that DuraWave™ infrared heaters produce far-infrared rays close to perfection to work with the natural harmony of the human body resulting in increased health benefits. Often, many products have not been tested making it very difficult to verify their safety and peak infrared output wavelength.

Are they backed up with Mediacal Research and Benefits?

Yes Far Infrared saunas which use pure ceramic concave shape emitters are backed by a long history, extensive medical research and results.

Far Infrared saunas using pure ceramic emitters have a long history (decades) of use, results, and confidence, not only by the manufacturers, but also by doctors and people who use them. Many of the books published, and research of naturopathic doctors have been based on the far infrared saunas using pure ceramic heating emitters.

Why are DuraWave™ elements are preferred over carbon?

DuraWave™ heating elements were also developed to solve the fundamental issue with the chemicals used in the production of carbon heating elements. Carbon heating elements, start as two pieces of flexible fibreglass (plastic resins and glass cloth). A thin conductive layer of carbon is printed onto the fibreglass, then fibreglass pressure laminated to complete the assembly. Through this process compounds of styrene, lead, iron, aluminium, zinc, boron and barium are introduced into the sauna. We found it absolutely unacceptable to introduce lead, and especially styrene in a therapeutic environment designed for detoxification.

Ceramic infrared sauna heaters are more advantageous as they heat up much faster, have a high emissivity and they are known for high levels of durability. Ceramic heaters are the most common and popular choice. Our DuraWave™ ceramic heaters are also very easy to ship and replace should a problem arise, unlike carbon heaters that can be awkward to ship and difficult to replace.

Far Infrared Saunas which use pure ceramic concave shape emitters are backed by a long history, extensive medical research and results. If you take a look around it is why the most experienced and health orientated companies use ceramic elements.

SaunaMed did consider developing carbon elements, however after extensive research we chose to stick with our very popular DuraWave™ elements due to the following findings;

  • Carbon Infrared heating elements cannot reach every part of your body as the rays travel in a straight line. This is a problem meaning the whole of the sauna interior has to be covered with this material. DuraWave™ pure ceramic Far-Infrared Heaters are coiled in a concave shape and use surgical-grade stainless steel wide-projection deflectors designed to concentrate and maximize infrared output towards the body. So no matter how you are positioned in a SaunaMed Infrared Sauna, there are no cold spots.
  • Infrared efficiency dropped dramatically when sitting more than 20cm away from the elements. Meaning much of the infrared heat sources are not warming the body efficiently but simply warming the air.
  • The elements have to be thermostat controlled which meant that cabin temperatures would have to be much higher to produce any level of sweat production.
  • To create the internal temperatures and Infrared flow required for the elements to be effective, the majority of the cabin interior needed to be lined with the black carbon elements, which was very dark and unsightly.
  • Toxic chemicals are used in the production of carbon heating elements. Compounds of styrene, lead, iron, aluminium, zinc, boron and barium are introduced into the sauna. We found it absolutely unacceptable to introduce lead, and especially styrene in a therapeutic environment designed for detoxification.
  • Wooden brackets holding the carbon heater panels in place created a trap for dust and bacteria and absorbed the infrared heat rather than your body.
  • Sweat stains on the carbon elements were difficult to clean.

What is EMR Testing- (Electro Magnetic Radiation)?

Many doctors and medical experts are advising the avoidance of exposure to high levels of EMR. EMR is short for electromagnetic radiation or sometimes known as electromagnetic fields (EMF) or electromagnetic energy (EME). Electromagnetic fields are created when electric current flows, such as using a hair dryer, microwave or cell phone.

Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) are a field of energy created by all electrically charged objects. EMF is given off by any appliance or transmission of AC (alternating current) electricity. Every day appliances around the home give off varying levels of EMF depending on their design and level of current. Items as varied as mobile phones, hairdryers, and electric tooth brushes to name but a few examples all give off EMF at some level.

SaunaMed Saunas are designed to be therapeutic environments with the lowest possible level of EMF however due to factors beyond our ability to control, such as your household wiring and other potential background sources of EMF such as Wi-Fi networks, we are unable to guarantee that there will be 0mG of EMF within your sauna cabin.

In designing the DuraWave heater technology that goes into every SaunaMed Sauna, our engineers have taken steps to significantly reduce the EMF given off by DuraWave heaters however it is possible that some EMF may be present within your sauna cabin given off by the heater elements.

Many people fear that EMF causes cancer however even a casual connection between EMFs and cancer has not been established and widely accepted by the scientific community. Your SaunaMed sauna is entirely safe to use just like any other household appliance. A typical hairdryer will give off five times more EMF than a DuraWave heater.

All known cancer inducing agents including radiation, certain chemicals and a few viruses act by breaking chemical bonds producing mutant strands of DNA. Not until the ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum is reached, beyond visible light, and far beyond the infrared spectrum do photons have the energy required to break chemical bonds and as such there is no corroborated medical evidence to support EMFs given off by household appliances can increase the risk of cancer.

Industries lowest EMR

EMR Neutral infrared heaters by SaunaMed give off ultra low EMR, our patented technology ensures that you are never exposed to high levels of EMR in the sauna.

Our ceramic heaters are wired in a unique way so that the ‘neutral’ feed runs alongside the ‘live’ feed. This neutralises most of the radiation.

We are unable to guarantee that there will be 0mG of EMF within your sauna cabin but our technology reduces your exposure significantly.

SaunaMed is one of the most widely accepted sauna brands used by doctors and other health care professionals. Residential users receive exactly the same product that healthcare professionals use in professional environments.

*Please note that EMR Neutral™ heaters are designed to significantly reduce the exposure to radiation when compared to standard heaters. There may still be some small levels of EMR detected.

On which SaunaMed models can I find the EMR Neutral technology?

EMR Neutral™ heaters are used in all SaunaMed models.

What is an Oxygen Ioniser?

An Oxygen Ioniser is a device that rids the air of dust, pollens, bacteria, and other pollutants. Inside your Infrared Sauna, Oxygen Ionisers purify the air by removing allergens, dander, and odors from your Infrared Sauna. Leaving your Infrared Sauna air fresh and clean.

How do Oxygen Ionizers Work?

Oxygen Ionizers work by creating an electrical charge to produce negative ions, which remove tiny partials from the air. The negative ions produced by Oxygen Ionizers seek out positive ions like pollen, bacteria, dust, mold, and so forth to bond. When the positive and negative ions bond, they become heavy dropping to the floor. The next step of course is to remember to clean out your Infrared Sauna every so often.

The small negative ions are identical to the ions found in the invigorating natural environments such as the seashore, alpine regions, forests and waterfalls.

Are they easy to assemble?

Yes, it should take about thirty minutes. We provide you with an easy to read ‘step by step’ manual. Our saunas arrive flat packed in 2 large boxes, this also makes it easier to take with you if you ever decide to move house. All wall sections are made to fit together precisely, this ensures that our infrared saunas are very rigid and have a solid construction. Tools are also included at no extra cost.

Do I need an Electrician?

An electrician is not required as our saunas simply plug into any household power point, they are delivered to you in kit-form and all wiring and accessories are already in place.

Does the Sauna require any ventilation or plumbing?

The sauna cabin is self-venting and requires no plumbing. There is a sliding vent to control the exhaust of hot air and the unit stands off the floor on 4 cleverly designed supports so no further venting is required and your floor remains protected.

Is it difficult to assemble the sauna in a restricted area such as a loft or basement?

Our saunas are supplied flat packed for assembly on site. Providing you can get the panels through any loft door etc. there will be no difficulty to assemble the cabin. By using advanced Far Infrared technology an Aqualine sauna can be installed in any room (even on carpet) and only requires a standard 13 Amp plug socket. Unlike old style steam saunas there is no need for venting, special wiring or special flooring. Your spare room, conservatory, garage or any spare space can become a centre for relaxation and wellness.

Can the sauna be used outdoors?

Only if installed in a garden building such as a summer house or a shed.

Are the saunas noisy?

We have ensured that our saunas are silent to aid in your relaxation.

How often can I use the Infrared Sauna?

As with any form of exercise, it is important to build up a tolerance. Use a lower temperature (35°c) for about 15-20 minutes, initially 3 times a week. Once conditioned, many people enjoy daily sessions of up to 35 to 40 minutes.

What temperature is best?

We suggest beginning at 35°C and working up to the higher temperatures. It is often not necessary to reach maximum temperatures and most benefits are experienced at lower temperatures.

Should I drink water before or after a sauna session?

Yes you should do both, as well as drinking water during the sauna session. All our saunas include a handy drinks holder inside.

Is the sauna suitable for anybody?

Due to the more controlled temperature and safe heating apparatus, far infrared saunas are beneficial to a wider variety of people. A healthcare professional should be consulted if you have specific health conditions, including pregnancy.

Is sauna safe for use by the elderly?

The older we get the more toxic we become. Many anti-ageing practitioners are now incorporating far infrared sauna therapy into their programs. It is important to note that most patients over sixty are dehydrated to some degree and this should be addressed by consuming fluids as instucted. Begin at 30°C and gradually increase the temperature.

What about children?

The sauna can be used by all people due to its safe heating apparatus. If the sauna is used at all for children under ten, it should be used for a short duration at a low temperature (30-40°C) and ensure fluids are replaced through drinking plenty of water. Good results have been noted with autism and ADD/ADHD.

Is there any maintenance involved?

Not much at all, just give the glass door a wipe down, and change the light bulb when required. If a problem does occur we have qualified technicians available to speak with you, also a troubleshooting guide is included in the kit, if needed. The floor can be mopped out using warm water and disinfectant. The benches should be sponged down using warm soapy water. This must be used sparingly to avoid soaking the wood. If necessary, the heater can be switched on at a low temperature to assist with the drying out of the benches.

What is the best material for a sauna, there seems to be a lot to choose from?

Our Canadian Hemlock wood does not give off toxins, under high temperatures, which pine and Sitka wood do. Our wood has a fine grain and virtually no knots, which eliminates the chances of splinting or any rough surfaces and gives a softer feel.

Hemlock is known for its natural strength and durability; it is naturally resistant to decay therefore ideal for sauna uses. Its longevity is 300 -1000 years, most other woods average 200 years. Hemlock is commonly used for bridge timbers, house sills; the grain patterns are dramatically beautiful so it is prized as material for flooring, panelling and trim. Hemlock is a strong, safe, very attractive and has an even grained wood texture.

Cedarwood gives off a pleasant aroma that can also have a therapeutic effect, as shown by thousands of years of tradition. When used for burning, cedar wood strengthens and harmonises, while the essential oil has a calming and soothing effect on nervous stress. The Indians used cedar wood for all respiratory problems as well as for arthritis, rashes and menstrual pain.

Which are the best Infrared heaters, Ceramic or Carbon?

Ceramic heaters are more advantageous as they heat up much faster, have a high emissivity and they are known for high levels of durability. Ceramic heaters are the most common and popular choice.

Are there any chemicals used in the manufacturing process?

We have perfected the manufacturing process to ensure that there are no toxins or chemicals within the sauna itself. We believe it is vital that our saunas provide a safe therapeutic environment for our customers to enjoy. To do this we have ensured that the wood used to build our cabins has not been treated with any chemicals. Instead we merely kiln dry the wood which helps it retain its naturally durability with no need for chemical treatment. We use only water based adhesives in the construction of the cabin as opposed to solvent based adhesives. We allow the natural density of the wood and an air gap between the panels to provide the insulation, no manufactured rock wool or mineral fibres are used. We use DuraWave Heating elements which are filled with lava sand and contain no chemicals in contrast to some carbon heating elements which can introduce lead and styrene into the therapeutic sauna environment.

What is the warranty on the saunas?

We are so confident in the quality of our saunas that we offer a 5-year warranty on our wood and glass parts and 2 years on electric parts. If there is a fault with the sauna within this period, parts and simple replacement instructions will be sent out free of charge.

I have a Hotel and want to offer benefits of a sauna. This would add to my list of facilities. I know the health benefits of Far Infrared sauna over a regular sauna. Are there other reasons?

Yes, our saunas cost much less to operate and maintain. The Finest Grade Non-allergenic / Non-toxic Canadian Hemlock construction is best for your guests because as many as 15% of your guests may be allergic to sitka, pine and other timber. Also, the controllable temperature (18 - 65°C) will be healthier and safer for your guests.

Traditional Saunas Vs SaunaMed FAR Infrared

Comparison Table

SAUNAMED FAR INFRARED SAUNAS

TRADITIONAL & STEAM SAUNAS

WOOD TYPE

Finest Grade Non-allergenic / Non-toxic Canadian Hemlock or hand selected finest grade A Canadian red cedar Spruce, Pine, Hemlock, Aspen, Alder and Abachi, which is cool to the touch in hot environments are most commonly used

HEAT SOURCE

100% Pure Far Infrared ceramic heaters Electric stove or wood-burning element

HEAT TRAMSMISSION

Long wave ‘safe’ FIR wave Hot air, harder to breathe, but some people prefer this intense heat environment

TEMPERATURE

18 –65 °C More than 38 °C

SWEAT ANALYSIS

80% water & 20% toxins 97% water & 3% toxins

PRE-HEAT TIME

5 min 30-40 min

FRESH AIR CIRCULATION

YES - Adjustable air vent and oxygen ioniser system fitted as standard Availiable however this must be closed during use to create humid environment

ENERGY COST AT 30 MIN PER DAY

Energy efficient - £4 per month average £16 per month average

COMFORT LEVEL AND SAFETY

Very high, heat safe and can be controlled to a single degree, timer function and Auto shut off also included Hot coals, unsuitable for children, the elderly and injured, possible fire hazard

INSTALLATION TIME

Under 30 minutes anywhere you like – No special venting required – Simple step by step guide Usually requires your own trades person and technical assistance needed - They usually take a day to install

PORTABILITY

Easily moved and packed flat again (Stands on supports offering floor protection and air circulation) More of a permanent fixed feature

CONTROLS

State of the art digital soft touch, internal and external controls Wireless controls on some models, also uses water over coals to control internal temperature

MEDICAL USE

Used by physicians Not used by physicians

USER SUITABILITY

Most people can use – Great benefits for the young, injured and elderly Only for certain individuals

WATER SUPPLY AND WIRING REQUIRED

None at all Yes

MUSIC EQUIPMENT AVAILIABLE

Top spec radio, CD, MP3 system and Ipod connection Fitted as standard Available on some models. Speakers need to be mounted low and be water resistant.

COST

Everything Included in the price – No hidden costs – All parts available Professional fitting and wiring required. Traditional saunas generally cost more.

Why do you sweat up to three times more in an SaunaMed infrared sauna when it is less than half the temperature of a traditional sauna or steam room?

Infrared is a radiant source of heat. This means it warms our body directly, rather than having to warm the air first - similar to the sun warming our body on a colds winter's day. This is a major difference between an Aqualine Infrared sauna and a traditional sauna. Infrared only expends 20% of its energy on heating the air - 80% directly warms the body to a depth of 4.5cms.

This deep penetration of warming radiant heat produces up to three times more perspiration and therefore stimulates the deeper tissues and muscles to release stored fat and toxins leaving the user feeling refreshed, cleansed and energised.

What about the pre-heating times?

As mentioned SaunaMed saunas heat up in a few minutes so you can enjor your sauna whenever you feel like it, traditional saunas usually take 30-40 mins to heat up properly.

FAR Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

If there was a way to increase energy, lose weight, decrease stress, detoxify the body and purify the skin while elevating the immune system to fight off everything from the common cold, circulation, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions to serious life quality threatening illnesses, what would it be worth?

What if all a person had to do to receive such benefits was relax and sit down for 15 to 30 minutes a day, three or four times a week, listening to music, reading a book, watching TV or talking on the phone - now what would that be worth?

What the Experts Say?

"The Far Infrared sauna is the safest, most efficient and economical way of eliminating stored toxins, making it a household necessity. I am convinced that the Far Infrared sauna is something that everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle to restore health. The Far Infrared sauna is far safer and more tolerable than a conventional sauna because it uses a heat energy that penetrates into tissues, triggering mobilization of chemicals from fat storage, directly into the sweat." (Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. Centre for Environmental Medicine)

It has become well known that people who take regular saunas (2-3 per week) reduce their incidence of colds and influenza by over 65% (a study by the British Medical Association).

While many people use saunas primarily for relaxation and stress reduction, the other health benefits are increasing the popularity of saunas. The reduction and removal of body toxins through the sweating process is becoming a highly regarded benefit of the sauna.

Hundreds of years ago, people discovered and turned to heat therapy as a source of natural healing for many illnesses and discomforts. Far Infrared saunas are growing in popularity and are naturally rising to the top of health regime requirements.

What are the main health benefits?

  • Helps purify fat cells and controls weight
  • Effective way to burn calories (up to 600 calories in one session)
  • Detoxifies heavy metals, hydrocarbon residues, alcohol, nicotine, sodium and cholesterol
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system with deep Far Infrared penetration
  • Effective for treating sprains, muscle spasms and joint stiffness
  • Relieves aches and pains
  • Can help relieve the discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis - see our blog post on Infrared Saunas & Arthritis -The Health Benefits
  • Improves and clears cellulite
  • Improves skin tone and complexion
  • Helps scars and burns, acne, psoriasis and eczema
  • Sharpens senses and relieves stress and fatigue
  • Stimulates endorphins of the brain and ‘feel good’ hormones
  • Improves your immune system and kills organisms like bacteria and parasites
  • Increases overall health and resistance to disease

Is the Far Infrared Sauna good for weight loss and burining calories?

There is the obvious weight loss that is associated with burning calories. Most importantly, however, is the weight loss that occurs in those users with chemical toxicities. These are the people who have tried many diets with little or no results. Toxic chemicals are stored in the fat cells and the body will not let go of the fat unless the toxins are removed from the cells. The body very cleverly binds up these toxins in the fat to preserve other organs. Once the toxins are removed, the weight gain associated with high acidity/mal-absorption is also solved.

As you relax in the gentle heat of the infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work, producing sweat, pumping blood – and burning calories. In a single sauna session you may burn as many as 600 calories, similar to exercising for 30 minutes.

Detoxify and lose weight?

Scientific studies have shown that a thirty minute session in an infrared sauna can result in the loss of toxins and stored fats in the body by up to six times the level a traditional sauna or exercise alone can achieve. Infrared is the only heat that penetrates deep enough into the tissues of the body to melt away cellulite and fats and the unique light wavelengths act to break down dangerous toxins and acids in the body. Compared to a session in a traditional sauna, you can perspire up to three times more, resulting in these fragmented impurities being safely eliminated by the body through perspiration. An added health benefit of using an infrared sauna is weight loss. Your body will use up to 600 calories in just 30 comfortable and relaxing minutes.

Why does the SaunaMed Infrared Sauna removes up to six times more stored fat and toxins from your body?

This is due to the radiant heat stimulating the deep tissues and organs to release stored fat and accumulated toxins. The Aqualine Infrared Sauna range gives the body an opportunity to release toxins through the skin, which is often referred to as the third kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body’s waste.

How do I burn calories and get a cardiovascular workout by sitting in an SaunaMed infrared sauna?

When our body heats up, the heart pumps blood faster around the body and to the extremities of the body. Muscles worked during exercise produce heat, and the body needs to compensate. The best defence the body has to overheating is sweating because sweat evaporates from the skin taking the heat with it. Our body expends energy to produce sweat - 1g of sweat requires 0.586 calories. A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in a single sauna session - the equivalent in sweat to run 10 -15kms.

So, by sitting in a SaunaMed sauna your body will start to sweat, raise the heart rate and dilate the capillaries and other parts of the cardiovascular system, offering many of the cardiovascular benefits of physical exercise.

NASA has also concluded after lengthy trails in the 1980's that infrared therapy is the best way for astronauts to maintain cardiovascular fitness on long cramped space flights.

Keep your Heart Healthy

Far Infrared saunas have a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system. As you perspire, your heart works harder to pump blood through your body. A 30-minute session in an Aqualine infrared sauna is equivalent to walking or jogging for 10 to 15 kilometres. Take advantage of these amazing benefits without leaving the relaxing warmth of your own spa, and without any dangerous impact on your joints.

The sauna also increases heart rate and blood circulation, both crucial to maintaining health. The heart rate increases as more blood flow is diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin without heightening blood pressure. It is a great means of exercise for those who cannot physically exert themselves.

Is the Sauna really effective for pain relief?

Relief from arthritic joints and lower back pain is a common benefit for many people. Research has also shown infrared therapy to effectively manage all manner of muscular and skeletal aches and pains, and even improve posture.

One of the main reasons for this is its ability to dilate the capillaries in areas associated with pains, allowing oxygen-rich blood to bathe the area and flush away metabolic waste that builds up and contributes to the pain, soreness and stiffness, this also brings 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 that they recover faster. Many people who have had trouble sleeping from pain and stress have found deep restful sleep through regular use.

Due to the deep penetrating heat from infrared, health professionals and Sports Medicine have used infrared lamps for many years to treat muscle and joint problems.

How does regular use of the Sauna reduce cellulite?

European beauty specialists regularly incorporate sessions in programmes to reduce cellulite. Because the radiant infrared heat penetrates three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at breaking down hard to move cellulite and promoting a more youthful, beautiful complexion.

How will using the Sauna benefit my skin?

Infrared Heat penetrates deeply into the layers of skin. Perspiration removes the deep impurities, toxins and dead skin cells. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. Together with Infrared heat's cleansing effect, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skins texture, complexion, tone and elasticity.

Studies concluded that Infrared Heat has been beneficial in the healing of acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

The skin is often referred to as the third kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body’s waste.

How does a sauna reduce stress and fatigue?

High levels of stress put continuous strain in the autonomic nervous system and are one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases. Heat therapy relaxes the muscles and relieves muscular aches and pains. By facilitating the expansion of capillary vessels, thereby improving circulation, physical stress levels are reduced.

The infrared rays also clear away build up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide around the muscles, by removing the toxins muscle and joint stiffness disappears. Besides these physiological effects, a sauna session also contributes to stress reduction by stimulating the endorphins of the brain, and simply by providing a peaceful and relaxing environment away from it all.

Boost your immune system

Combat the effects of daily stress and wake up your immune system. Deep radiant infrared heat results in a rising of your body’s temperature, identical to the body's defence mechanism against bacteria, microbes, and infection. The beneficial side effect of this induced temperature increase is immune system improvement resulting from increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by your bone marrow and killer T-cells by your thymus. When toxins are present in our body blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. The body’s immune system is inhibited, which makes it difficult for the body to fight disease.

Combined with the elimination of toxins and wastes from your body, your overall health and resistance to disease is noticeably improved so you feel and look better.

How can your sauna benefit me with my exercise routine, and my before and after workouts?

Our saunas are definitely an investment in your fitness regime. Lactic acid, a by-product of muscle metabolism that causes soreness and stiffness after exercise, is significantly reduced after infrared sauna therapy. Use of our sauna before exercise can also benefit, as it helps increase blood circulation and acts as a warm up before activity.

My doctor says a Far Infrared sauna is very effective for detoxifying mercury without adding to my total toxicity. Is this true?

Absolutely. This has been proven true in test after test.

Traditional Sauna FAQ

Are your traditonal saunas domestic or commercial units?

Our full range of traditional saunas are classed as commercial saunas, however they are perfect for use as domestic saunas. We firmly believe we have the best quality units with the most flexibility in the sauna industry.

We are also one of the first sauna companies to lay out our full pricing online for our high end and commercial units. Many other companies in this sector will first gauge how much your budget is and how much you are worth and then charge appropriately. We use fair pricing and do not give special rates to different customers so that everybody gets a fair deal and a great price. This also proves that we do not use pushy sales teams.

Is everything included with your traditional saunas?

Our traditional saunas are comprehensive solutions. You get Aqualine’s high quality saunas, aesthetic design and easy assembly all in the same package, from the same supplier. All parts and accessories are included, even the sauna stones and a gift pack is included free with every sauna.

However all Harvia indoor saunas do not come complete with a floor. Most of our customers choose to use a tiled floor.

All the saunas are designed for easy self assembly. All that is required is a local qualified electrician to connect up the heater to your electrical supply using an adjacent isolator.

If you need help with the main cabin assembly, a local carpenter can do this.

Do I need to upgrade my electrical supply to accomodate a traditional sauna?

You will need to upgrade your electrical supply if your heater is rated above 3kW. A local electrician can easily install this. Most of the smaller saunas will not require an upgrade. You can find the heater rating on the individual product pages.

How much time should I spend in a traditional sauna?

A typical session in a traditional sauna lasts about 10-15 minutes. Many sauna bathers will often have several sessions in succession, with short breaks in between to drink some water, shower in cold water and generally cool down a bit.

What is the ideal temperature range for a traditional sauna?

180°F - 190°F is probably the most typical temperature range in a traditional sauna, however personal preference and comfort level is the most important thing to consider with sauna bathing.

What kind of electrical requirements does a traditional sauna have?

Almost all traditional saunas will require a direct 240V hook-up to the household electrical system. Some smaller sizes that only require a 2 kilowatt heater are available in a 120V electrical configuration.

Will I need to install a drain in the floor?

In almost all circumstances a floor drain is neither required nor necessary. Any excess water or moisture can be easily taken care of by allowing the heater to run for a length of time until the heat has evaporated the moisture. However in some cases, such as when the sauna will be used for commercial purposes, a floor drain may be required to comply with building code.

What considerations should I make for ventilation?

All of our traditional saunas come with ventilation built into the walls, and will have plenty of fresh air circulated in from the outside environment, even if the sauna is installed indoors.

Can any stone materials serve as heater stones?

Heater stones should be of a material that is as heavy as possible, dark in colour, and large in size for them to be able to store as much heat energy as possible. Heater dealers sell stones that are purposely intended for use as heater stones and which come from well-known suppliers, and whose composition and suitability are guaranteed. Stone material that is well-known and suitable for use in heaters includes: peridotite, olivine and olivine-dolerite. Heater stones must be arranged loosely to ensure there is good air circulation. All of our sauna packages include sauna stones with the heaters.

How often should the heater stones be changed in a family sauna?

How often they are changed by and large depends on how much the heater is used. If it is an average of twice a week, the stones should be changed once a year. It is a good idea to rearrange the stones occasionally, as they tend to crumble with use, making the area more compact and therefore obstructing the free circulation of air. Good air circulation will ensure that the heater works properly and the resistors too will last a long time owing to lower temperatures at their surface.

Harvia Traditional Sauna Options

Help choosing the wall and ceiling panelling material

On our traditional sauna ranges, the first step is to decide on the wood material to be used on the outside, inside and ceiling of the main sauna cabin. The availiable options are listed in the first drop down menu on the individual product pages.

Options can include spruce, pine, aspen or alder for your Variant sauna wall and ceiling panelling. The Rondium and Rubic ranges also have the option of heat-treated abachi.

Spruce panelling is slowly grown, healthy and a tough Finnish softwood with sound knots that enliven the surface. Spruce secretes very little resin, and the wood retains its light colour for many years.

Pine panelling is made of pure pine board that has a slightly red tinge. Its looks improve with age, and it darkens beautifully as the years pass. The faint fragrance of pine resin resembles clean pine forests.

Aspen is a traditional sauna material because of its characteristics. Aspen's light and even colour is long-lasting and creates a fresh atmosphere inside your sauna.

Alder has a refined shade of red which deepens with age. It's slightly variegated and easy to care.

Heat-treated Abachi has undergone a treatment process of 150°C heat. Although all woods are kiln dried to avoid warping and splitting, this wood has endured much higher temperatures.

Help choosing the bench style

The second step is to select your interior style and bench material. Again the availiable options are listed in the second drop down menu on the individual product pages. The interior packages include benches, backrests and other elements to complete your sauna. If availiable, you can choose from four interior alternatives; Formula, Exclusive, Solar and Futura.

Formula: Simple lines, fresh forms. Formula is the right interior for you if you appreciate linear design. The basic Variant sauna package includes the Formula interior made of abachi unless you specifically select another wood material or interior design. Formula uses abachi, aspen, alder or heat-treated aspen as the material for the benches, backrests and bench surrounds.

Exclusive: Bright wood surfaces. Soft, tasteful lines. Furnish your sauna elegantly with Exclusive. The benches, backrests and bench surrounds are made of abachi, aspen or alder according to your taste. The Exclusive interior's benches are detachable and therefore make cleaning an easy task.

Solar: A new type of design. An interesting combination of colour and lines. If you want your sauna to be really memorable, Solar is for you. You can choose from abachi, aspen, alder or heat-treated aspen for the bench material, backrests and bench surrounds in Solar. The Solar interior's benches are detachable and therefore make cleaning an easy task.

Futura: Wood and metal - a bold combination of materials brings a message from the future of saunas. The steel strip embedded in the front of the bench and the slim battening used on the benches give the Futura sauna interior a modern look. The same line is continued on the light fittings and heater guard. The interior features modern slim battening. Select the material for your Futura sauna interior from aspen, abachi, alder, or heat-treated aspen. The Futura interior benches are detachable and therefore make cleaning an easy task.

Ventura: Something completely new for your sauna! Ventura's benches, backrests and bench surrounds are made of form-pressed veneer glued in layers. Thanks to the rounded bench finishing it is very pleasant to sit on the benches. Lamps are integrated in the backrests.

Help choosing the bench material

The third and final step is to decide on the material to be used for the benches. We use easy-care abachi wood by default as this wood stays fairly cool against your skin in extreme heat.

However there are sometimes other options availiable depending on the model, should you wish to select them.