Bali Firm Offers Saunas with a Difference
By Laurane Marchive
The Bali Times
SEMINYAK ~ Tina Shazell and her husband, Simon Ashenden, have introduced a new kind of sauna to Bali that provides a range of health benefits traditional saunas do not, they said in an interview with The Bali Times.
The technology the Exotiq FAR infrared sauna is based on is already used throughout the world, but Tina and Simon are the first to offer it in Bali.
Simon said he feels that nowadays, people are more aware of their bodies and they want to take care of themselves, but that we live in such a stressful world that people don’t have enough time to exercise or to take care of themselves every day.
“We now know that detoxification is one of the great ways to keep our bodies healthy, and the more you do, the better it gets,” he said.
“That’s why people like our sauna. Detoxification here is more effective than doing sports, especially for removing heavy metals.”
Added Tina: “The key is to sweat to purify the body.”
Normal saunas use steam and make you sweat 97 percent water and 3 percent toxins. However, the infrared sauna is different: as its name suggests, it uses infrared, which is similar to the energy of the sun or the human body, Chi, as the Chinese call it.
The same energy is also said to be used by healers, who can relieve pain by putting their hands on a person’s body. But more than just heat, this sauna uses vibrations to separate the toxins from the water molecules in the body, which means your sweat is made up of 80 percent water and 20 percent toxins.
Infrared is sometimes used in medical treatments – for example to treat some cancers or to cure people exposed to harmful chemicals. The couple say the infrared strengthens the immune system, benefiting the whole body.
“This sauna is also perfect for people who want to lose weight,” Tina said, claiming she lost eight kilos in six months by using the sauna for 30 minutes every day.
According to her, the infrared acts on your metabolism, making you burn calories without doing anything. She said it also reduces stress, tiredness and is good for anyone who suffers from insomnia.
“Most of the time, people use it and like it. It’s never an effort,” said Simon.
Small enough to have at home, the sauna consumes less energy than a traditional one. The amount of energy it uses is comparable to that of a hair dryer.
“Our sauna uses a quarter of the energy as a normal sauna, and inside it is half the temperature of a traditional one. You don’t have to worry about problems with breathing and you can easily stay inside for half an hour without feeling uncomfortable. It can be a very social place,” Simon said, laughing, and adding, “My wife and I come and chill here every day, just as if we were on the living room sofa.”
An Exotiq FAR infrared sauna costs between US$2,000 and $4,000, but doesn’t need any plumbing: just plug it, and it works. It’s made of wood and small carbon boards, which the electricity runs through to release the right amount of infrared.
“We have shipped saunas throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and even Germany. The company is still very young, but I am sure it will work, as people really like the product, and even spas and resorts have bought it for their customers,” said Simon.