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Pace Enhances Leisure Club Experience With Sauna Refit

Friday 17th November, 2017

We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our facilities here at Pace, and after nine years of active use, we are pleased to announce that we have now completed a refit of the benches in our poolside sauna facility. The scent of fresh new wood makes every sauna visit a wonderfully relaxing and reinvigorating experience which we know you will greatly enjoy, and the wood is now even better quality than before.

Our sauna has always been well-used by our Leisure Club guests and hotel visitors as part of our pool complex experience at Pace Health Club. And little wonder, because sauna usage is widely known to reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular conditions.

Saunas actually originated in Finland, where they still remain an important part of life, and nowadays they are built in as standard into family homes. In a typical Finnish sauna, the temperature of the room stays above the ‘dew point’ even when water is thrown on the hot stones and vaporised – and so the sauna is always dry. And here at Pace, our sauna offers you the same authentic Finnish experience.

Using our sauna:

How often you use the sauna as part of your Pace Leisure Club experience is up to you, but here are a few tips:

  • Being a mixed-use sauna in the UK, we ask you please to keep your swimsuits on!  :-)
  • The purpose of a sauna is to relax the skin and induce perspiring, so it is good practice to sit on a towel when you are in the sauna, and to shower yourself at the poolside showers immediately afterwards before getting back into the pool or jacuzzi or entering the steam room.
  • Your choice of position in the sauna can make a big difference to your overall experience. If you like it hot, choose to sit next to the coals or on a high-level bench (because heat rises). The far corner of the room will usually be the hottest because of the direction in which air travels around the room. By lying down, this will also help your body to heat up evenly.
  • If you throw water on the coals, bear in mind that this will immediately increase the humidity in the room and make you perspire more copiously, so you may need to leave the area more swiftly!
  • Bear in mind that the coals are very hot, so never place your towel, jewellery or any belongings anywhere near to the heat source, to prevent fires.

When not to use the sauna:

  • Never use the sauna if you have just eaten, have been drinking alcohol or are feeling dehydrated (think twice and have a drink first if you have just come in from the gym), or if you have an underlying medical condition. Always read the safety notice on the wall before you go in.
  • Perspiring is your body’s way of trying to cool you down, so if you feel at all faint or ill when you are in the sauna, it is always worth erring on the side of caution and leaving the room until you feel better. We always have water nearby on the poolside, so please do keep sipping water as regularly as you can.

After your sauna session:

Cooling down is a part of the sauna cycle and is considered just as important as the heating. So it is worth taking a few moments to shower after you leave the sauna, and then re-enter the pool gradually rather than jumping straight in, to minimise any shock from the temperature change.

Overall, however, each sauna visit will leave you relaxed and invigorated - and you can repeat the experience as often as you like!

Pace Health Club at the Radisson Blu in Durham City is open every day of the week from 6am till 11pm – the perfect chance to exercise, relax, unwind and switch off, whether it be before work starts or at the end of a busy day.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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