For many visitors this is the highlight of taking a sauna, for others a reason to flee from the sauna cabin. But in principle, taking a sauna without an infusion is just as effective in terms of the positive effects on your health.
When the water is thrown onto the hot stones and evaporates, the characteristic sauna climate with its very low humidity changes at a stroke. Due to the infusion, the air in the cabin becomes moist, albeit for just a short time, as the continuous change of air rapidly ensures it is equalized. The wooden walls also absorb some of the moisture from the air.
When the burst of steam reaches the skin of the people taking a sauna, the steam is deposited on the skin and condenses. This increases their sensation of heat.
The heat of the steam is felt even more intensely if the person pouring the infusion flutters a towel. This flaps the hot air arising from the oven towards the people in the sauna, and at the same time this movement of air removes the layer of air, which rests above the skin and has an insulating effect. The hotter air in the cabin now strikes the skin without any obstruction.
The infusion water generally has several drops of essential oils added to it, so as to create a scented effect with the burst of steam. Whereas sauna cabins once used to smell of mountain pines, nowadays the scents range from eucalyptus and mint through to fruity notes and combinations of different scents. As well as an invigorating, refreshing or relaxing effect, the significance of the additives to the infusion water chiefly lies in their pleasant smell.
We will keep you informed about our daily infusions on a board directly inside the sauna centre.