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Challenge your senses at -10°C. Take a deep breath to refresh the lungs, cold air cools the body from head to toe. The wintry surroundings delight the eye, while a subtle fragrance and matching acoustics create a relaxing mood. All this happens in just a few minutes in the fresh, snowy landscape. Invigorate the body by rubbing it with fresh snow. Go back to the warm area, relax and enjoy the effects.

The Snow Room

A snow room, also referred to as snow cabin, ice room or cold room, is a room of 5m² to 20m² with real snow. The room is cooled from -5°C to -10°C, fresh snow is made every night. Attractive interior designs support a relaxing atmosphere and make it a highlight for the spa area. The typical use of the snow room is the contrast therapy in combination with a hot sauna.

The new contrast therapy

Cold has been used over centuries to strengthen the immune system, promote blood circulation and reduce inflammations. Most European spas offer hydrotherapy: cold water in alternation with hot treatments. The use of cold is an essential part of the traditional Finnish sauna treatment. The new and revolutionary aspect of the snow room is the dry cold: At -10 ° C, the body cools down gradually over several minutes.

Cooling me softly

Dry air refreshes the lungs, the skin and cools down the whole body without any temperature shock. The intensity of the treatment depends on the duration and whether snow is applied on the skin or not. The application is different from cryotherapy, where the body is exposed to -110°C. The effects are similar, but the Snow Room is much more comfortable and there is no need for medical supervision.

[Translate to Englisch:] Schneesauna - Spa & Wellness

Hot and Cold Therapy

This is the recommended treatment in 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Sauna

    Seated or lying down, relax for approximately 12/15 minutes, depending on the individual tolerance. Body and mind can enjoy and absorb the soothing warmth.

  • Step 2: Snow Room

    Enter the SnowRoom with slippers or socks and wrapped with a towel. Seated or standing, refresh the lungs by breathing deeply and rubbing any painful areas with snow. The suggested length of stay is 3/5 minutes for women and 4/8 minutes for men. The time can vary depending on the body’s response and how often an individual uses the SnowRoom.

  • Step 3: Relaxation

    After the SnowRoom dedicate at least 15-20 minutes to relax and to give the body time to let the positive effects of the treatment work. The cycle can be repeated several times in succession. At the latest after three rounds in the SnowRoom, the body needs a little longer break so that it can recover from the effort. In any case, sufficient heating and fluid supply must be ensured.

Positive Effects of the Snow Room:

Alternating hot and cold brings many benefits for health and wellbeing, especially if done on a regular basis:

  • Strengthens the blood vessels
  • Stimulates the metabolism
  • Improves the circulation and the supply of oxygen to the tissues
  • Relieves pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Creates a feeling of deep relaxation
  • Has a soothing effect on the respiratory tract and relieves symptoms of allergies
  • Blood Vessel Training

    The blood vessels dilate in the sauna, and the rapid cooling afterwards causes the vessels to contract. Repeated hot and cold stimuli, especially in sequence, lead to an increase in the return flow rate of the blood to the veins and to an improved valve function and therefore to a better overall performance of the venous system.

  • Cardiovascular System

    The cardiovascular system is progressively stimulated by the cooling process in the snow room. After leaving the snow room, the heart rate actually falls below the level it was at before entering the sauna in most cases. The use of the snow room is roughly equivalent to the physical exertion experienced by a person weighing 75 kg walking at 8 km/h on a flat surface for about 20 minutes. A doctor should always be consulted in case of heart problems.

  • Muscles and metabolism

    The metabolism is stimulated by the alternation of heat and cold, and this supports the fat burning and detoxification processes. The changing states of hot and cold also stimulate the muscles. The muscles work harder because they have to produce heat. This is an additional stimulus for the metabolism.

  • Joints

    The snow room routine can provide relief for chronic muscle and joint pain. Snow is applied to the painful area and massaged in (unless the skin is broken). After a break the application is repeated twice. The cold temporarily reduces the sensation of pain, often spelling an end to aching joints. As a result, the body releases endorphins and serotonin. There is an improvement in mobility after just a few minutes. Regular use of the method (every two weeks) is recommended for long-term results.

  • Skin and oxygen supply

    An improved blood flow results in a better supply of oxygen to the tissue. This is associated with a general increase in performance of our cells, the smallest building blocks in the body. The improvement in the metabolism promotes detoxification and the strengthening of the tissue while at the same time increasing elasticity. The skin becomes firmer and smoother. Regular use is recommended for long-term benefits.

  • Immune System

    In addition to the general strengthening, there is also an improvement in the body’s defenses. This is due to the improved circulation and the increased oxygen supply. Harmful free radicals can be better neutralized and the first line of defense with macrophages (= scavenger cells; derived from the Greek makròs (large) and phagein (eat)) is spurred on to improved migration through the tissue. Every common cold is annoying, whether it is a blocked nose, coughing or aching limbs. That is why a healthy immune system is so important. A cold treatment like the snow room is among the most powerful factors in stimulating the immune system alongside sufficient sleep, a balanced diet and a healthy...

  • Mental Strength

    Alertness and responsiveness are other interesting parameters which normally decrease in relatively hot saunas, but cooling using dry cold or dry snow brings about a reduction in reaction times and therefore also leads to increased attentiveness and concentration. The dry cold has a balancing effect on our autonomic nervous system in particular, improving concentration and retentiveness. The stimulating effect is experienced immediately after treatment. Heat tends to lead to inertia, fatigue and exhaustion whereas even short periods of exposure to cold stimulate activity and have a calming influence on states of increased agitation. The use of cold is to be very highly recommended to combat...

  • Regenerating after Exercise

    The snow room is especially beneficial for athletes because it can enhance their motivation and performance but it is most notable for improving regenerative ability. The body will recover more quickly after exercise. This is due to the vascular training and the detoxifying effect on the muscles. The use of snow can also relieve inflammation, pain and swelling. In this case, snow is applied to the affected areas, starting with three short and vigorous applications to the muscle for approximately 5-10 minutes in the snow room (only on healthy skin) followed by a rubbing down with a towel.

Snow Room Design