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The saunas were built with quality materials to help create a gentle, non aggressive heat.
Around the world in seven saunas TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: THERMENR
Taking a hot bath is a tradition enjoyed by many cultures. ThermenR in Roeselare offers a full day of indulgence in their saunas from around the world. Opened only six years ago, the huge 9,000-square-metre complex is already among Belgium’s most beautiful and top-rated wellness centres.
scrub session,” Viaene adds. Apart from the modern facilities, ThermenR is known for its aufguss sessions, held in various saunas throughout the day (see box below). Constantly looking to improve the complex, Viaene recently added four new
ThermenR is the brainchild of Rik Viaene, whose passion for saunas started 25 years ago. After a career switch in 2011, he now owns and runs the public sauna together with his family. “Most of our visitors stay from morning to evening,” he says. “We have a very young and international crowd.”
Himalaya salt-crystal sauna: Perfect to start your visit, this basement sauna has a pleasant, mineral-enriched warmth of 62 degrees. The heated Himalayan wall crystals fill the air with salt ions that continuously cleanse lung blisters.
The wellness resort offers a complete day out for up to 350 visitors. Aside from the saunas (see below), the complex has a large heated outdoor and indoor pool, a cold-water swimming pond, two sunbathing areas, and a restaurant and café. “And for something extra you can book various beauty treatments, massages or a hamam
The saunas of ThermenR
Turkish steam bath: This steam bath with heated stone walls and benches has a gentle warmth of 45 degrees. The steam soaks into your pores and helps to rejuvenate the skin. Meditation sauna: In this 65-degree sauna, up to 20 people can enjoy a meditation session while getting sprinkled with water and gently slapped with the vihta (a bundle of birch branches) to improve circulation.
massage rooms and a rest area. “And we now offer larger, more spacious changing rooms upstairs.” Web: www.thermen-r.be
Infrared sauna: With penetrating heat, infrared light helps against joint pains and muscle aches. Finnish sauna: This wet sauna warms up to 85 degrees and is ideal for visitors who like intensive heat. Japanese sauna: Offering a moment of Zen, this sauna is constructed with all the senses in mind, combining nature visuals, the sound of running water and a relaxing scent. Kelso sauna: With space for 85 people, this is the biggest and most popular sauna. There are up to seven aufguss sessions a day held by sauna masters, who each create an individual spectacle of music and lights as they pour water and essential oils over the sauna stones.
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