Resting on a hilltop overlooking the magnificent Lough Lane lake, Aghadoe is a special and spiritual place. The Aghadoe Heights Spa as been designed to harness the power and draws inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding nature.
Using natural slate, cascading water, and a palette of colors inspired by the wild Irish flowers and grasses, The Spa at Aghadoe had created a place of calmness from your everyday life, a space to restore yourself.
Renew your senses in Ireland’s finest Thermal Suite. Experience intense relaxation in the heated cabins, stretch out on the heated mosaic loungers designed to penetrate the muscles of your shoulders, back and legs.
The dry warm air of the Laconium is an ideal introduction to the Thermal Suite while the gentle flow of steam in the Hammam.
The cabin features the tradition dry air of the Rock Sauna while the delicate steam of Aroma Grotto is beneficial for hair and skin.
Tepidarium loungers - Heated Loungers
How are they different ?
The primary difference is that the dry sauna has Nordic origins, and the Hammam has Mediterranean origins. Hammam and steam saunas are mainly made of different materials.
Hamman is often made in marble or decorated with ceramic tiles, unlike dry saunas that are made from natural wood. In the Hammam, all structural elements are warmed up uniformly: walls, floor, seats and sunbeds.
The main difference is the level of humidity and heat.
The sauna reaches low humidity levels (about 10-20%) with a temperate of 90-120 degrees, compared to Hammam which reaches high humidity levels (80-90%) and a temperature of 35-40 degrees.
This difference also effects usage times, in the sauna, which is very high temperatures a maximum stay of 15-20 minutes is recommended, in the hamman, the temperate is much lower and the sessions can be extended even up to an hour.
Hamman, sauna, altogether - what to use and how to go about it?
Has no contraindications A mandatory attribute of a healthy lifestyle is a sauna. In the world of connoisseurs of bathing traditions, hammams are separated into a special category because of their diversity.
Hammam is the so-called steam bath, which involves maintaining a certain temperature regime due to the hot steam coming from the special holes in the walls. The uniqueness of the hammam is that the temperature in it does not exceed 55 ° C, and the humidity is about 100%. These options make it accessible to a wide range of bath enthusiasts.
Sauna and hammam – benefits
Hammam and sauna have many physical and mental benefits.
Both sessions are useful for relaxing and losing weight. Heat and steam are indicated to clear the mind after a busy day at work, it also has beneficial effects on anxiety, stress, and sleep quality.
At the physical level, the heat bath helps the slimming process: a session can help you lose up to 300 calories (the equivalent of an hour of brisk walking ). Furthermore, a sauna and hammam help purify the body. The heat opens the pores and eliminates all the toxins, free radicals, and heavy metals present.
The sessions are also excellent for post-workout muscle recovery. Heat relieves muscle micro-lesions because it dilates blood vessels.
The sauna and hammam are both traditional heat treatments that have been prized by their respective cultures for centuries. They have also become popular worldwide, with the sauna popping up in every hotel and gym and becoming shorthand for any kind of heat/steam room.
Everyone can visit the hammam quite often. Healthy-looking skin, excellent body tone, and enhanced immunity are not the only benefits of this pairing.
Hammam can help you:
- get rid of physical fatigue and stress (ideally after strenuous workouts and heavy physical activity like hiking and golfing
- get rid of insomnia for a long time without medication
- to normalise blood circulation and achieve long-lasting youth in the body
- stop the cold in time
- lose weight, and improve skin condition and metabolism.
It is not for nothing that a trip to the sauna (hammam) is considered the traditional end of a fitness day, or a prerequisite for a busy and productive work week. From the East came the tradition of accompanying the holiday with a tea ceremony. By the way, hovering in a hammam for children, so you can rest with the whole family.
The benefits of sauna
A traditional sauna provides hot, dry air usually in a temperature range of 70 to 100 degrees Celsius. Here are some of the health benefits of a sauna:
Relaxes muscles/eases Pain. The heat of a sauna helps the muscles relax and eases away tensions. Increased blood flow speeds up the body’s healing powers. It also helps the body release endorphins which have a mild tranquilising effect, helping reduce pain. The heat produced by a Sauna widens our blood vessels and capillaries allowing our blood to reach all parts of our body. These red blood cells are essentially the building blocks of our body. They will help to repair your body and promote your strength and wellbeing.
Lowers Blood Pressure
The high temperatures in a sauna cause your blood vessels to dilate, which lowers blood pressure, and the volume of blood your heart pumps will also rise, improving the efficiency of your heart.
The hot, dry air of a sauna opens up our airway passages allowing us to breathe deeper and better. It soothes our lungs and provides relief to bronchitis and asthma sufferers.
Flushes toxins. The sweating that you experience from a sauna is not your light sweat from exercise, it’s a deep sweat that helps release impurities from the body including levels of toxins such as lead, copper, and mercury.
Boosts the immune system. Several studies have shown that regular sauna use reduces the incidence of colds and influenza. It also helps clear the respiratory tract and sinuses.
Brain and Mood Boosters
Regular sauna use significantly increases the levels of prolactin, norepinephrine, and dynorphin within our brain. These neuro-chemicals all promote the feeling of joy within us and help us remain focused and sharp.
Great Skin & Hair
Spend time in a sauna and your skin pores will open releasing built-up dead cells that can cause acne. The increased blood flow will bring nutrients to your skin and boost cell growth. You'll be glowing in no time. Skin and hair absorb moisture in the air. Watch as your hair and skin start to glow with health.
Steam rooms create an environment that warms the mucous membrane and encourages deep breathing, clearing congestion in your sinuses and lungs.
The laconicum, the dry sweating room of the Roman thermal baths, is the perfect alternative if you can't use a traditional sauna. It is ideal to prevent diseases and strengthen the immune system. The temperature is between 35° C and 55° C, causing intense perspiration, thus purifying and detoxifying your body.
Before going into the laconicum you can sit in the tepidarium seats, with heated benches (39° C) that raise your body temperature, preparing it for a sauna session. Before entering the laconicum room and sitting on its benches, it is advisable to wet them with a special faucet.
Each session, lasting 30 to 40 minutes, will give you a pleasant feeling, and afterward, a cold shower or a rest in the relaxation area will immediately invigorate you.
Laconium is a heated cabin that features heated walls. The body-friendly surface of the ergonomically shaped heated seat aids to comfort and relaxation and the radiant heat of the wall and the seats heats the body very gently.
Sophisticated wall and bench heating systems imbue the cabin with dry heat at around 40-55°C, just like the ancient Roman saunas, called Laconicum. This temperature allows clients to relax and gradually prepare their bodies for treatments with higher temperatures.
So, which to go for?
- Well, if you want to clean your skin and feel invigorated then a hammam is the way to go.
- If you want to sweat out the toxins and enjoy a relaxing experience then the sauna is probably best.
- Our advice is to start whit relaxing in the tepidarium lounger for 10 minutes, then go to the laconium for 15 minutes, and then to the hammam for 15 to 20 min or Rock Sauna for 10 to 15 min, and then at the end for our showers Tropical Rain Shower, Mist Shower, and Dulgue shower.
And, for all the lovers of the thermal suite if 1 hour is not enough then go for 2 or 3 hours booking and repeat the cycle 3 times