The Lavender Rooms


Lavender Rooms is a private clinic located within a quiet residential area of North Grays, Essex - close to Lakeside Shopping Centre.

1What is the difference between a far infrared sauna and a traditional sauna?
There are several benefits that can be achieved from an Infrared Sauna:

  • Infrared Wood type - Finest Grade Non-allergenic / Non-toxic Canadian Hemlock or hand selected finest grade A Canadian red cedar.
  • Traditional Wood Type - Pine, Hemlock, Aspen, Alder and Abachi, (cool to the touch in hot environments).
  • Infrared Heat Source - 100% Pure Far Infrared ceramic heaters.
  • Traditional Heat Source - Electric stove or wood-burning element.
  • Infrared Heat Transmission - Long wave ‘safe’ FIR wave. Temperature between 18 –65 °C. Pre-heat time takes 5 minutes.
  • Traditional Heat Transmission - Hot air, harder to breathe, but some people prefer this intense heat environment. Temperature 38 °C +. Pre-heat time takes 30 minutes +.
  • Infrared Sweat Analysis - 80% water & 20% toxins.
  • Traditional Sweat Analysis - 97% water & 3% toxins.
  • Infrared Comfort Level & Safety - Very high, heat safe and can be controlled to a single degree, timer function and Auto shut off also included. Used by physicians.
  • Traditional Comfort Level & Safety - Hot coals, unsuitable for children, the elderly and injured, possible fire hazard. Not used by physicians.
  • Infrared User Suitability - Most people can use – Great benefits for the young, injured and elderly.
  • Traditional User Suitability - Only for certain individuals.
2Why do you sweat up to three times more in an infrared sauna when it is less than half the temperature of a traditional sauna or steam room?
Infrared is a radiant source of heat. This means it warms our body directly, rather than having to warm the air first - similar to the sun warming our body on a colds winter's day. This is a major difference between an Infrared sauna and a traditional sauna. Infrared only expends 20% of its energy on heating the air - 80% directly warms the body to a depth of 4.5cms. This deep penetration of warming radiant heat produces up to three times more perspiration and therefore stimulates the deeper tissues and muscles to release stored fat and toxins leaving the user feeling refreshed, cleansed and energised.
3What are the main health benefits?
  • Helps purify fat cells and controls weight
  • Effective way to burn calories (up to 600 calories in one sessions)
  • Detoxifies heavy metals, hydrocarbon residues, alcohol, nicotine, sodium and cholesterol
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system with deep Far Infrared penetration
  • Effective for treating sprains, muscle spasms and joint stiffness
  • Relives aches and pains
  • Can help relieve the discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Improves and clears cellulite
  • Improves skin tone and complexion
  • Helps scars and burns, acne, psoriasis and eczema
  • Sharpens senses and relives stress and fatigue
  • Stimulates endorphin's of the brain and 'feel good' hormones
  • Improves your immune system and kills organisms like bacteria and parasites
  • Increases overall health and resistance to disease
We recommend a treatment of 30 to 45 minutes for maximum benefits and afterwards, please enjoy a shower to complete your treatment. For best results we recommend regular treatments; your therapist will be able to advise you on your personal needs.
4Is the Far Infrared Sauna good for weight loss and burning calories?
There is the obvious weight loss that is associated with burning calories. Most importantly, however, is the weight loss that occurs in those users with chemical toxicities. These are the people who have tried many diets with little or no results. Toxic chemicals are stored in the fat cells and the body will not let go of the fat unless the toxins are removed from the cells. The body very cleverly binds up these toxins in the fat to preserve other organs. Once the toxins are removed, the weight gain associated with high acidity/mal-absorption is also solved. As you relax in the gentle heat of the infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work, producing sweat, pumping blood – and burning calories. In a single sauna session you may burn as many as 600 calories, similar to exercising for 30 minutes.
5Why does an Infrared Sauna removes up to six times more stored fat and toxins from your body?
This is due to the radiant heat stimulating the deep tissues and organs to release stored fat and accumulated toxins. An Infrared Sauna range gives the body an opportunity to release toxins through the skin, which is often referred to as the third kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body’s waste.
6How do I burn calories and get a cardiovascular workout by sitting in an infrared sauna?
When our body heats up, the heart pumps blood faster around the body and to the extremities of the body. Muscles worked during exercise produce heat, and the body needs to compensate. The best defence the body has to overheating is sweating because sweat evaporates from the skin taking the heat with it. Our body expends energy to produce sweat - 1g of sweat requires 0.586 calories. A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in a single sauna session - the equivalent in sweat to run 10 -15kms. So, by sitting in a SaunaMed sauna your body will start to sweat, raise the heart rate and dilate the capillaries and other parts of the cardiovascular system, offering many of the cardiovascular benefits of physical exercise. NASA has also concluded after lengthy trails in the 1980's that infrared therapy is the best way for astronauts to maintain cardiovascular fitness on long cramped space flights.
7Is the Sauna really effective for pain relief?
Relief from arthritic joints and lower back pain is a common benefit for many people. Research has also shown infrared therapy to effectively manage all manner of muscular and skeletal aches and pains, and even improve posture. One of the main reasons for this is its ability to dilate the capillaries in areas associated with pains, allowing oxygen-rich blood to bathe the area and flush away metabolic waste that builds up and contributes to the pain, soreness and stiffness, this also brings relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so that they recover faster. Many people who have had trouble sleeping from pain and stress have found deep restful sleep through regular use. Due to the deep penetrating heat from infrared, health professionals and Sports Medicine have used infrared lamps for many years to treat muscle and joint problems.
8How does regular use of the Sauna reduce cellulite?
European beauty specialists regularly incorporate sessions in programmes to reduce cellulite. Because the radiant infrared heat penetrates three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at breaking down hard to move cellulite and promoting a more youthful, beautiful complexion.
9How will using the Sauna benefit my skin?
Infrared Heat penetrates deeply into the layers of skin. Perspiration removes the deep impurities, toxins and dead skin cells. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. Together with Infrared heat's cleansing effect, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skins texture, complexion, tone and elasticity. Studies concluded that Infrared Heat has been beneficial in the healing of acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring. The skin is often referred to as the third kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body’s waste.
10How does a sauna reduce stress and fatigue?
High levels of stress put continuous strain in the autonomic nervous system and are one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases. Heat therapy relaxes the muscles and relieves muscular aches and pains. By facilitating the expansion of capillary vessels, thereby improving circulation, physical stress levels are reduced. The infrared rays also clear away build up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide around the muscles, by removing the toxins muscle and joint stiffness disappears. Besides these physiological effects, a sauna session also contributes to stress reduction by stimulating the endorphins of the brain, and simply by providing a peaceful and relaxing environment away from it all.
11How can your sauna benefit me with my exercise routine, and my before and after workouts?
Our saunas are definitely an investment in your fitness regime. Lactic acid, a by-product of muscle metabolism that causes soreness and stiffness after exercise, is significantly reduced after infrared sauna therapy. Use of our sauna before exercise can also benefit, as it helps increase blood circulation and acts as a warm up before activity.
12My doctor says a Far Infrared sauna is very effective for detoxifying mercury without adding to my total toxicity. Is this true?
Absolutely. This has been proven true in test after test.