Blissworks Infrared Sauna: Heal & Glow

by Blissworks in Castle Cary, England, United Kingdom

Blissworks Infrared Sauna: Heal & Glow

£3,461

raised in 73 days

35

supporters

A calm wellbeing space with private infrared sauna to boost mood, immunity & collagen + support weight loss, athletic recovery + pain relief

by Blissworks in Castle Cary, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Potentially secure a larger space able to fit 2 saunas, with more luxurious changing/ showering facilities. Marketing materials for spreading the word. Outdoor cold plunge tank for hot/cold therapy benefits.

More capital  = allow the business to be able to grow faster and expand to offer more sessions & longer opening hours.


B L I S S W O R K S : Heal + Glow

Support a small business that has been affected by the pandemic, whilst supporting your health, healing & wellbeing.

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@blissworks.co  

I started Blissworks in 2018 to create transformative & healing experiences for my clients - this business was born & is nurtured here in Somerset near Bruton & Castle Cary, tucked away in the English countryside. I work with Sound, Reiki & Meditation - ancient techniques applied in a modern & accessible way. 

My aim with Blissworks is always to create 'feel good' healing & self-care experiences.  

This addition of a private infrared sauna experience is no different - it combines the ancient practice of sauna bathing, with state-of-the-art modern wellness technology to optimise your skin, your mood & stimulate the body's own natural healing & detoxing processes. This creates a treatment where your body will naturally drift into 'rest & digest' mode (or your parasympathetic nervous system) and can be combined with a guided meditation using the sauna's built-in speakers.

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PERSONAL STORY 

On a personal note, as a single parent, I took a leap of faith in becoming self-employed & setting up Blissworks - one of the more alternative career choices ! But I was passionate about bringing healing & wellness to people, as it had completely transformed my own life. When COVID hit it changed things in my business ...

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I want to be able to continue bringing my clients valuable healing & wellness experiences in the heart of the countryside. However, due to not qualifying for any coronavirus relief grants or loans, in order to be able to continue Blissworks, I am pivoting/enhancing my in-person business model, creating a more stable & predictable income for us, whilst I also build the online side. 

The 3-person private, state-of-the-art Sauna cabin with medical-grade chromotherapy has been ordered ! But I'm doing this pre-order/crowdfunder, to raise this amount for securing the final payment of the sauna order & setting the space up for clients to enjoy their sessions. I need to bring these funds together upfront in the form of 'pre-orders' ! - which is why I'm running this crowdfunder.  

NEW LEVELS OF WELLNESS: 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created an uncertain landscape for millions across the globe, including British small businesses. Women have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic measures due to childcare & homeschooling requirements, alongside trying to keep afloat financially. This has seemed like an impossible ask for many, including myself. 

People are more worried than ever about the impact of stress & worry on their mental and physical health, as well as being concerned about their immunity & resilience against the virus. We are looking for new and innovative ways to look after their wellbeing & health that perhaps do not involve communal facilities. As wonderful as it is to come together as a community, some private & calm space to yourself is so essential as well. 

So with this project I aim to bring a new aspect of my Blissworks business to our local area. Read on to find out more...

Heat & cold therapy have been used for thousands of years for healing - and with this in mind, I want to incorporate these in continuing to offer ancient technologies & practices to the modern world for the benefit of my community. 

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H E A T   H E A L S 

Infrared sauna use can aid in:  

  • Improving skin problems 
  • Reducing Stress & Fatigue
  • Relieving muscle pain & chronic pain
  • Heart health
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Easing joint pain & stiffness
  • Creating elevated mood through boosted endorphins (runners high without the running!) 
  • Removing toxins
  • Supporting a faster recovery after your workout or sporting activity. 
  • Increasing metabolism - burning calories & Weight-loss depending on your metabolic make-up & body type. Get the benefits of a workout without the work ! 

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Infrared saunas are hugely popular in LA , NYC, Australia and now London - but with this project I can bring this amazing wellness tech to the Somerset countryside in a tucked away location near the ever popular Bruton & Castle Cary.

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"Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas."

Unlike traditional saunas, Infrared Saunas are not stifling or difficult to breath in, but instead they create a comforting feeling more akin to very warm sunlight - as it envelopes you, this deep, penetrating, natural heat stimulates your system & invigorates your body - giving a glowy, gradual but effective sweat where your body is heating from the core rather than just sitting in a hot room. 

Therefore using the built-in sound system, you sit for 20 - 35 minutes listening to a podcast, audiobook or guided meditation or reading a magazine - you can even add a face mask or hair mask for extra effective self-care benefits & make the best use of your time.

These saunas are low/no EMF so there are no harmful effects whatsoever - infrared is totally safe as there are none of the harmful rays of sunlight produced, just natural healing heat. In fact, this heat is so safe that is it used in hospitals to keep newborns warm.

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This radiant heat can penetrate deep below the skin producing a gentle warming inside the body. This warming effect on your body stimulates your cardiovascular system, your immune system and your lymphatic system. Your body’s response to that is to sweat. In these full spectrum infrared saunas, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the often draining & extremely hot stifling air of a traditional sauna.

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C H R O M O T H E R A P Y   +   I N F R A R E D   S A U N A 

Chromotherapy uses wavelengths of colour light to positively alter the biochemistry of the body to promote deep healing. Medical-Grade Chromotherapy (which can be included in the sessions) used in conjunction with infrared sauna treatments becomes even more effective as the infrared spectrum of light, through its power to penetrate deeply into the soft tissues of the body, encourages the body to absorb the full spectrum of colour emitted through chromotherapy instruments. 

In 1965 NASA discovered that astronauts returning to earth after time in space without exposure to gravity experienced muscle and bone atrophy. To increase cellular production in the muscles and bones of the astronauts, it was discovered that the broad spectrum of colour light, in conjunction with exposure to near-infrared light (used to activate the skin’s response to the coloured light spectrum), was successful in stimulating cellular regeneration in the bones, muscles, and skin (1).

NASA created the first light therapy instruments, and since the discovery of the powerful effect that intense exposure to colour light has on the body, chromotherapy has evolved as a treatment for a vast array of conditions. The impact of medical-grade light exposure to the greater populace was quickly uncovered in the treatment of cancer patients, burn victims, and individuals suffering from bone fractures.

In NASA’s technical report by Harry T. Whelan from the Medical Coalition of Wisconsin, describes the benefits of light therapy:

“NASA LEDs stimulate the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (energy compartments) of each cell, particularly when near-infrared light is used to activate the colour sensitive chemicals (chromophores, cytochrome systems) inside.”

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The 3-person infrared sauna will be delivered in September (current delivery date based on Clearlight's production schedule). If any extra is raised - my plan in future is to create an outdoor cold plunge tank for cold therapy alongside the sauna which is super invigorating and feels amazing ! 

If an infrared sauna and/or chromotherapy is something you think you'd like to try or use regularly - please pledge what you can and it will be honoured as a pre-payment for your sessions/membership. 

If you or your friends only visit Somerset occasionally, you can pledge for a drop-in session, or if you're simply wanting to support an female-run small business but don't plan on being able to visit, then I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart as well.

As ever your payments will only be taken if the entire project is funded.

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Thank you for taking the time to read about my project ! Please reach out to me on instagram @being___ella via direct message if you have any questions ! 

Love,

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