The Inipi story. The notion that perspiration is a healthy means of cleansing developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. From there it made its way to Europe and the New World, where Native Americans developed Inipi, a “sweat lodge” meant for ceremonial cleansing and physical well-being. The lodge, which would be covered with hides and blankets, represented the universe, while the fire source, assembled six steps away, symbolized the sun. A “keeper of the fire” carried warm stones sprinkled with herbs into the lodge to heat up the interior to the desired perspiration-inducing temperature. Before Inipi users entered the lodge, they divested themselves not only of their clothing but also of their sacrificial offerings. The four ritual “sweating sessions” were dedicated to gratitude, asking, giving and recognition.
A remote control unit that looks and feels like a stone – an ode to the traditional Inipi – is available and the sauna’s functions can also be controlled using a display fitted behind a flap on the outside of the unit. LEDs on the back of the cabin produce colored light with programmable sequences and intervals to enhance the user’s feeling of relaxation. Concealed speakers with AUX outlet and radio can also be programmed by remote control. The Asia, Desert, Indian, Jungle and Mediterranea scenarios include pre-programmed temperature, humidity, music and colored lights to set the appropriate mood.