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At Swissbau 2012 in Basel (January 17-21, 2012), kitchen and bathroom fittings manufacturer Dornbracht presented an expansion of the groundbreaking shower technology Ambiance Tuning Technique with the addition of a new application: the Horizontal Shower.

With the Horizontal Shower, for the first time, showering with the Ambiance Tuning Technique can be enjoyed lying down.

With this new technology, Dornbracht is expanding the vertical showering experience. The addition of a horizontal counterpart fulfils the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience.

With this application, Dornbracht is once again setting a trend in the shower area. "With Horizontal Shower, we are transporting the showering experience into a new dimension," notes CEO Andreas Dornbracht.” The result is total relaxation, the kind only experienced by someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melts away, everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized."

The Horizontal Shower included six WaterBars that are recessed in a wide-area shower field located above a recliner.

Just like the other applications in the Ambiance Tuning Technique various flow types can be combined, using preprogrammed choreographies of water temperature and quantity, to create the balanced, invigorating or relaxing shower experience the user seeks.

The shower is controlled using the central eTool controls integrated in the head area of the recliner, making it convenient to operate while lying down. The user can enjoy the Horizontal Shower lying on his or her stomach or back and the recliner surface itself is heatable.

The Horizontal Shower can be used both in private and public spas.
As applications, the Horizontal and Vertical Showers are the architectural expression of a new, self-aware approach to life, an approach that seeks opportunities for a return to a decelerated and hence healthier everyday life. The aim is to use a variety of avenues to harmonize body, mind and soul with one another once again, creating a more relaxed approach to the hectic pace of life.

The Horizontal Shower combines modular components of the Ambiance Tuning Technique with WaterBar water outlets. With this combination, different types of water presentation can be staged in three scenarios.

Scenario 1: Balancing The water massage progresses around the body with alternating rain showers (33-38 °C) and variable water flow.

Beginning at the shoulders and the soles of the feet and converging at the body's midsection, a stroking massage is experienced, lying on one’s stomach. The result is a gentle caressing of the body by the water, with a wonderfully equilibrating effect.

Scenario 2: Energizing In the same reclining position (on the stomach), this scenario is extremely invigorating with a cascade-style water delivery. The water is sprayed in varying and opposing directions across the entire back, from the shoulders to the soles of the feet.

Fine water jets are followed by an intensely beating rain sensation, which is then followed again by fine water jets.

The sequence is enhanced by several changes in the water temperature (33-38 °C). Scenario 3: De-Stressing This scenario is enjoyed lying on one's back. The sprinkling of water is unchanging, progressing from the shoulders to the feet. Changing water temperatures and volumes create a noticeably wave-like, sweeping water flow for gentle relaxation. About the Ambiance Tuning Technique With the Ambiance Tuning Technique, Dornbracht has created a new form of shower experience. For the first time, various flow types can be combined with preprogrammed choreographies of water temperature and quantity to enrich individual bathing rituals.

The three scenarios, Balancing, Energizing and De-Stressing, stimulate the three human dimensions: body, mind and soul. Each of the scenarios works so individually with the power and soul of water via the JustRain, WaterSheet and WaterBar outlets, that every user can influence their own mood.

The outlets can be combined in a variety of ways within the system’s architecture and thus allow for the individual planning and configuration of shower applications. The Ambiance Tuning Technique was developed by Dornbracht as part of the "Transforming Water" concept and was first presented at SHK Essen 2010
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