Sauna Health Benefits
There are many benefits of regular sauna visits. But, in order to take full advantage of the sauna experience remember that there is no “one size fits all” approach, so you have to listen to your body and decide for yourself when you had enough. Please do ask your doctor or GP for advice based on your personal condition.
In general terms, you want to stay in the sauna long enough that your body starts to really sweat, but not long enough that you begin to feel light headed or uncomfortable.
A sauna visit can take between 10-15 minutes and it is best enjoyed in rounds. You don’t want to just go in the sauna once. You will not get as much benefit from a single sauna session as you will from multiple rounds.
A round in the sauna includes the warm-up phase and the cool-down phase, whereby the cool-down phase (possibly with a quiet break) should take just as long as the warm-up phase. In the cool-down phase you should spend approximately 2 minutes in the fresh air to fill up with oxygen and to cool the respiratory tract before you take a cold water shower. Usually, one round in the sauna (1st) is followed + (2.) by up to 2 more rounds in the sauna with the same order of events.
Some health benefits of regular sauna visits:
Stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease is at least partially stress-related. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside.
Sweating Toxins Out
Our bodies contain traces of hundreds of chemicals such as pesticides, drugs, solvents and dioxins. One way of getting rid of them is sweating. Sweating mobilizes toxins stored in the fat and enhances their elimination.
Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality. Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies.
A deeper and more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use.
Sauna is good for your heart. Sitting in a sauna has effects akin to mild exercise. The heart gets a gentle workout while the heat of the sauna dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow.
Exposing the body to the heat of a sauna, it produces white blood cells more rapidly, which in turn helps to fight illnesses and helps to kill viruses.
A regular sauna visit can relieve the symptoms of sinus congestion from colds or allergies - especially when used with steam.