Health Benefits of Sauna
An old Finnish saying goes, "Jos ei viina, terva tai sauna auta, tauti on kuolemaksi." ("If booze, tar, or the sauna won't help, the illness is fatal.") Though a bit of an overstatement, and there is little empirical evidence supporting the statement that booze or tar ever cured much of anything, research does show that Saunas and Steam provide many health benefits to cleanse the body and relax the mind. Sauna and Steam have historically been known to help offer measurable health benefits. With the rise in skin temperature to around 104ºF, the body rises to around 100.4ºF internally. This increase causes the body to sweat and raises the heart rate to around 30% above normal resting rate. As the human body’s pulse rises, circulation quickens throughout the body sending oxygen-rich blood to nourish aching muscles and tired minds. These heightened levels of perspiration help to flush toxins from the body while simultaneously cleansing the skin’s pores.
Over time, and with continued use, Sauna and Steam have been known to help ease the pain of aching joints, muscles, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, sports injuries, improve complexion, and increase flexibility. In addition to physical benefits, Sauna and Steam are widely used around the world to help reduce stress hormones in the body and to encourage a state of mental relaxation.
Though Sauna and Steam have proven to be safe and effective means of relaxation and rejuvenation, it is important to bear in mind that certain precautions must be taken. Individuals with high blood pressure, heart disease, or pregnant women, should always consult their physician prior to use of Sauna or Steam. Additionally, any individual taking medication should consult their physician prior to use.
All Sauna and Steam users should abide by basic guidelines to get the most out of their relaxation experience:
- Limit your Sauna/Steam session to 15-20 minutes
- Follow all manufacturer warnings and instructions
- Avoid drinking alcohol or using medication which impair perspiration
- If you begin feeling faint or unwell, exit immediately
- Avoid taking a Sauna/Steam session if you have a fever or are otherwise feeling ill
- Remove any metal jewelry prior to your session, as it may become overly hot to the touch
- Keep yourself well hydrated prior to your Sauna or Steam session
And if you’re looking for something portable, Saunas are also available in simple, modular format for portable use wherever and whenever you need to relax – you don’t need to hire a contractor or even a handyman to relax in the soft warmth of a Sauna.