It can be a sensational experience when you head to a spa and feeling revitalized after using a sauna!
Saunas are used as part of a healthy lifestyle and can help you to relax and may contribute to a better lifestyle.
There are many benefits after visiting a sauna and although saunas are considered safe to use, using them on a regular basis may not be such a good idea for some people and should be cautious of overusing them.
Saunas are a great way to unwind and relax, going to your local spa is exciting to get some extra pampering along with other services that they have to offer, lets roundup the purpose of saunas and what it has to offer:)
What are Saunas?
There are different types of saunas and it is basically a room that produces warm heat generally between 60oC to around 100oC.
You are literally sitting down and allowing warm heat to pass through you and this allows your skin temperature to increase and a lot of sweating can occur!
This may not be suitable for everyone and that’s OK but if you feel generally revitalized during the process and like the experience then chances are it is providing you with exceptional benefits.
However, some people do not like the ‘hot’ sensations and it may result in feeling sick, gaining a headache or dehydration.
The differences between saunas are the different ways in the production of the heat as there are dry heat saunas or those that are high in steam/moisture heat.
The different types include Wood Burning in which wood is used for the heat, steam rooms are different from saunas in that they do not use dry heat but instead high moisture heat that are used for various health reasons.
Other types of saunas involve electrically heated which involves an electrical heater normally attached to the floor or wall which heats up the room.
Infrared saunas directly heats up the persons body using special lamps instead of heating up the room – that’s a lot of heat! In fact, infrared saunas are the hottest therapy around!!
It is advisable that for a starter using any kind of saunas should do so at a short time for about 4-5 minutes and that by visiting a sauna regularly, should be done up to 15 minutes,
however some people like to stay longer in the sauna room in which caution is needed and guidance, your local spa advisors should be able to advise.
How do they Work?
It is important that you gain the knowledge to be able to use saunas carefully and gain all the benefits that can be entailed from them.
People with certain health conditions such as asthma or skin conditions should avoid using saunas as this may aggravate the health conditions more.
Many gyms or health clubs may have saunas within the faculty and it is important to wear the correct clothing when using a sauna such as a towel.
Turn the heat to a suitable temperature for your body and reduce the temperature when necessary. Ensure that you feel well before entering the sauna and that you just haven’t just ate a heavy meal as this may allow you to feel dizzy or uncomfortable.
- Ensure to open and close the door to the sauna quickly as to avoid letting steam escape from the sauna.
- Choose a comfortable place and ensure that you are comfortable by lying down or sitting appropriately and avoid being too close to anyone.
- Ensure that you are fully hydrated with a full of glass of water before you step into the sauna.
It is important to learn how to adjust the temperature within the sauna room and ensure that you are taught about this from the staff and you should also be able to adjust the seat level to your liking.
Although some people may be fully relaxed during this time but be sure not to fall asleep inside a sauna!
Simply unwind and breathe easy in the sauna room and never stay in the sauna room for too long, once you are ready to exit the sauna, simply wash yourself and feel cooler before exiting to avoid any irritation.
Benefits of Saunas
It has been reported that the use of saunas improves overall health and can even detoxify the body through sweating of the body.
A dermatologist states that “The thing about saunas is that you’re getting pore dilation, you’re opening up your pores.” Dr Erin Gilbert. ‘Through sweating, your are removing impurities through the skin and delivering nutrients to the skin due to an increase in circulation. Your skin is getting a mini-workout with a higher blood flow and leaving a nice glow on your skin.’
By the circulation increasing, it allows healthy blood and oxygen flow within the body which is helpful to all the organs, therefore this can ease joint pain, muscle pain and generally easing pain.
It Can aid in a variety of health conditions naturally such as depression, stress or cardiovascular disease but should always approach a professional health worker for more information.
As with anything, overusing the use of saunas or if you have certain symptoms, then there are instances where saunas should be avoided or used a lot less, perhaps even once a year to keep you safe.
If you have heart conditions or blood pressure problems then it is imperative to speak to your doctor first.
Saunas are not ideal for people that have sensitive skin or skin allergies and may have to avoid stopping further irritation.
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Alternative self-care practices
If you are unable to attend a sauna room or unable to get an appointment due to extremely busy times then do not hesitate as there are many other ways that you can de-stress and detox at the comfort of your own home with absolute peace:-
Portable steam sauna – Can be bought through Amazon or many self-care retailers which allows you to assemble in minimal space. Simply switch it on and sit inside and gain relaxing benefits with some portable saunas allows for aromatherapy oils to be added in for maximum ease.
Salt therapy – An ancient healing practice which removes impurities and toxins from the body. You can attend a salt room or salt cave and breathe in the tiny pharmaceutical-grade salt particles within the room that have been dispersed into the surroundings. It has numerous benefits including a balance in skin’s PH, improves circulation and complete relaxation.
Aromatherapy has been beneficial for people over the years and due to these benefits, people continue to engage in this practice.
Aromatherapy is unique in how it provides beneficial effects for both the body and the mind while causing minimal to no side effects. The advantages of this unique healing practice cannot be ignored, so give it a try for yourself to see!
There are many ways to practice aromatherapy, but the most common ways are by infusing essential oils into jewellery, applying it topically, or adding it to your diffuser.
“You must not rely on the information on our website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider“
“If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider“
“If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention“
Relieving stress or anxiety is a major benefit through the use of saunas and helps people to relax better. You may need to try those a few times to get the hang of them and really get a feel for it.
Saunas are completely different from steam rooms as steam rooms surround your body with moisture heat, whereas saunas are confined to a room with dry and high heat without the use of moisture heat or warm steam added to the room.
Have you used either and what was your experience like? Please share:)
Thank you for reading and if you do have any questions or comments, please leave below and I’ll be sure to help you out!