What is a Sauna?
Saunas provide dry heat in a wood-paneled room with an electric stove, whereby the stove heats rocks, which radiate heat throughout the room. You can have a small amount of steam if water is poured over the hot rocks, however, a sauna overall provides dry heat. The temperature in a sauna typically ranges from 70-90 degrees Celcius with a low level of humidity (ranging from 5-30%).
Benefits of a Sauna
The physiology of perspiration includes how sweating helps rid the body of wastes, regulates body temperature, and invigorates our largest organ, the skin. The metabolic effects of a sauna, the positive influence of negative ions released by, and the more subtle spiritual and social benefits of the sauna experience all contribute to a heightened sense of well-being. Medical studies show that frequent sauna bathing, which is extended and controlled exposure to warm, moist/dry air, aids tension relief through muscle relaxation. The elimination of impurities through opened pores keeps your circulatory system running smoothly.
This natural process called “hypothermia”, takes place when the body is exposed to heat. The blood supply to the skin is increased and heat is lost from the warm blood by radiation, conduction and convection. The body then resorts to evaporation to increase its heat loss and sweating takes place. Blood is flushed to the capillaries causing a lowering of blood pressure thereby increasing the heart rate or stroke volume. When the body sweats it cleanses from within, by releasing unwanted wastes and toxins. Sweat primarily consists of 99% water; it also contains salts, antibodies, Vitamin C, metabolic waste of Urea, Uric acid, ammonia, and lactic acid. The combined affects of heat, sweating and water can reduce the feeling of stress in most people; the relaxing effects can promote hormonal change to take place within the body resulting in the suppression of the stress hormone, it can also reduce muscle spasm, relieve inflammation and balance blood pressure by the narrowing and dilation of blood vessels.
Other Sauna Benefits:
- Relieves stress
- Relaxes muscles
- Flushes toxins
- Cleanses skin
- Promotes better sleep
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Help fight illness
How to enjoy your Sauna
- Please ensure that you notify your therapist before you enter the sauna. Your therapist will time the length of your stay.
- Before entering the sauna, enjoy a light wash under a warm shower.
- Enter the sauna and sit or lie down in the moist/dry heat for 5-10 minutes; if the sauna feels too hot, take a lower seat.
- After the session, enjoy a shower, preferably cold water.
- Relax on a lounger until your body temperature and pulse rate has returned to normal (approximately 15-20 minutes).
- Repeat the cycle if you like.
- Follow the guidance of your feeling of pleasure and avoid excess.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS, DO NOT USE THE SAUNA WITHOUT THE EXPRESS
CONSENT OF YOUR DOCTOR.