A sauna is a
small room designed to be heated to very high
with well-controlled humidity. Saunas are used both for
recreational and therapeutic purposes, with most people
utilizing them as a relaxation tool that provides additional
health benefits. The majority of saunas are built of wood, often
aromatic, that release pleasing aromas as they heat.
Hot and Cold
thought by many to be best used alternating hot and cold. To
this end, spending enough time in the sauna to become hot, and
then leaving the sauna to cool back down, before repeating, is
an ideal way to use the sauna to its full potential. Many people
enjoy leaving the sauna to leap into a body of very cold water.
This shock is thought by some to be good for the immune system,
though others hold it can be detrimental to one's health. Those
with high blood pressure should be especially careful of this
immediate transition from hot to cold, as it spikes blood
pressure for brief periods.
Alcohol should never be used in tandem with a sauna (or indeed,
with any high heat environment), but should be particularly
avoided if one has a low blood pressure. Spending time in
intense heat causes surface capillaries to dilate, lowering
blood pressure even further. When mixed with alcohol this can
cause lightheadedness or fainting--an unhappy event in a sauna!
appropriately saunas can provide an incredible way to relax,
temporarily lower blood pressure, socialize, and strengthen the
immune system. Finnish saunas have become very popular in the
west, and most gyms, health spas, and even public pools now have
saunas available for their patrons. A lucky few even have
personal saunas in their homes or backyards.