More About Saunas

 
           
   

A sauna is a small room designed to be heated to very high temperatures, 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

Saunas are 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.

 

 

No Alcohol

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!

Benefits

When used 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.

 
 
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