Saunas are a worldwide sensation because of their relaxation and health benefits. There are various types of saunas available to the people who are in search of relaxation and aim to achieve a stress-free feeling. Some of them are traditional Finnish saunas, infrared saunas, and also steam rooms, each one of them offering a unique experience and potential health benefits.
Let’s take a look at some of these wonderful saunas and also at some of their benefits.
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Finnish traditional saunas:
When it comes to traditional Finnish saunas, there is an improvement in cardiovascular health. The regular use of a Finnish sauna has shown to increase the heart rate and improve circulation that is similar to the effects of moderate exercises. This is great for improving cardiovascular health.
Finnish saunas also help with detoxification. So when you are sweating in the high heat of such saunas, you are also flushing away unwanted toxins from your body through the skin. Isn’t that cool?
Now if stress is present, Finnish saunas will help you to relax your muscles, reduce tension, and promote relaxation, helping you to feel stress-free. Yes, please!
Finnish and also regular saunas can help to lead to a higher white cell count, and therefore, it will contribute to fighting infections and boosting your immune system.
Another great thing to consider is that the heat from saunas can relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. This will help tremendously people with conditions such as arthritis, for example.
Now let’s highlight the benefits of Infrared Saunas:
One of the great features is the deep tissue relief. Infrared saunas create heat through light, which can penetrate deeper into the tissues providing relief from muscle soreness and improving recovery from muscle injuries.
Infrared saunas also help with detoxification but at lower temperatures than traditional saunas. This makes them accessible to those who can’t handle the higher heat but still want to go through some sweaty detox 🙂
Similar to the Finnish and traditional saunas, the infrared light will improve circulation due to the deeper heat penetration and with a less hot feeling.
Many studies have shown that the body’s efforts to cool itself down during an infrared sauna session can burn a significant amount of calories, which are crucial in the process of weight loss.
It is time to take a look at the Steam Rooms:
These steamy types of saunas are great for improving skin health. The moisture that comes with it helps with opening the pores, will cleanse up the skin, and will remove dead skin cells, promoting clearer and more hydrated skin.
Just like the saunas mentioned before, these steam rooms are perfect to relax the body and mind, reducing stress and promoting well-being.
Last but not least, the humid air from steam rooms will help to clear congestion and improve breathing, which is an amazing respiratory benefit.
As with all things in life, it is important to be aware of the safety and considerations when using saunas.
While there is a plethora of health benefits to using saunas, it is also very important to use them safely. Dehydration is one of the things that can occur while using a sauna, so it is essential to drink enough water before and after your sauna sessions. If you have certain health conditions such as heart problems, low blood pressure, or if you are a woman going through pregnancy, it is advised to consult your doctor before using any type of sauna. The duration of your sauna session should also be timed. A good rule of thumb is 15-20 minutes at a time while paying attention to your body’s signal in case of discomfort or overheating.
So there you go. Our overview of the different types of saunas and their health benefits.
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