For centuries now people around the globe have gathered to literally “sweat” together! The word “sauna” originated in Finland and sauna bathers believe that the experience offers physical, spiritual and mental benefits as well as promoting relationship building and togetherness. In fact some Finnish business meetings are still held in saunas!

Experts believe that for most people sauna bathing is a healthy activity.  A National Institutes of Health study in 2015 fount that sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death and is linked to better overall cardiovascular health. More recent studies state that regular sauna bathing may lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as reducing the possibility of developing hypertension and provides relief for those with acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Below are some other benefits also associated with regular saunas:-

Detoxification

One of the ways the body flushes out toxins is by expelling sweat. A normal day in most people’s lives will expose them to at least 10 different types of chemicals. Sitting in a sauna and encouraging sweat is a great way to rid yourself of these harmful toxins.

Improving Circulation

When heat comes into contact with muscle fibers it increases the blood flow to the muscles. Along with that increased blood flow comes more oxygen which in turn will assist the elimination of toxins. Increasing circulation will also ultimately improve cardiovascular health.

Stronger Immune System

Heat assists the body in creating more white blood cells.  White blood cells are responsible for attacking infections and diseases, therefore a person with a higher count of white blood cells will stay healthier and recover faster.

Skin Cleansing

Heat causes the pores to open and as you begin to sweat along with it comes oil, bacteria, dirt, residue makeup.  People who flush their pores regularly often notice an improvement in their complexion.

Today the two most popular types of saunas are the traditional steam version and infrared units.  A dry sauna uses rocks heated in specially designed heaters to increase the temperature of the air to 195 F while reducing the humidity to a bare minimum. A wet sauna occurs when water is poured on the rocks and the resulting steam makes the air feel even hotter.  Infrared saunas use heating panels, which produce infrared light, as opposed to radian heat.  The infrared light rays increase your body temperature by penetrating your skin, and can do so at a lower temperature than traditional saunas.  Infrared saunas warm up faster but are not designed to use water or generate steam. As a rule, most steam saunas are able to reach higher temperatures than infrared saunas. With infrared technology, the heat in a sauna is geared toward objects in the unit. This means the majority of the heat is channeled directly to any people sitting in the sauna. However, a steam sauna distributes heat evenly.

Neither type of sauna is considered to be universally better than the other, so it is wise to carefully compare the benefits each one has to offer. Whether a steam or infrared sauna is chosen, it is important to consult a physician to ensure personal medical issues will not be aggravated by using the unit. It is also important for anyone using a sauna to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.