SAUNA - WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Following is a list of benefits regular sauna users enjoy:
PAIN RELIEF: Heat relieves pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing circulation. Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
WEIGHT CONTROL: Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. The process requires a large amount of energy and reduces excess moisture, salt and subcutaneous fat. Fat becomes water-soluble and the body sweats out fats and toxins.
EXERCISE: During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. The increased cardiac load is the equivalent to a brisk walk. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow.
DETOXIFICATION: Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel) accumulate in the body during modern
daily life. The body eliminates most toxins naturally by sweating. Heat therapy stimulates the sweat glands that cleanse and detoxify the skin. The heat simply speeds up the body's natural process.
INDUCED FEVER: Most illnesses are accompanied by a fever. During a fever, the body heats up to eliminate viruses and attack foreign agents. Often misunderstood, this rise in temperature is a natural stage of the immune system's healing process and is one of the best ways to rid the body of chemicals and unwelcome visitors. The immune system weakens the hold of viruses and bacterial growth. Saunas induce an "artificial fever" by heating up the body but without the pains of an illness. Subsequently, the body wards off invading organisms much more easily because the immune system is activated consistently by the "artificial fever".
REDUCE STRESS: Heat therapy loosens the muscles and relaxes the body. Many massage
therapists use heat to provide more thorough and effective treatment.
BENEFIT TO SKIN: Heat improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin. This leads to a more soft and clear complexion
How is a Sauna different from other baths?
A Sauna must have a special, insulated room built of softwood; a heater which is capable of heating the room to about 180° F; and stones which get hot enough to produce a good steam when water is poured over them. Anything else is not a Sauna. Also, a Sauna is not a steam bath. Steam is 100% humidity while a Sauna is relatively dry at about 20-25% average humidity (when water is used).
Are rocks necessary in a Sauna?
Rocks are necessary to store heat and to produce steam when water is poured over them. Rocks should be placed all around the heater elements and should completely cover them. In this way the stones will filter the heat from the heater elements for a softer more comfortable bathing experience and provide better steam. Rocks which sit on top of a grill or basket will not get hot enough to produce a good steam and the bather will experience a harsher heat.
What is the difference between a wet and a dry Sauna?
They are the same thing. When someone says "wet" they mean that water can be poured over the stones in the heater. If water cannot be poured over hot stones it is not a Sauna. The Sauna bather controls the humidity in the room by the amount of water that is poured over the hot stones. Water can create a more relaxing atmosphere and it aids in perspiration and deep cleaning of the pores.
Why must a Sauna be built of softwood?
The humidity must be absorbed into the wood to keep the atmosphere relatively dry. Softwoods have this property and are cool to the touch. Hardwoods absorb heat and become too hot to sit or lean against. The wood must be kiln dried to within 9-11% moisture content to prevent shrinkage and warping.
How long should I stay in the sauna?
Use common sense as to what feels comfortable. Typically, stay in the sauna for 10-15 minutes, step out and cool off, then return to the sauna for another "inning." Repeat as desired. Don't overdo it. Set the temperature and humidity level to your comfort level. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, leave the sauna and cool off.
Can I pour water on the rocks on SAWO 's heaters?
Yes, absolutely. Not only is it okay, it is an essential part of the sauna experience.
What should I do after my sauna?
Take a shower or bath to cleanse your skin of salts and residues left behind. A cool rinse will close your pores and leave you feeling refreshed. Don't forget to moisturize your hair and skin with a quick shampoo and a lotion rubdown. Drink water, mineral water, fruit or vegetable juice to replace lost fluids.
Caution: Sauna Tips And Warnings
The main risk of a sauna is staying in too long and fainting from overheating. People who are most susceptible to this are those with heart disease or who have been drinking alcohol. It really isn't a good idea to combine drinking with a sauna.
• Don't drink alcohol, as it works as a depressant, where the blood is moving slowly and the nerve endings are literally shutting down, and counteracts the benefits of the sauna.
• Older people need to avoid or limit their time in the sauna.
• People with heart ailments or respiratory diseases need to avoid the sauna, and anyone with chronic ailments needs to check first with his or her doctor.
• Don't eat prior to the sauna.
• Avoid drug use and the sauna — tranquilizers, stimulants, and other prescribed drugs alter the body's metabolism and could produce dour effects in the heat.
• If you experience dizziness, problems with breathing, or a general feeling of ill health, leave the sauna immediately.
• If you do decide to use the sauna, start gradually. Stay in only as long as you are comfortable, increasing the time with each visit.
How to enjoy a Sauna?
Before entering the sauna, have a shower or wash yourself to prepare and moisten the skin. Also take a small towel or something to sit on in the sauna for increased comfort.
A single sauna session should be no longer than 8 – 12 minutes with a maximum of 15 minutes in a sauna-cabin with a temp between 85 and 95 degrees Celsius. To get the full benefit you should relax by sitting or lying down. Ladling small doses of water onto the stove stones can regulate air humidity in the sauna.
When you feel hot enough, exit the sauna and cool off by taking a quick cold shower eventually followed by a swim. Alternatively, you can simply relax outside the sauna. Have a drink if you feel thirsty, but avoid alcohol in the sauna. Once you are thoroughly cooled down, the process should be repeated with a second and if you like even third bath.
Before putting on clean clothes allow enough time for cooling off, or else the sweating will continue. Also be careful not to get cold since the body is in a more sensitive state after the sauna.