A sauna, usually heated to over 80° C, is a place for people to relax in a hot and dry heat.
Saunas have existed for a very long time, the very nature of a traditional sauna is designed to reduce stress levels & improve health.
Sweating in some sort of room or tent is a tradition that goes back centuries, and almost every culture has its own unique version of a Sauna – turkish steam baths, roman baths, and natural hot springs. Saunas have been a gathering place for family and friends for centuries – a Heartwood Sauna brings this experience right to you.
Heat relaxes your muscles!
In soothing your body in one of our saunas, muscular aches and pains can ease significantly, whilst your mind and emotions can fall in line.
Immersing yourself in a beautiful Red Cedar cladded room, the scent of the cedar and the 80+ degree dry heat penetrating to your core, gazing out into the starry night sky, with no technology or distractions!
This sense of relaxation can last a long time, leading also to a good night’s sleep. Users of our saunas tell of an improved sense of physical well-being in general. Relaxation is important for dealing with stress, and all agree that stress has a bad effect on our health.
Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and founding editor of the Harvard Heart Letter says “The cardiovascular effects of sauna have been well documented in the past. It lowers blood pressure, and there is every reason to believe that its effects are good for blood vessels,” By bathing in a sauna, the heart rate increases and as a result the heart can nearly double the amount of blood it pumps per minute, the skins circulation increases, and the blood vessels dilate to accommodate the increase in blood flow, giving increased benefits for cardiovascular health.
In relaxing your muscles with heat, you can relieve minor aches and pains. Because blood vessels relax and dilate, increased blood flow can reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement and relieve tension, and ease arthritic pain and stiffness.
Some skin problems, such as psoriasis, may benefit from sauna bathing, as increased blood flow to the skin can speed up the healing process.
For those with healthy skin, heat has been used traditionally as a cleansing procedure. Maintaining your skin’s performance, opening pores and cleansing your skin are benefits sauna bathing may offer you.
Aromatherapy – Asthma/ Coughs/ Mental Clarity
Aromatherapy & saunas go hand in hand – by using essential oils you could bring some relief for coughs or asthma as it helps open airways and reduce congestion – The benefits of this is increased by using essential oils such as Eucalyptus oil. Lavender for relaxation, Clary Sage for clear and uplifting thoughts & Frankincense for anxiety relief & inflammation reduction. There are numerous essential oils, each with their own unique power of restoration.
Things to consider
You could lose as much as a pint of sweat when using a sauna so it is important to drink plenty of water both before you go in and after you come out.
When in the sauna, if you feel thirsty, dizzy, tired, suffer cramps or have feelings of nausea then you should come out of the heat straight away and drink some water.
Drinking alcohol before or during a sauna should be avoided because it is another way of dehydrating.
Pregnant women, Asthma sufferers or anyone with a heart or circulation problem should get the opinion of a medical professional before using a sauna. Very high or very low blood pressure could be a problem, and if you have a condition that carries a higher risk of dehydration then you should also seek medical advice.
Not all skin problems are suited to using a sauna: if in doubt, ask your doctor.
We recommend that you spend no longer than 20 minutes at a time in a sauna. The first time you use one you might want to come out after 5 or 10 minutes until you get used to the experience.
Medical News Today, Men’s Health and Healthline.