‘The Sauna Life’ is a combined presence of mind, body and spirit. Taking the time to heat bathe in a sauna (either infrared or traditional) can provide wonderful benefits and enhance your lifestyle in many ways.
In today’s lifestyles, many of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Numerous medical studies show that “deep sweating” brings about a multitude of health benefits. Regular bathing in a sauna provides all of the benefits derived from a deep sweat.
Top 10 health benefits of sauna use
1. Relieves stress
The #1 most cited benefit of sauna bathers. Medical studies
clearly show stress in our daily lives affects our health. In fact, the
vast majority of disease is stress related. The sauna provides stress
relief in a number of ways:
It’s a warm quiet space without any distractions. Step into a sauna and
close the door on the rest of the world.
The heat of the sauna relaxes the body, improves circulation and
stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural feel-good
chemical, providing a wonderful “after sauna glow.”
2. Relaxes Muscles and Soothes Aches and Pains in Muscles and Joints
Under high heat, the body releases endorphins which can have a mild and
enjoyable tranquilizing effect and the ability to quell the pain of
arthritis (and muscle soreness from an intense physical workout).
Body temperature rises from the heat of the sauna, causing blood vessels
to dilate and circulation to increase. The increased blood flow
accelerates the body’s natural healing process – soothing aches and
pains and quickening the healing of cuts and bruises.
Following sporting activity, use the heat and steam of a sauna for
muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension and eliminate
lactic acid and other toxins.
3. Flushes Toxins
In today ‘s lifestyles, many of us don’t actively sweat on a daily
basis. Deep sweating has multiple health benefits. Regular sauna bathing
provides the benefits derived from a deep sweat:
In the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The
blood vessels dilate, causing increased blood flow. The core body
temperature rises which sends signals to the millions of sweat glands
covering the body. Sweat production is primarily for cooling the body,
and is composed of 99% water – but deep sweating in a sauna can help
reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemicals – all
toxins commonly picked up from our environment.
There is no shortage of books from doctors and practitioners alike
touting the benefits of detoxifying our bodies. As many doctors will
attest, saunas are one of the best means to detoxify our bodies.
4. Cleanses Skin
Saunas are one of the oldest and most famous beauty and health
treatments for the skin.
When deep sweating occurs, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are
replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition.
Sweat rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts.
Cleansing of the pores improves the capillary circulation and gives the
skin a soft, beautiful appearance. Bathing your skin in sweat on a
regular basis staves off the collagen breakdown that results in wrinkles
By continually flushing body waste through individual cells, one
eventually brings back vitality, tone and a healthy glow to the skin.
Sauna is not a cure for acne, but often helps due to the deep cleansing
it provides from a deep sweat (cleaning the pores from the inside out).
5. Induces a Deeper sleep
Research shows a deeper sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to
the release of endorphins, when body temperature is raises in the late
evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna
bathers around the world tout the deep sleep they experience after sauna
6. Recreational and Social Benefits
While the social benefit is rarely touted, it should not be trivialized.
The sauna can be a private personal retreat or a relaxing environment
for socializing with family and friends. The sauna environment is ideal
for openness, quiet conversation and intimacy.
7. Improves Cardiovascular Performance
Medical research shows the heart rate can rise from 60-70/min. to
110-120/min. in the sauna (140-150 with more intensive bathing), and can
often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage. With regular
sauna use, we not only train our heart muscles and improve the heart
rate/cardiac output, but we also positively influence the regulatory
Further cardiovascular conditioning occurs when the sauna is taken in
multiple “innings,” with sessions in the sauna separated by a cool
shower or a dip into a cool pool or lake. Every time you rapidly change
temperature (from hot to cool or vice versa), your heart rate increases
by as much as 60% – comparable to moderate exercise.
8. Burns Calories
Outlandish claims are often made by some sauna sellers (primarily
infrared) to promote saunas as a weight loss tool. While some
individuals may experience high amounts of calories burned initially –
particularly those individuals in poor shape – over the long term,
saunas are simply treated as another tool in our arsenal to burn
The sweating process itself takes a lot of energy. That energy is
derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a process that
burns up calories.
The body consumes calories by way of accelerated heart activity
(cardiovascular section). As heart activity increases demanding more
oxygen, the body converts more calories into energy.
9. Fights Illness
German sauna medical research shows saunas significantly reduced the
incidence of colds and influenza. As the body is exposed to a sauna’s
heat and steam (traditional), it produces white blood cells more rapidly
– which in turn help fight illness and help kill viruses.
Saunas can relieve sinus congestion from colds or allergies – especially
when used with steam (add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and
enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps clear up uncomfortable
congestion and is a wonderful part of the Finnish sauna experience.
10. Feels Good
A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for you. Whether it’s the
physiological changes that occur in the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s
simply the time spent in the calm, still retreat of the sauna, all who
sauna agree – it feels wonderful! As we go through our daily stressful
lives, the sauna provides a pampering retreat-where we can relax and
restore body and soul.
For more information on traditional or far-infrared saunas, contact Mainely Tubs at
800-479-7935 or visit www.mainelytubs.com/Products/Saunas.html.