Why do we need the sauna?
A sauna is an excellent way to benefit from overheating therapy. In addition to an artificially induced fever, the sauna is specifically conducive to profuse therapeutic sweating. The skin is our largest eliminative organ. It is generally considered that the skin should eliminate 30% of the body wastes by way of perspiration. Taking sauna baths regularly will help to restore and revitalize the cleansing activity of the skin.
The therapeutic property of the sauna is attributed to the following facts:
Overheating stimulates the metabolic processes and inhibits the growth of virus and bacteria; all vital organs are stimulated to increased activity; the body’s healing forces are aided and assisted; and the eliminative, detoxifying, and cleansing capacity of the skin is dramatically increased by the profuse sweating.
How saunas can be supportive for medical treatment? What are the significant benefits?
Increasing numbers of medical clinics use supervised sauna bathing for detoxifying the body of toxic chemicals. Sauna therapy utilizes heat stress and increased circulation to facilitate lipid mobilization and excretion of fat-stored toxins. It has been shown that this therapy, in conjunction with a number of various adjunct treatment modalities, is highly effective in reducing or removing significant levels of stores toxic residue.
It must be emphasized that such therapy relates to medically supervised programs. One should not use a sauna for medical treatment without consultation and supervision of a licensed physician. Never use a sauna unattended if you are ill.
Studies shown that patients often experience general health improvements upon completion, such as increased mental clarity, restored energy levels, fewer allergies, improved sleeping patterns, and lowered blood pressure. There has been demonstrable evidence of restored liver and immune functions as well.
Is sweating in sauna be caused calory burning?
A person can easily burn 300 to 600 calories in a 20 to 30 minute session, just by sitting there.
Are there health risks involved with the sauna?
Some people are under the conception that saunas and steam baths raise the blood pressure. While this is true, it also expands your blood vessels to compensate. Most of the extra blood flow is directed to the skin; in fact, the circulation actually shunts blood away from the internal organs. Blood pressure is unpredictable, rising in some people but falling in others. Heart patients should check with their doctors before taking a sauna.
There are some important points in use of saunas even if they are safe. We can suggest that sauna users follow these simple precautions:
– Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
– Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes. Cool down gradually afterward.
– Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
– Don’t take a sauna when you are ill, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, head for the door.
How to bath in a sauna?
– Keep the sauna ambiance clean.
– It is a good idea to begin with a wash or shower; you may want to use a small towel to sit on in the hot room.
– Enter the sauna and sit on the upper bench. Sit for a few minutes and let the heat permeate your body and open the pores of the skin.
– The temperature should be 80-90°C; ten minutes at a time will be enough. Air humidity is regulated by ladling small doses of water onto the
stove stones. The steam will make the room feel hotter.
– Step into the changing room to cool down, maybe take another shower. It will be better to wear a bathrobe in the cooling room.
– Warming up and cooling off can be repeated as many times as feels good.
– Whisking adds to the pleasure.
– Finally shower to clean yourself from the sweat.
Is a Sauna expensive to operate? Any difficulty to set up?
Heat up time is fast-about 30 minutes-and the sauna is only on when being used, unlike spas. Modern saunas are set up very easily and quickly, without requiring any tools, plumbing or special wiring. The smaller units require a 110 V plug, and use the same energy as a hair dryer. The larger units require a 220 V plug, also with a low electrical output.
Are saunas safe for pregnant women and little children?
Pregnant women can safely go to the sauna under the same conditions other persons experienced, but should stay in somewhat lower temperature (around 70°C).
Children can, however, take sauna baths totally safely, if some precautions are taken into account. Children’s bathing must take place on voluntary basis, thermal stress should be limited according to the age (10 min at 70 °C is too much for many children at 2-5 years) and the child must be old enough to express discomfort in a way understandable to parents.