Benefits of Sauna Therapy
How Do Saunas Work?
The basic idea of sauna therapy is to heat your internal body temperature several degrees. The effects of a sauna session occur in two phases. The first phase, which occurs within the first ten minutes, induces a light sweat as your body temperature remains around 98.6 degrees. The body dissipates the extra heat by increasing circulation, pushing blood to the skin’s surface, and sweating. If you are considering one of our treatments, like a body massage or facial treatment, to go along with a sauna therapy session, please let us know so that we can coordinate the best experience for you.
The sauna therapy benefits of a phase one session include:
Muscle relaxation, which leads to increased overall body relaxation
Enhanced flexibility of tendons and ligaments
Minor pain relief
improved oxygenation and dilating the peripheral blood vessels
Relieving internal organ congestion
After about 10–30 minutes in the sauna, the body enters phase two. During this phase, your body can no longer dissipate the heat of the sauna. This causes your body temperature to rise, resulting in your heart rate and sweating to increase. Some of the greatest benefits occur during this phase, which include:
Improved circulation due to the heart rate increase
Increased “vascular compliance”, which is a huge factor in heart health and how effectively blood travels through your body
Increased body temperature which hastens the death of weaker cells
Other Sauna Therapy Benefits
Relaxation and Meditation ─ the warmth of the sauna heat relaxes the muscles and nervous system.
Health Maintenance ─ weekly sauna sessions enhance circulation which nourish the glands, detoxifies the
system, cleanses the skin, and offers many of the same benefits received while exercising but with much less exertion.
Healing – spending 30 minutes, several days a week, in a sauna is believed to be a very powerful and safe healing modality. It decongests the internal organs, assists circulation, heals infections, and has even been found to help musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
After a sauna session your body temperature may remain elevated for up to 15 minutes. We recommend resting for ten to fifteen minutes to give your body the opportunity to restore to normal temperature.