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Saunas and Health

 

Relaxation is probably the biggest health benefit of the sauna. Modern life is loaded with stress, and its accumulated affects can be at the root of many health problems. Saunas are relaxing and calming, and provide a great way to unwind at the end of the day. A sauna before bed promotes deep sleep, which is necessary to revitalize the body.

The heat experienced in saunas can have real health benefits.  During a sauna the heart rate increases and the blood vessels dilate to accommodate the increased blood flow.  Blood flow to the skin increases and heavy sweating is induced.  The nasal passages open allowing the sinuses to drain.

Arthritic and rheumatic patients will feel less pain and experience greater joint mobility.  This effect will pass once the sauna is finished.  Athletes can benefit from a sauna before working out because the heat causes the joints and muscles to be more flexible.

People with health problems should consult their doctors before using saunas, but for most people the sauna is safe and beneficial when taken in moderation.