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.