How To Get The Most Benefit From
Your Traditional Sauna Experience
There is no one right way to take a sauna. Most people prefer to be nude in the sauna, but you can wear a bathing suit or wrap a towel around you if you feel more comfortable. Being naked is not to imply anything erotic, simply a way to gain the most benefit from the experience.
- Shower first. By washing off lotions, sweat, etc. before sauna bathing, you’ll keep the hot room clean.
- Start by sitting on the upper bench. A small towel to sit on will increase your comfort.
- Take a few deep breaths to relax. Let the heat permeate your body, open your pores and relax your mind.
- Throwing water on the stones of the heater releases steam, which will make the room feel hotter. Stay until you have enjoyed a good sweat. Start with 5-8 minutes. Listen to your body. If you start to feel overheated, leave the sauna. Sweating helps the body rid itself of excess sodium, drugs and some toxins, thereby reducing the workload of the liver. It also improves general circulation.
- Step out to cool down and perhaps take another shower.
- Round two: go back into the heat taking your time to relax and enjoy the warmth and stay for 8-10 minutes.
- Finally, shower to clean yourself from the sweat. A cold shower is really refreshing. If you can stand it, an icy cold shower will make your whole body tingle and feel alive.
- Allow time to cool and dry properly before getting dressed.
- Follow your sauna with a rest and a glass of water.
To get the most of the sauna, you will need:
- At least half an hour of uninterrupted time, preferably an hour or more, so you have ample time to relax
- A large cotton towel to dry yourself
- A loofah sponge or scrub brush to remove dead skin
- Eucalyptus oil to scent the sauna
Nice to have ready:
- A smaller cotton towel to sit on
- A moisturizing lotion for after the sauna
- A big Turkish cotton bathrobe to wear while cooling down
The temperatures in a sauna can range up to from 120 - 200 degrees. You can keep the air relatively dry, or sprinkle water over the stones to increase humidity. Do not let the air become completely dry, since it could be harmful to your respiratory system. Splashing water on the benches has a cooling effect, since the evaporating water will take heat out of the air.
How long can I stay in a sauna?
Enjoying a sauna is a personal thing. Listen to your body and do as you feel best. For the first time, we suggest that you stay in for a few minutes, depending on the temperature. After cooling down for a few minutes, go into the sauna again and stay a bit longer, maybe five to ten minutes. Alternate time in the sauna with a cooling shower. Dr. Andrew Weil, author of many books on health, recommends taking a sauna regularly for the many health benefits. He advises that 10-20 minutes total is usually enough. Caution: if you have high blood pressure or heart problems check with your doctor before using. The main risk of a sauna is overdoing it - you can faint from overheating. Drinking plenty of water is key.
How many times a week can I use the sauna?
If you are reasonably healthy, you can bathe in a sauna as often as you like without worrying about health effects. As with taking many showers, frequent sauna bathing may dry your skin. You will probably want to use a moisturizing lotion after your sauna.