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Relieving Stress through Sauna Bathing

By August 3rd, 2023News

Relieving Stress through Sauna Bathing

Relieving Stress through Sauna Bathing

One of the significant benefits of sauna bathing is its ability to provide stress relief. Stepping into a warm sauna induces a different state within your body. The elevated temperature causes blood vessels to dilate, leading to improved blood circulation and the subsequent release of tension in your body, resulting in instant relaxation.

Sauna Cycles

Sauna bathing typically involves following a cyclic pattern, where after approximately 15-20 minutes of heat exposure, it is followed by a cold shower or, in line with Nordic tradition, immersion in ice-cold water. This cycle can be repeated as desired to achieve the desired effect.

Sauna bathing offers numerous positive effects on the body. It boosts the immune system, reduces stress, enhances blood circulation, and improves skin quality. Sweating during a sauna session aids in weight loss and the elimination of various toxins from the body, providing a multitude of health benefits.

Sauna Bathing for Reducing Stress

The number of sauna sessions can vary depending on the desired effect, but it’s generally not recommended to exceed five cycles.

For stress relief, a relaxing sauna session with 3 or 4 cycles is recommended. This provides a high level of relaxation, especially beneficial after mentally or physically demanding work. After the sauna, it’s best to allow yourself at least 1-2 hours to continue to relax.

If you want to refresh during the day and prepare for the rest of the day, two sauna sessions followed by half an hour of relaxation are often sufficient. This will leave you feeling energized and rested. For intense physical or mental exertion, a single sauna cycle may be enough. If you plan to exercise, it is recommended to keep the cooling phase short to maintain warm muscles.

Common Types of Saunas

The two most prevalent types of saunas today are the Finnish sauna and the infrared sauna. In the Finnish sauna, the traditional cabin is heated with a stove to approximately 70-100 degrees Celsius. The humidity is adjusted to 10-30% by pouring water onto hot stones. Due to the intense heat, it is advised to limit the time spent in the sauna to 10-15 minutes.

The infrared sauna directly heats the body with infrared rays and lowers the air temperature and humidity. It is less demanding on the body but leads to increased sweating. Unlike the Finnish sauna, the infrared sauna can be used daily, but it is recommended to limit usage to 2-3 times a week.

The Eclipse Hemlock Sauna offers both a Finnish stove and infrared sauna heaters, allowing you to choose the sauna type that best suits your occasion or purpose.