Sauna Health Benefits

Medical research indicates that regular sauna bathing in dry sauna can provide the following health benefits:

• Relieves stress and tension.
• Improves blood circulation by raising body temperature and heart-rate
• Reduces aches and pains in joints by removing lactic acid
• Sauna bathing opens the skin pores and helps the body in removing harmful toxins and other impurities
• Combined with exfoliating, it helps removing accumulated dead skin
• Temperatures between 70-90°C help kill viruses and bacteria which cannot survive in higher than normal body temperature
• Relieves nasal, sinus and chest congestion
• Beneficial for mild cases of hypertension
• Flushes out harmful toxins through your pores
• Increases your metabolic rate helping boost recovery after an illness
• Accelerates muscle recovery after heavy exercise
• Induces a deeper, more relaxing sleep
• Increases energy levels.

Heater Tips

• Wiring and repairs must be done by a qualified electrician
• Do not use the heater as a grill
• Do not cover the sauna heater with anything, as it may cause a fire.
• Do not put wood of any kind on the electric heater, or anything inflammable
• Do not use the heater for drying clothes, this easily causes a fire
• Never sit on the heater, as the temperature on the top can be up to 350°C
• Never use the heater without stones, as it can break the heater
• Do not use chlorinated water (e.g., from the swimming pool or a jacuzzi) nor seawater, it might destroy the heater and be dangerous to inhale
• Do not put too much water on the heater; “throw water onto the stones, one to three ladles is enough at a time. After waiting a couple of minutes you can throw little water again” -SAWO sauna guidance for beginners

How to use the sauna

• Leave your clothes in the dressing room, or outside the sauna room
• Wearing clean clothes after sauna and shower is refreshing
• Take a shower before you enter the sauna, for hygienic reasons
• Enter the sauna and sit on the bench, on a small towel or such
• Humidity is increased by throwing water on the heater stones
• Recommended temperature in the sauna is between 65 to 85°C, beginners should start with mild temperature and increase it depending how the body like it
• Leave the sauna room when you feel hot enough and cool off by taking a shower or a swim, or just by sitting in room temperature or outside
• Hydrating yourself by drinking water or something else refreshing before sauna is strongly recommended, just like before heavy training; you will not get thirsty so easy in the sauna
• Have a refreshing drink if you feel thirsty, but avoid alcohol in the sauna as it dries your body
• You can repeat the hot-cold cycle as many times as you feel comfortable. Two to three rounds is typical for many
• After sauna, wash yourself after cooling down, after the sweating has ended