The health benefits of sauna are both physical and mental. The cycle of perspiring, resting, and cooling decreases muscle pain, stimulates your circulation, and can even reduce nervous tension. Other traditional sauna and infrared benefits include:
Cleans your skin – When you sweat, your pores open and allow toxins to flush out. This can provide a more youthful and healthy complexion. Add water and you have steam room benefits as well – See Facial Saunas and Steamers.
Reduced anxiety – Taking a sauna can provide relaxation and a relief from worry. Your body is soothed and invigorated and your emotions are positively affected.
Relaxes muscles – Sauna relaxes and soothes muscles, especially after working out. Many users experience a feeling of rejuvenation.
Relieves pain – The heat from a sauna can provide relief from arthritis pain.
Helps cold symptoms – Saunas can help relieve cold congestion as well as symptoms of allergies.
Aromatherapy benefits – You can add essential oils to your sauna and get the benefits of aromatherapy. These oils are concentrated and not meant to be added directly to the sauna rocks. Instead, add essential oils to water first. Then ladle the water over the rocks.
Better sleep – The relaxation from a sauna bath can help you sleep better. However, don’t sauna to close to bedtime since your body needs time to cool down before falling asleep.
Helps with shaving – Another skin benefit of sauna is improved shaving. Pores are opened and hair follicles are softened making it easier to get a closer shave.
Improves Circulatory Health – High temperature can help lower blood pressure while increasing circulation. According to Dr. Oz, “It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories. It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.”
Can Increase The Value Of Your Home – Adding a built in sauna to your home can add to its value, providing a higher selling price when you’re ready to move. Sauna is typically a bathroom or outdoor home improvement. For kitchens, check out New Kitchen Makeover.
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See Steam Room Benefits for more information on home steam showers and their positive impact.