Super Hero Sauna
The Scandinavians have been doing it for years. Heres why a Sauna should be part of everyone’s wellbeing routine
What is a Sauna?
The Finnish word sauna refers to a building or a room with wooden walls, floor and ceiling in which there is a stove heated by wood, electricity, oil or gas. The top of the stove is covered with a layer of natural stones. Temperature in the sauna will vary between 70 and 100 °C, and the humidity is regulated by small amounts of water being ladled repeatedly onto the stones causing a vapour to rise up into the room
Stress reduction is often cited as the number one benefit of sauna use. It’s a warm, quiet space with very few distractions and the heat from the sauna relaxes the muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s all-natural “feel good” chemicals – resulting in an ‘after sauna glow’
What do I need to know?
In a sauna, your skin temperature will rise, your pulse rate will go up, and your blood vessels will dilate as your heart begins to pump more blood. And of course, you’ll begin to sweat. It’s recommended to spend unto 10 minutes in the sauna followed by a period of cooling off. And then repeat the process
Interested in Sauna? You might also be interested in Wild Swimming.
The bottom line
Sauna purists often advocate the birthday suit option, but most people will either wrap a towel around themselves or wear a swim suit in the sauna. A top tip is to take an extra towel in with you to sit on.
If you have any health conditions you should always seek advice from a medical professional before taking a sauna