If you’re looking for ways to amp up your health and wellness routine this year, it may be time to look further into investing in a traditional sauna. Saunas have a rich history that was founded in Finland more than 2,000 years ago. Traditional saunas are heated using a single heater that warms the person inside the unit. It is characterized by low humidity and high temperatures that reach anywhere between 150 and 195 degrees. You easily increase the humidity by pouring water into the heat source. 

The benefits of a sauna bath have long been recognized as one of the best ways to improve your health and wellness. While newer infrared models are available and beneficial to your body in other ways, traditional saunas still offer unique health benefits that are sure to leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to conquer the day. Read on to learn more about the major benefits of a traditional sauna and how you’ll start reaping the benefits immediately. 

1. Detoxification

Sauna heat increases sweating, which mobilizes chemicals and toxins stored in the tissues. The skin can eliminate 10 to 30 percent of toxins excreted by the kidney and liver, thus sparing them the elimination process temporarily. Since the toxins aren’t all at an apparent level, accessing them may take time. So it’s essential to make sauna baths a consistent part of your daily routine for efficient detoxification.

2. Pain Reduction

The heat in the sauna leads to the expansion of peripheral blood vessels, which relaxes your body and allows you to experience pain relief from rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Traditional saunas are also great ways to treat your body’s aches and joint pains after intense physical exercise. As blood vessels dilate due to high temperature, blood circulation improves, transporting much-needed nutrients to organs, thus aiding in repairing and replacing cells.

3. Improve Your Immune System 

During the heat exposure in a sauna, your body In a sauna enhances its production of white blood cells that help fight illnesses. The increased white blood cells help fight off bacteria and viruses and increase your ability to fight off the germs from the common cold, as well. If you’re experiencing sinus congestion due to allergies, colds or the flu, the sauna’s steam vapor provides great relief. 

4. Aids in Relaxation

If relaxation is your thing, then a sauna will surely work great for you. The heat from the sauna relaxes muscles, improves circulation, and enhances endorphin release. Endorphins are natural feel-good chemicals, and their release after your sauna session creates happiness and a calming experience for the rest of your day. Sauna heat also helps regulate cortisol levels, which is a hormone that is released when one is stressed.

One of the added benefits of a traditional sauna is the ability to enhance your relaxation experience with aromatherapy. When you pour water over the rocks, you can incorporate such scents as eucalyptus to further create a calming and invigorating sauna bathing experience. 

5. Weight Loss

In addition to improving overall health, a sauna can also help with weight loss. Exposure to heat leads to sweating, allowing you to lose excess water in the body. Sitting in a sauna also increases metabolism, which burns calories and reduces stress, a known cause of weight gain. In addition, a sauna helps flush out mercury, lead, copper, and other heavy metals absorbed through foods and other factors.

6. Brain Health

Healthy brain function is affected by depression, anxiety, stress and bad moods. Saunas are proven to improve the BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a protein that lowers the risk of mental illness. The protein protects and repairs brain cells and enhances the growth of brain cells.

7. Cleansing the Skin

Sauna heat is great for your skin. The increased circulation delivers more nutrients to your skin, and the blood flow makes your skin glow with a healthier complexion. Traditional saunas boost collagen, the protein responsible for skin elasticity. In addition, the heat helps your skin shed dead cells and grow new and healthier ones.

Your East Rochester Sauna Experts

A traditional sauna is the best choice if you’re looking for a more natural relaxation experience. With their roots in ancient times, traditional saunas have many benefits for your body and mind. By inducing sweating and flushing out the toxins in your body, you’re sure to experience improved health and wellness. Stop by and see the sauna experts at one of our convenient locations in Greece or East Rochester. We have a number of traditional sauna options to choose from, and we look forward to helping you find the sauna that will work best for you. 


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