How To Use a Sauna - Some Suggestions

This article highlights some basic pointers on how to use a sauna.

Of course, these are only suggestions, and not hard and fast rules.

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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.

In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. Taking these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of certain holistic remedies.

Suggestions on How to Take a Sauna

  • It is recommended that sauna baths should be for brief timeframes, no longer than 15 - 20 minutes. Some may choose to go up to 30 minutes.

  • Cool down post sauna bath should be gradual and not sudden since skin temperatures increase to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • To avoid dehydration, drink at least two glasses of water before entering the sauna. Fresh juices are also great.

  • Sauna baths are not recommended for those that are ill and not experiencing peak levels of energy and well being.

  • In deciding how to use a sauna, some common sense would be good. At any point, if there is any discomfort experienced while having a sauna, it is best to step out.

  • Prior to sauna and after the sauna bath, medications and alcohol are to be avoided.

  • If it is an infrared sauna, it will not be effective through clothing. A small towel is to be used for wiping off sweat.

  • To avoid toxic exposure, ventilation to be opened prior to use, so free air can circulate.

  • If the sauna uses heat bulbs, it is recommended that you sit facing the bulbs in a chair without back support. Touching the bulb is not recommended, nor should the bulbs come in contact with water, towel or clothing.

  • Time inside the sauna chamber to be spent silently or meditating. Talking or any other activity is not recommended.

  • Post sauna, a glass of water is recommended. Sitting or lying down for at least 10 minutes is advised.

  • Also post sauna session, a cool bath is recommended with lukewarm or cold water. Soaps and shampoos are to be avoided since the body has just received a thorough cleansing from the sauna experience. Brushing the body enhances this effect. Chemical creams and lotions are to be avoided.

    Following the aforementioned tips on how to use a sauna allows you to leverage the full benefits of the sauna experience.

    Precautions for Sauna Baths

    The other thing to take note of with regard to how to use a sauna is some general precautions.

    It is recommended that a physician be consulted prior to commencing use of sauna baths, especially in the case of pregnant women, patients with high blood pressure or poorly controlled hypertension, heart conditions (such as abnormal heart rhythms, unstable angina, advanced heart failure or heart valve disease) or any other ailments.

    It is better to get professional guidance from your physician regarding the duration / length and intensity of the sauna bath, prior to attempting the same.

    Also, if on any medication or any other stimulant substance (e.g. alcohol), advice and guidance from physician is recommended.

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