Those who have already benefited from a sauna session are sure to say that this is an extraordinary, relaxing experience that helps relieve the stress, fatigue and tension they may have experienced before. This is due to the fact that the body, under the action of heat, will release endorphins, neurotransmitters that promote relaxation and also promote sleep. It is also an ideal ritual to improve the quality of sleep.
Always by the action of the heat, one notes a vasodilatation of the blood vessels. The speed of the blood circulation is thus increased, hence a rapid relief of pain and muscle tension as well as joint pain. In addition, this vasodilatation and this acceleration of the blood circulation allows a better oxygenation of the tissues through the blood which irrigates all the organs and a better cardiovascular function. Richer in oxygen, blood is also rich in nutrients.
In addition, this vasodilatation and this acceleration of the blood circulation allows a better oxygenation of the tissues through the blood which irrigates all the organs and a better cardiovascular function. Richer in oxygen, blood is also rich in nutrients.
If the opening of the pores by the effect of heat and sweating eliminates impurities and toxins, the sauna also has the effect of cleaning the skin and improve elasticity. Enriched with oxygen and nutrients, as we have already noted, the blood, flowing faster, flows under the skin.
The result is a deeply cleansed skin, smooth, toned and devoid of all its pimples and impurities. This action of heat is then supplemented by that of fresh or cold water during the shower following the passage in the cabin. Indeed, it will close the pores and give a better appearance to the skin while avoiding that other impurities can then penetrate into the skin whose pores were previously dilated.
The sauna is also known for its action on the immune system. Indeed, the heat will cause a kind of artificial fever that will stimulate the immune function, making the body less vulnerable. Thus stimulated, the immune system will trigger a higher production of white blood cells and antibodies, hence the improvement of immune defenses
If it can better protect against infections, influenza or colds, the sauna also has the effect of clearing the airways, through the use of essential oils that will be deeply inhaled during the session. It thus makes it possible to improve the respiratory function.
It is important to provide the body with a good supply of liquids to promote perspiration by drinking hot herbal tea, or unsweetened, non-carbonated, and especially alcohol-free beverages. Before entering the sauna, it is advisable to thoroughly clean the body with soap and warm water, then to wipe dry. The feet must be warm.
After that, you can enter the cabin, bare or surrounded by a natural fiber towel to not limit body perspiration.
THE FIRST PHASE (warming)
- The first phase (warming) usually lasts 5 to 8 minutes.
- You can lie down or sit comfortably, with your legs bent and your feet at the same seat height.
- Try to relax in peace.
Initially, the air of the sauna can be kept dry, then you can throw water on the hot stones placed inside the cabin so as to increase the humidity and, consequently, perspiration.
The last two minutes are normally seated, ie with feet down, to re-adjust the blood circulation to the right position.
After this phase, get out of the sauna slowly, to avoid pressure drops or head spinning.
THE SECOND PHASE (cooling)
The classic Finnish method provides for a quick bath in the frozen water, which can be replaced by a shower, with cold or lukewarm water, to take in waiting for at least two minutes from the exit of the sauna.
For the shower, proceed with the water jet of the feet towards the trunk while avoiding that the first to be touched is the head and this in order to not expose you to dangerous traffic disorders.
THE THIRD PHASE
The third phase provides a return to the sauna for another ten minutes and another cold shower.
AT THE END OF EACH SESSION
At the end of each session, it is advisable to relax on a relax for about ten minutes, to relax and allow the blood pressure to return to normal values. The cooling phase should last at least as long as the warm-up phase.
The reintegration of liquids must be done shortly after the end of the treatment: to drink abundantly serves to return to the body the good quantity of water eliminated during the sauna. Herbal teas, fruit and vegetable juices are excellent reintegrators of fluids and minerals