Saunas are among the most relaxing and stress-relieving activities available in the world. Try hitting the sauna after your next workout to relieve those sore muscles. Saunas are also used to alleviate arthritis, asthma and fatigue. Heat therapy flushes the toxins from your body and has also proven good for people who are unable to get the full benefits of exercise. Enhance your experience and add Swedish Massage to simply the best Sauna in Tacoma.
Sauna therapy is an ancient method healing the body, mind, and spirit. It also has the ability to help your body detox. A relaxing sauna treatment can help you remove more toxins than almost any other mode of detoxification! Our bodies are built with the ability to detox to a certain extent on their own. But because we are exposed to so many more toxins today than ever before, it’s important for us to practice simple detox measures on a regular basis. Saunas are nothing new. Throughout history, we have used sauna therapy as a safe and powerful means of detoxification. Saunas have been in use for over 2,000 years including Native American sweat lodges and Finnish wood-fired saunas.
Sauna health benefits are amazing. Here are a few of the biggies.
#1 – Stress reduction: Saunas are big stress fighters. Saunas encourage our bodies to go into a state, which allows us to de-stress, digest, rest, and heal.
#2 – Balance hormones: Stress reduction helps to lower stress hormones. When cortisol levels are kept in balance, thyroid, insulin, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen are also kept in balance. Saunas help the adrenals glands secrete aldosterone, which helps keep electrolytes in balance too.
#3 – Get super healing powers: Studies show that certain types of infrared saunas can significantly improve tissue and wound healing! Other studies show that saunas can reduce the incidence of cold and flu by about 30%.
#4 – Fountain of youth: Deep sweating can also help improve the turnover of skin cell replacement. It can assist in the removal of bacteria from the skin, which will help with acne and improves skin health.
#5 – Lose weight effortlessly: Saunas can increase your heart rate while lowering blood pressure and increasing oxygenation and metabolic rate at the same time. These physiological effects are incredibly like cardio exercise!
#6 – Improve circulation: When you sit in a sauna, your body temperature begins to rise. This causes your blood vessels to expand, which increases blood flow and overall circulation. Blood assists in the process of bringing nutrients and oxygen to all your body tissues and help them heal.
#7 – Avoid heart disease: We all know that saunas reduce blood pressure, increases oxygen and circulation levels, which support heart health. If you have underlying heart conditions, studies show saunas are less likely than exercise itself to cause cardiac problems.
#8 – Helps with medical conditions: Saunas have been shown to be useful in improving or removing symptoms associated with depression, autoimmune diseases, and chronic pain, tension headaches and fatigue.
#9 – Removes heavy metals & chemicals: It is easier for many toxins to leave your body through sweat versus blood or urine. Studies show that several metals and chemicals are excreted through the skin better than they are excreted in urine.
#10 – Protect Your Brain: A recent study in Finland — where it’s not unusual for a home have a sauna — found that men who used a sauna for an average of 15 minutes - four to seven times a week had a 65 percent lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s, compared to men who used the sauna only once a week.
“Why can’t I just work out and reap all the benefits of sweating?”
While exercise is definitely good for you, it has different benefits when compared to sauna sweating. During exercise, your heart rate is increased but the blood flow to organs is lowered. A sauna increases heart rate and also increases the blood flow to vital organs, allowing for the removal of toxins from those organs.