Regular sauna sessions are not only good for your physical health, but also to really relax. Not for nothing did a survey reveal that there are about 5 millions of people in 2 million saunas in Finland. In Germany too, more and more people are swearing by the manifold health-promoting effects on the body, the skin and the mind.
Why is it worth going to the sauna?
Especially during the cold times, it makes sense to have a sauna regularly. Through the sauna, the entire organism and the immune system are strengthened, which can almost no longer affect a pathogenic infection.
For people who are increasingly suffering from back pain or tension, it is also recommended to go to the sauna. For best results, the pain patient should lie on his stomach most of the time, so that the heat from the sauna blanket radiates directly onto the back. This not only relaxes the muscles in the back, but also the soul. However, it is not important to lie here all the time, but also to sit in between to keep the circulation stable. Rheumatic problems can also be alleviated by the regular sauna visit.
For certain skin diseases, such as acne, a weekly sauna session should be scheduled. The heat gently dilates the skin pores that are clogged with sebum. This speeds up the healing process a lot.
Sauna is recommended not only for its effect on the body, but also for mental recovery. Many people are increasingly suffering from nervousness and stress, both of which can be successfully broken down by going to the sauna. A sauna visit is also recommended for sleep disorders, as sweating encourages well-being exhaustion, which leads to falling asleep faster and to starting the day well rested in the morning.
The warmth of the sauna has a very positive effect on the whole person. The radiating heat passes through the skin throughout the body and the body's own temperature rises up to 3 ° Celsius. Through this process, all metabolic activities are increased, the circulation is boosted and the body's defenses are naturally strengthened.
Tips for the first sauna visit
• It is important to note before each trip to the sauna that sauna and hurry do not match. For each sauna visit enough time should be planned to relax and recover properly.
• Only a bath towel and sandals should be taken into the sauna. All jewelry should be removed in advance, because they are burning hot and could cause injury. It is also better to leave the glasses outside and to fall back on contact lenses, because the visual aid would fog immediately.
• Most likely, it should be avoided to go hungry in the sauna or to eat before lusciously, as this is not optimal for the circulation. Likewise, alcoholic beverages should not be drunk during a sauna session.
• Those who come out of the hot sauna should not jump directly into the swimming pool, but first slowly cool off in the water and then start to swim.
• On average, 1 and 2 liters of body fluid are lost when you take a sauna, which should then be returned to the body as quickly as possible. This is best suited for still mineral water.
What is the ideal sequence of a sauna session?
Before entering the sauna should be thoroughly showered to rid the body of any sweat. Then dry well, so that the sweat in the sauna is not affected by the residual moisture.
At the beginning, a bath towel should be placed in the sauna room on the middle or highest bank, on which the sauna porter can either sit down or lie down. A sauna visit should at best consist of two or three sessions of sauna. The body needs between 8 and 10 minutes to get up to temperature, but should the heat feel uncomfortable before, the gait should be started earlier.
After the first sauna session, we recommend a cool or cold shower followed by an air bath and a 20 minute rest period with hydration. In order to protect the circulation during cold showers, it is recommended to run the water first over the right ankle, over the leg and the arms, and then continue with the left side from top to bottom. Afterwards the sauna can be visited again for 12 to 15 minutes.
Generally it is better to sit in the sauna than to lie down. As a result, not only is the circulation more stable, but the pores also open better. At the first visit to the sauna you should rather use the lowest benches, as it is less hot there.