The benefits of saunas and steam baths are widely reported. Heat therapy helps to relieve stress and improve health overall. Perspiration stimulates circulation, soothes tired muscles, reduces nervous tension, and promotes healthier and more beautiful skin. You’ll probably get a better night’s sleep, too.
Here are some other benefits to sauna bathing:
- Gives a cardiovascular workout and helps condition the heart by increasing heart rate and improving circulation. Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
- Soothes and relaxes tired muscles, especially before and after exercise. Heat therapy loosens the muscles and relaxes the body. Many massage therapists use heat to provide more thorough and effective treatment.
- Cleanses skin: Sweating opens pores in the skin and flushes unhealthy toxins, loosens and expels dead cells, softens the skin and clears the complexion. The result: a more beautiful you.
- The body eliminates most toxins naturally by sweating and heat therapy speeds up this natural process. Heat therapy stimulates the sweat glands, helping to cleanse and detoxify the body of sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel). Excess moisture and subcutaneous fat can be reduced, as well.
- May help to relieve allergies and sinus congestion.
- During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, sauna bathing can burn as many as 300 calories during each session, which is equal to running 2-3 miles and taking a brisk walk. There is a slight effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels to expand, thus accommodating increased blood flow.
- The main risk with sauna is staying in too long and fainting from overheating. People who are most susceptible to this are those with heart disease or who have been drinking alcohol. If you experience dizziness, problems with breathing, or a general feeling of ill-health, leave the sauna immediately.
- It really isn’t a good idea to combine drinking with a sauna. Alcohol works as a depressant, where the blood moves slowly and the nerve endings are literally shutting down. This counteracts the benefits of the sauna.
- Older people need to avoid or limit their time in the sauna. While findings are not conclusive younger people can benefit from the use of saunas as long as they follow the usual warnings. Children under 6 are not allowed in the sauna at Trimble.
- People with heart ailments or respiratory diseases need to avoid the sauna, and anyone with chronic ailments needs to check first with his or her doctor.
- Don’t eat prior to the sauna.
- Avoid drug use with sauna use – tranquilizers, stimulants, and other prescribed drugs alter the body’s metabolism and could produce dour effects in the heat.
DISCLAIMER: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or heart disease, consult a doctor first before starting a sauna therapy program.
Private Sauna Use
Reserve a sauna privately during regular hours of operation. Call for availability and reserve a time, or simply come by and request your private sauna. Rate: $10 per person/per hour for single or groups up to 8 members. Best times: early morning and late evening. Midday is okay, but we recommend these other times to enhance a relaxing, rejuvenating experience, especially during summer.