It’s time to relax from your day and let the soft infrared heat wash over and soothe your entire body. Sweat away the stress. Relieve sore muscles. Re-energize every cell of your body while you increase circulation, strengthen your heart and bring nutrient and oxygen rich blood to the surface of your skin and all your vital organs. Here are a few tips to get the most from your sauna experience. Happy bathing!
It’s the most important rule of sauna use. Most of us don’t drink enough water as it is. To get the most out of your sauna you must sweat! Your body is only going to be able to sweat out as much water as you give it. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and drink that number of ounces in water daily. Drink, Drink, Drink at least a pint to 3 pints of water before, during and after your sauna session.
Wait at least 1 – 2 hours
After eating before beginning a sauna session. This allows your body to attain the best overall results, since blood is not being diverted for digestion.
No skin lotions
Do not use skin lotions or oils before or during your sauna session as this will inhibit sweating and clog up pores. As a side note: your skin lotion is wasted if used before or during your sauna. As you drip sweat, lotion will run and it can get in your eyes. It’s quite a messy business, it’s much better to wait until after you’ve cooled down and showered before applying your favorite skin lotion.
Find the right time for you!
There are lots of right times to enjoy your sauna session. Sauna sessions are enjoyed to get the day started or the capstone of a long day. Saunas sessions can be quite beneficial in starting an exercise routine or ending one. A short sauna session is often better than no sauna session.
Lightweight shorts and a t-shirt are ok. Swim suits are better. “Birthday Suit” is the BEST. More skin exposure is certainly preferable as it’s easier to wipe away sweat.
Towels, Towels, and more towels
How many towels you bring into the sauna is up to you. You will probably appreciate having one towel to sit on or lay on. One towel to help wipe off and absorb perspiration as it accumulates on your body so that you sweat more. One towel placed under your feet to catch any perspiration that might otherwise fall to the sauna floor.
Set your sauna temperature to 125-155 degrees F to warm up the sauna. When the sauna reaches 110-120 degrees F, it’s time to begin your session.
By stretching your arms, legs, neck, back area, etc. during your sauna session you can achieve increased body flexibility, range of motion, and reduce chronic stiffness and problem areas. Massage congested and “knotty” muscle areas to help alleviate soreness, pain and tightness. Massage the area around old injuries to help bring more oxygen to the damaged area. This will assist in bringing improved healing to old injuries.
When you finish your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. Sit or recline with a towel or robe around you for about 5-10 minutes, or until you cease perspiring all together.
Once you have cooled down it’s time to take a warm shower – exfoliate your skin to thoroughly clean and remove sweat residue, old skin cells and any toxins that have risen to the surface of your skin. Once your body is thoroughly clean, cool the shower to help cool down your body completely and close the skin pores.
Are temporary symptoms associated with eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections or metabolic changes in the body. They are an important function of all deep healing methods. These short lived “flare-ups” are generally mild and are positive sign that deep healing is occurring. Symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, odors, and fatigue. If you are experiencing a healing reaction, drink water and lie down and rest until the symptoms abate.
You may not sweat a lot during your first 2-3 sauna sessions. This is normal for many people, as they haven’t had a recent history of sweating, and it takes a few sessions to “retrain” the body/ lymph system to do what comes naturally. Over time, you will begin to sweat more quickly and at a lower temperature setting as your body adjusts to your regular sauna routine.
Listen to your Body
Take care not to overheat during your first few sessions. If you feel lightheaded, have a queasy stomach, or start to get a headache, terminate session immediately. As the body continues to adjust, sweating can increase dramatically and body temperature regulation becomes more effective.