Sauna baths have been in use since ancient times, at least two thousand years. In most modern versions, saunas are small rooms with wooden interior that are heated to temperatures between 150 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Traditionally wood/charcoal was burned to provide heat, but modern saunas use a variety of heating methods, discussed below.
Most modern sauna rooms have temperature controls to increase or decrease the temperature, and some also have rocks that absorb and give off heat. They usually have a bucket and ladle to pour water on the rocks to create more steam in the room.
Whether you go to a sauna once a week or once a year, you should know that sauna bathing has various physical and mental health benefits. It helps relax muscles, reinvigorate the skin, and reduce stress. It has also been helpful in relieving minor pains. Furthermore, there have been many findings that suggest that sauna bathing dilates the blood vessels, increasing the blood circulation throughout the body. In fact, some studies have found significant increases in lifespan due to sauna use.
Sometimes people even sweat more in saunas than in a gym. However, most people don’t know how to use a sauna properly. To make the most of your sauna experience, you need to know how to prepare for a sauna bath and take some basic precautionary measures.
This article will be your complete guide on sauna baths. Read ahead to find out about the different types of saunas, how to use a sauna, and some precautions to take before using them.