Svitz. Sweat. Steam. Sauna activity is used for the purposes of community, pleasure, wellness, and relaxation. False claims from the infrared “soft sauna” and growing sweat-detox industries have led people to believe saunas help more abundant release of “toxins” or aid in weight loss. They cannot. (Citation: National Geographic, Environment International, Medical News Today.) But there are many health benefits to sauna that are well-documented.
Sauna can relieve pain
The heat from the sauna increases blood circulation. This leads blood pressure to drop, may help reduce muscle soreness, ease arthritis pain, and improve joint movement and sports injuries, stroke
Sauna can reduce stress
As the heat in a sauna improves circulation, it also promotes relaxation. This can improve feelings of well-being.
Sauna can aid health
Healthy skin, healthy heart, healthy hair, faster recovery. Sauna is known to make the immune system stronger. Some documented studies include:
Sauna use has been associated with a 50% reduction in heart and all-cause deaths in a study from Finland.
Frequent sauna reduces the risk of new and onset strokes.
Because sauna dries skin during use, some people with psoriasis have found a reduction in symptoms.
Warm sauna treatments may help treat heart failure, Japanese researchers report.
Sauna has been proven to help aid drug withdrawal symptoms in the United States.
Sauna is known to help relieve asmtha and reduce the symptoms of flu by helping open airways, loosen phlegm, and reduce stress.
Moderate to heavy use of saunas has been associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Folklore and doctor’s agree: regular sauna use multiple times a week can lead to life extension.
Sauna can give community.
Ahhh, the art of sauna ritutal. The Finnish steam bath in which the steam is provided by water thrown on hot stones is only part of it. There is a holy pattern to the process that involves community, both in jovial discussion and in quiet reflection. Drink water, bathe, breathe aromas, sweat, commune, relax, cool down. Repeat two to three times.
“Sauna Health Benefits: Are saunas healthy or harmful?” July 18, 2018 Harvard Health Publishing
“Frequent sauna bathing has many health benefits, new literature review finds” August 1, 2018 Mayo Clinic Proceedings