How to use a sauna? Saunas are a great way to relax the muscles, open up pores, and ease tension. Those who use saunas regularly are all round healthier and there are lots of reasons why. While a person sweats for example, blood distribution round the body is improved and this leads to significant health improvement.
Due to the amount of heat one is exposed to when in a sauna however, it is important to know how to use one in order to be safe and have the best results. The following is a comprehensive guide on what you should know about how to use a sauna properly.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Towel (one to lie on and the other to dry yourself)
HOW TO USE A SAUNA
#1 Find out if the sauna is co-ed (used by both male and female). If it is, then you may be required to wear a swimsuit. A sauna facility which separates the men from the women may make swimsuit optional. Whichever the case, it is advised to take a large towel and sandals along. The towel is to be placed as an interface between you and the surface you will be sitting on (the heat from the surface may be uncomfortable). Secondly, the towel will protect you from the sweat produced by other occupants of the sauna.
#2 Water is your friend here. Saunas cause you to sweat – a lot. So what you want to do before going into one is to have plenty of water in your system. Drink lots of water before going into a sauna to prevent dehydration.
#3 Do not eat heavy meals before stepping into a sauna. Too much food in your system will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend in the sauna seeing as the chances of your heart rate spiking are higher. Also, do not go into the sauna hungry.
#4 Take a shower before you step into the sauna. The reason is to clear any creams or lotions that may drip into the facility. Creams and lotions on your skin may also delay the sweating process so you want to get rid of them for best results.
#5 Remove all metal accessories such as earrings, rings, and necklaces from your body so as to avoid them burning you as they get hot from the temperature of the sauna.
#6 Check your tolerance level when in a sauna. Even though a carbon infrared sauna does not get so hot, do not remain in a sauna longer than your body can handle the heat. After a few minutes, it is ideal to take a break and return a while later. You Want to take a break if you begin to feel nauseated or faint; also, if you feel your heart rate going haywire, exit the room immediately.
#7 Begin with about 10 minutes and check your body for changes. However, if it is your first time, then exit the sauna after a maximum of 15 minutes.
#8 How often should you use a sauna? It is recommended that you do not have more than 3 sauna baths in a day. You are free to do daily baths as long as you do not stay in for lengthy periods of time.
#9 Do not attempt to change any of the controls in a sauna. If it is not warm enough, then speak to an employee about getting the heat up.
#10 When on a break, do not jump into a pool or take a shower immediately after leaving the room. Give your body 5 to 10 minutes to adjust to the new temperature. Changing the temperature drastically can cause your body to go into shock and that is not good.
#11 The sauna is not for pregnant women so if you are pregnant, you should definitely not be going into a sauna.
#12 If you have been in any recreational drugs or alcohol, you also do not want to go into a sauna. Alcohol and heat do not blend. Also, people who suffer heart problems should not be using the sauna.
With these tips, you have nothing to worry about when next you want to go for a sauna session. Using a sauna is generally an easy task as it does not require any expertise on the side of the user. That being said, it is good and expedient to abide by safety rules so as to have the best experience.
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