A sauna to help with the winter chills

Written by on November 10, 2013 in Beauty, Body & Mind, Salons & Spa's, Wellbeing - Comments Off on A sauna to help with the winter chills

The winter weather has started to kick in. Gone are the days when you can put your feet up in the garden for a rest after work. So what can you do to relax? Why not try a sauna?

The oldest known saunas were Finnish, made from pits dug in a slope in the ground and primarily used as dwellings in winter. Saunas often feature a fireplace where stones are heated to a high temperature. Water is thrown over the hot stones to produce steam and to give a sensation of increased heat.

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So what are the benefits of saunas?

Saunas relieve stress.
Not surprisingly, sauna bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. The heat from the sauna works as a perfect way to counteract those winter blues.

Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints.
The heat increases blood circulation. This increased blood flow in turn speeds up the body’s natural healing process via soothing any aches or pains.

Saunas flush toxins.
The intensified perspiration help cleanse our bodies of unnecessary toxins.

Sauna cleanses the skin.
Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and health strategies in terms of cleansing one’s skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced – keeping your skin in good working condition.

Saunas can induce a deeper sleep.
Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins, body temperatures, which become elevated in the late evening, this slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep.

Saunas can help fight illness.
Perhaps you have a nasty cold from this weather? Then why not try a sauna? The increase in blood cells due to heat helps fight viruses. The steam vapor action also helps to clear up unwanted congestion and clears the sinuses.

So if you’re feeling full of cold or just want to feel some warmth in these winter months then try a sauna.

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Christina Latham

Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha