Health Benefits of i3 Studios Saunas

The Health Benefits of Saunas

For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have been using saunas and are proponents of their alleged health benefits, including cleansing, relaxation, and weight loss. In Finland, for example, there are roughly 2 million saunas for the country’s 5.2 million people. (Healthline)

What is a Sauna?

A sauna is typically a room heated to between 70° to 100° Celsius or 158° to 212° Fahrenheit. Traditional Finnish saunas usually use dry heat, with a relative humidity that is often between 10 and 20 percent. A sauna use can raise the skin temperature to roughly 40° Celsius or 104° Fahrenheit.

Types of Saunas

Wood burning: Wood is used to heat the sauna room and sauna rocks. Wood-burning saunas are usually low in humidity and high in temperature.

Electrically heated: Similar to wood-burning saunas, electrically-heated saunas have high temperatures and low humidity. An electrical heater, attached to the floor, heats the sauna room.

Infrared room: Far-infrared saunas (FIRS) are different to wood-burning and electrically-heated saunas. Special lamps use light waves to heat a person’s body, not the entire room. Temperatures are typically lower than other saunas, usually, infrared saunas are about 60° Celsius.

Wellness Benefits of Sauna

Relaxation: Stress reduction is the number one reason most people use saunas. A sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside. The heat relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s “feel good” hormone.

Pain Relief: Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain. Since the blood vessels relax and dilate in a sauna, blood flow increases which can help reduce tension in the joints and relieve sore muscles.

Improve Cardiovascular Health: The reduction in stress levels when using a sauna may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular events. Sauna use may also be associated with lower blood pressure and enhanced heart function.

Improve Skin: When the body begins to produce sweat in a dry sauna, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced. Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve circulation while giving the skin a softer-looking quality.

Our authentic Finnish saunas use only the highest quality of materials and can be purchased as an integrated stand-alone solution or as part of our Neom Wellbeing Studio.

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