We know that saunas are really good for our health, but why? What is all that heat and sweating doing for our body?
Besides the benefit of heat on tense and sore muscles, sweat therapy is the primary benefit of using a sauna. Sweat therapy has been around for thousands of years for both physical and mental health reasons. Technically, sweat therapy is the combination of group counseling/psychotherapy with group sweating. Group sweating is a beneficially social interaction. However, you can still experience the benefits of sweat therapy without a therapist or group.
The skin is our largest organ and sweating is the most effective way to remove toxins from the body. Saunas have been used for millenium as a proven tool effective in cleansing, relaxation, and for boosting ones general health. Sweating helps the body detoxify while strengthening its immune system. Sweat practices are similar to exercise as they cause the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Coupled with meditation or the guidance of a therapist, and sauna use can benefit your entire being from inside out.
Infrared saunas are most often used for sweat therapy as the air temperature remains much lower than in a traditional sauna, so the individual feels generally more comfortable. Sweating often begins before the person feels very hot at all and the sweating is more profuse than in a traditional sauna without the same degree of discomfort. This may make meditation or group conversation much easier.
In a group sweat therapy session, everyone works together as a unit to deal with the heat by offering towels and water to each other and showing concern for each member's comfort in the heat. These gestures of altruism become an established part of the group's culture and translate outside the group into an increased empathy with other people. Alone, you can achieve similar results by meditating or using visualization techniques. Visualize yourself surrounded by sympathetic and caring souls. Imagine yourself receiving their care and kindness and yourself returning the same.
When using your sauna for sweat therapy, always drink plenty of water and do not stay in the sauna for more than 20 minutes at a time. If you are still looking for a sauna for your home, contact us and we can set you up with a model that suits your home and budget. We also have aromatherapy and light therapy(1) products that can aid you in your therapy sessions.