The sauna is a room with a high temperature, which was originally invented by the Slavs and Finnish peoples. Staying in such a place for several minutes perfectly cleanses the body, and regular visits can significantly improve health state. They also affect weight loss – in a simple, pleasant way (just sitting in) you can lose up to 3 kilograms! Here’s what you should know about the sauna!
Sauna – history and types
The sauna has been known in the world for a very long time. Its history begins many centuries ago when they were widely built by the Slavs and the Finnish peoples. Currently, saunas are the most popular in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. However, similar services can be used almost anywhere in the world.
Saunas are divided into several types
- steam (Roman bath)
- wet baths
- infrared saunas
Sauna and its health properties
Visits in the sauna can significantly improve health and reduce the symptoms of many diseases. A few or several minutes of regular rest in this room improves the well-being of people who are struggling with
- diseases with a nervous background, e.g. depression
- rheumatic pains
- arthritis and muscle tension dorsal
- obstructive pulmonary diseases such as bronchial asthma or bronchitis
- cardiological diseases such as hypertension or obstruction of peripheral arteries (stage I or II)
Sauna also improves stamina, so athletes should give it a try – to improve endurance sports performance. It also increases immunity, so if we easily catch various types of infections, we can strengthen our own body in this way. Where do all the healing properties of the sauna come from? In this case, the human body is affected by high temperature, as well as water vapour, which opens the pores in the skin. Along with sweat, harmful substances are also expelled from the body. Aromatic oils, which are sometimes used in such places, have relaxing properties and helps in de-stressing. Just relaxing in such a place is a great idea for recovery after a hard day.
Of course, due to the sauna, there are also several contraindications. The sauna should not be used by pregnant women and:
- people who have recently undergone surgery
- people suffering from an acute rheumatic condition
- suffering from tuberculosis, acute type asthma, or have a cold
- people who have had a heart attack
- struggling with venereal diseases, epilepsy, as well as ulcers and tumours
- people taking anticoagulants
Who has problems with the heart or the circulatory system, should consult a doctor before visiting a sauna. It is not prohibited, but a doctor may consider it as a contraindication in some cases. Therefore, it is best to make sure in advance that we will be completely secure.
Sauna and slimming
Sauna is an excellent remedy for cellulite – thanks to warming up and then cooling the body, blood and lymph circulate faster. Lymph does not accumulate in the tissues and is not visible in the form of an orange peel. Visits to the sauna mean that we can lose weight even 3 kilograms!
The sauna is especially valued by athletes, because thanks to it we get rid of excess water from the body, and toxins are removed with it. At the same time, however, the sauna does not affect the loss of muscle mass. On the contrary – an improvement in performance can result in better results and faster muscle growth. Of course, it is best to combine regular visits to the sauna with training and the right slimming diet – then we will achieve the best results.