Discover the Health Benefits of Sauna Therapy: Enhance Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

If you’ve ever spent time in a sauna, you’ll know firsthand the blissful relaxation it offers, as well as the afterglow that follows you for the rest of the day. But did you know all the mental and physical health benefits that saunas can bring?

If you’ve ever spent time in a sauna, you’ll know firsthand the blissful relaxation it offers, as well as the afterglow that follows you for the rest of the day. But did you know all the mental and physical health benefits that saunas can bring? From enhancing your recovery and immune system to nurturing your sleep and mental health, a sauna is more than a luxury, it’s a sanctuary and the foundation for your holistic wellness.

Physical Benefits

Help boost your circulation

By raising your body temperature, you’ll automatically raise your heart rate, helping blood to move around your body more efficiently and your organs function properly. It will help to heal any wounds or injuries faster, keep you mentally sharper and your heart healthier.

Cardiovascular benefits

Your sauna will give you the same cardiovascular benefits as medium-intensity exercise, without even having to move. Which means it’s perfect for anyone with impaired mobility, the elderly or the disabled. Regular sauna use can help to modulate your autonomic nervous system and reduce blood pressure. 

Anti Inflammatory

Saunas can help you to counter chronic inflammation, the main driver of diseases of ageing, like Alzheimer’s and cancer. Decreasing your circulating levels of inflammatory markers may benefit your overall health too.

Boost Longevity

Frequent sauna users are 40% less likely to die prematurely, regardless of their age or lifestyle factors, and 66% less likely to develop dementia.  

Relieve chronic pain 

If you suffer from long-term pain, saunas can help! The heat can improve elasticity in muscle tendons which can help relieve pain. It can also help with tension-style headaches by alleviating the muscle soreness that contributes to them.

Muscle mass benefits

Your sauna time can slow muscle wastage which impacts the elderly, or those with muscle wastage conditions. It can also enhance the release of growth hormones if you’re trying to build muscle.

Improved recovery

Saunas after exercise can help to improve your recovery and reduce any soreness by opening up your blood vessels and relaxing your muscles. 

Mental Health Benefits

Stress reduction

One of the quickest and easiest benefits to feel, the relaxation induced by time in the sauna can have an immediate and dramatic effect on your stress levels. Cutting yourself off from the rest of the world, your phone and taking some time out for yourself is a huge benefit of sauna bathing.

Sleep better

In one study, 83% of respondents said they slept better after a sauna session. Poor sleep can have a negative effect on your mental health, your ability to handle stress, anxiety and make decisions.

Ease depression

Saunas increase our production of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a naturally occurring protein in the brain that lowers your risk of mental diseases and improves your mood. Saunas can create an immediate antidepressant effect for people with severe depression.

Alleviate symptoms of ADHD

Norepinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter in the brain that can help with focus and attention. Sauna use can significantly increase norepinephrine levels and the body’s ability to store it for later release. Medications that increase norepinephrine levels are often prescribed to people with ADHD, so research has suggested sauna as an alternative treatment for ADHD.

Mindfulness 

A sauna is a great opportunity to engage the senses and focus on the moment. Feeling the sensation of the heat, and your sweat, the sound of the fire, the steam as water hits the rocks. It can be a moment to connect with yourself and your breath with no distractions.

Whether you’re looking for physical revitalisation, symptom management or to take better care of your mental health, a sauna will help you to create a sanctuary where you can prioritise your wellbeing. Incorporating regular sauna sessions into your routine will bring a host of health benefits, whether you’re doing solo sessions or sharing your sauna space with friends.

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