A sauna is a small building used for dry or wet heat therapy. Traditionally, saunas were used as a social experience, meant as a meeting for village members, and are still deeply ingrained in Finnish culture, where saunas are used daily. Saunas are now found in gyms, built into high-end homes, and are even offered at spas. A spacious outdoor sauna in your backyard can be yet another feature to draw guests and enjoy some socialization. Read on for even more benefits and information about saunas!
The therapeutic use of a sauna can stimulate perspiration, thus stimulating the endocrine system. Your endocrine system is responsible for waste elimination and carries toxins from the body. You come in contact with toxins in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the materials and fabrics you touch, even the cleaning products under your sink. Regular use of saunas can lower the amount of toxins in your body significantly.
Exposure to high temperatures can induce the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones responsible for your emotional state. Regular use can lower cortisol levels and combat the effects of stress on your body.
Muscle Tension and Pain
The heat of the sauna can ease muscle tension and relieve everyday aches and pains. High temperatures can help to flush the body of excess lactic acid, the acid that builds up in muscles that cause pain.
The use of sauna baths lowers cortisol levels, increases endorphin levels, and purges lactic acid. All of these other benefits can improve the quality of sleep. If you toss and turn all night, a few sessions in the sauna can get you back on a healthy sleep cycle.
The integumentary system (the entirety of the body’s skin) is the body’s largest organ. This body system’s most important function is to keep harmful substances from entering the body. Frequent sauna use promotes the health and integrity of the skin by flushing and unclogging pores. Saunas are great for glowing, radiant skin.
Immune System Boost
Increasing the body’s core temperature can trigger the immune system response, mimicking a fever. This process also increases white blood cell production, increasing the body’s ability to fight off infection and illness. If you are prone to seasonal colds, allergies, and the flu, a sauna may help you stay healthier for longer.
Routine use of saunas has been proven to lower blood pressure and arterial pliability. Studies also show that the effects of sauna use are similar to the effects of exercise on cardiovascular health. If you don’t enjoy spending your time at the gym, 3-5 sauna sessions a week can help keep your heart healthy.
Outdoor saunas and installation cost between $2,500 to $10,000. Saunas are relatively inexpensive, and the return on investment won’t be as high as other additions to your home, but they are an attractive “extra” to potential buyers.