Post-workout, what measures do you take to relax, rejuvenate, and reward your body? Designer, Christine Da Costa, consults with Anna-Marie Vetta of SaunaCore, to learn more about what a sauna is, how it works, and what health benefits it can offer.
First of all, what is a sauna?
Saunas are generally a room finished in wood, with a concentrated heat source of some kind. The heat source can either be hot rocks, like a traditional sauna, or the infrared, which uses light to create heat.
What are the health benefits?
The health benefits of using a sauna really are wide-ranging, including weight-loss, improved circulation, pain relief, stress relief, and chemical detoxification. For anyone with arthritis or migraines, a sauna can provide gradual relief, by soothing nerve endings and dissolving tension. Heat has also been proven to release endorphins, which can be helpful for those suffering from chronic stress, depression, or even insomnia. Finally, using a sauna can lead to a stronger immune and cardiovascular system, by encouraging the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
What kind of features are available?
A sauna with a rounded or curved design can provide concentrated heat exposure, encompassing the entire body like capsule. Specifically for infrared saunas, colored, LED lights are in incorporated in some models, which impact specific organs and body systems.
What’s trendy in the world of saunas right now?
One prominent trend is the dual sauna, which uses both the hot rock and the infrared methods to heat the contained space. This provides a versatile mix of high heat intensity, (via the hot rocks), and a softer, longer lasting heat, (via infrared).