Did you know that here at Living Elements we have a fabulous health tool very common in health clubs and spas- the sauna!
Because they’re just about everywhere, I think we lose sight of the importance of saunas on our health. There are several different kinds of saunas in the world. Scandanavian saunas from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the like can run extremely hot, up as high as 160°F, while American saunas run significantly cooler. Traditional saunas are worked by pouring water over very hot rocks to create steam. Infrared saunas are becoming more and more popular, which helps the air stay cool while heating you from the inside.
Here at Living Elements we have a traditional type of sauna. It is easy to operate and run (just remember to turn it off after use!) and the walk-in shower is right next door for a cleanse and clean up. Use it cold or tepid initially them warm for the full health effect.
There are many ways to utilize a sauna, too! It’s good for relaxation. It’s good for social interaction, as you often join a group in a sauna. It can help you develop spiritually, and it can help you heal. In this post, we’re focused on the healing aspect.
The health benefits of saunas are universal, no matter the kind you’re using. A sauna raises the body temperature 1 to 4°F within the first 10 minutes of being in the sauna.
During this first 10 minutes (phase 1) of sauna therapy you can expect the following:
- 1. Body temperature remains at basal level
- 2. Inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system (which is the system that controls our reaction to stress and “fight or flight” responses)
- 3. Reduced heat production
- 4. Improved oxidation
- 5. Dilation of peripheral vessels
- 6. Decreased internal organ congestion
- 7. Relaxing of the muscle and
- 8. Increased flexibility of tendons and ligaments
The heat promotes death of weaker cells, so the following cells die in heat:
- 1. Cancer cells
- 2. Bacteria, fungi and parasites
- 3. Cells infected with viruses
- 4. Cells with damaged DNA
- 5. Cells that have radioactive load
- 6. Cells that are toxic
- 7. Cells that have heavy metals
- 8. Other defective cells
Saunas also increase the alkalinity of the system, and plays a part in normalizing the acid-alkaline balance. Why is this important? Well, alkalinity is determined by the balance of mineral. Toxins usually acidify the system by impairing circulation and allowing the accumulation of acid end-product. On top of all that, many bacteria and viruses secrete acid. Kill off the bacteria and viruses, you automatically lessen the acid load!
Saunas also relieve internal congestion.
Congestion of blood in vital organs decreases oxygenation and increases CO2 (carbon dioxide) and other toxins. Normal cells thrive on oxygen, cancer cells thrive in high CO2, remember. Sympathetic nervous system inhibition paired with peripheral vasodilation increases blood that comes to the surface reducing internal organ congestion, and helps with detoxification. In other words, it’s a good thing for our bodies if our sympathetic nervous system (which is our fight or flight system and directs blood to the brain and muscles and away from other organs) relaxes and the other system, the parasympathetic nervous system (the “nourishing” side) becomes more stimulated. A sauna makes you relax, allowing blood to flow better to the surface, pulling toxins out of the system and pushing them out of the skin through sweat!
So what can you expect if you are in a sauna, say for 10 to 30 minutes (Phase 2)?
- 1. Body temperature rises abruptly causing weaker cells to die off
- 2. Blood is shunted to the surface and the heart rate and sweating increase
- 3. Pathogenic organisms are disabled
- 4. Resolution of infiltrates and exudes
The longer you stay in a sauna, the more of the bad cells die off. The more you detox, the more your blood flows, the deeper the detoxification happens. This is one very pleasurable, happy health tool that you can easily add to your health regime and get higher results.
I know that not everyone has the luxury of their own sauna – and there are some HEALTH CONTRAINDICATIONS that you need to read BEFORE you use it please, but whilst you stay – why not make the most of our lovely spa facilities?
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