View Full Version : Anybody use a Sauna?
04-03-2006, 12:30 PM
There are two saunas at my gym. One is a wooden box that is like a dry heat (anybody know the name of this?) and the other is like a steamy dark tiled room with low lighting and a lot of steam (anybody know the name of this?)
is there a benefit to using a sauna and, if so, which would you recommend using??
any and all information would be hiighllyy appreciated :)
thankyooou!!!! :) :D
04-03-2006, 12:32 PM
Steam room - use both! sweat! drink good water, and rinse off after!
i love saunas! you will see and feel the benefits.
04-03-2006, 12:33 PM
do you know what types of benefits? im totally interested and want to begin to use both, but i have no idea about anything about either lol
04-03-2006, 12:38 PM
i do not know the scientific benefits, but i do know that you release toxins through the skin when you sweat - this is why it is important to shower, or rinse off, immediately after.
the sauna is just a regular dry heat sauna, not an infra red sauna, which some people on this board have talked about, that is a different thing that i have never seen at a health club.
you will see after that your skin is glowing and you will feel calm and energized. that has been my experience - i am a huge sauna/steam/sweat fan - love love love it!
remember to drink the water. massage goes well with that too, if they have massage therapists at your club. excellent way to release toxins.
04-03-2006, 12:46 PM
thanks shakti! :)
anyone else have experiences to share?
04-03-2006, 12:47 PM
the dry wooden box, is called a Sauna, pronounced Sow-nah
Not, SAW-na, as so many think.
the second is a steam room
many people find it difficult to breath in a steam room
both have benefits to your health
the dry sauna (we have a far infra-red kind) is especially great for releasing toxins from the body, also celulite becomes liquid at about 115 degrees, and a sauna usually gets your body to about 105 to 115 depending on how long you stay in there, usually 30 minutes each day or every other day is good,
you can really release toxins from your body quickly, but there are two things to remember, you MUST rinse off after a sauna or the toxins are re=absorbed into your body, and you must keep hydrated, meaning you must drink alot of water, as you are sweating it out.
the steam rooms, I've never cared for, so I don't have one or use it,
I do have a hot tub, that I love
04-03-2006, 01:07 PM
thanks for the info rawpriestess :)
i took a look at the sauna temp reading on the side, and it said 86.5 CELCIUS!!
thats around 185 farenheit!! i sat in it for 15 minutes, and it was the hottest place i have ever been in. i did sweat a LOT..but, as i was alone, i did some meditating and i didnt find it to be unbearable.
does this temperature sound right? im sure this is what the reading said, as i looked at it 3 times because i was so surprised. i thought that was so incredibly hot.
04-03-2006, 02:32 PM
I've been using my friend's infrared SOW-na (heehee) and it's amazing. Just used it again today. I believe it really is helping fat to "melt off me". And I feel so ALIVE after! I want to buy one for my house so much!
04-03-2006, 02:33 PM
you are not using a infra red sauna, this is a standard sauna, that heats up in a large heat, uses vast amounts of energy and heats up the air, which in turn heats you up,
the human body can withstand alot, however there are sauna guidelines, and my hubby could lay in 186 degrees heat for hours, he could work in that heat, I couldn't even walk into a sauna at that temp, I would propbably die of heat stroke in about 2 mintues, I like it cold wet and damp, In fact I LOVE it that way the Pacific Northwest is fine for me until summer, when it is way too hot in the 80's, to 90's
but the far infra red sauna only heats up to about 140 but it goes through your muscles, the far infra red heat penetrates your body, it's not radiant heat so it goes into the muscles, and gives you much more theraputic benefits to radiant heat and with much less energy consumption, just to let you know in case you decide to purchase one.
I think a wood fired one, would be ideal, although messy.
our sauna is in my studio, so I much prefer the cleanliness of the far infrared, plus it's beautiful
but 186 seemed high to me, but Dragggon googled it and the temps run from 160 to 190 for dry saunas, it says the human body can withstand this up to an hour, with plenty of hydration it is very theraputic, this is the guidelines for health facilities in the US and Canada.
at the women's spa in town, they have heat rooms, with salt, sand, etc,
and the highest one is 180, I can't walk into that room, I can stay in the 160 room for about 15 minutes, but the 180, is just too hot for me.
anyway, enjoy, and make sure to drink plenty of water, and wash off then rinse with coolish water.
04-03-2006, 04:49 PM
thanks for the info guys. and thank dragggon for googling that for me rawpriestess! :)
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