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What Happens to Your Body Inside a Sauna?


Ever wondered what happens to your body inside a sauna? 

A renowned pastime in Finnish culture dating back thousands of years. Saunas are one of the top methods for detoxifying the body from harmful impurities. Presenting a wealth of health and wellness benefits from increased blood circulation to improved cardiovascular health, the effects of sauna bathing on the mind, body, and spirit are truly marvellous. If you’re in the market for a sauna or just curious to know how they work, keep reading to learn more. 


Traditional saunas use dry heat, typically warmed between 150 – 200° F to induce heavy sweating. The standard practice is to sit in the heat for 10-20 minutes, interspersed with periods of cooling off, before repeating the cycle again.  


Saunas using infrared technology, use infrared light to heat the body directly, rather than by warming the air surrounding you. Normally warmed between 100 and 150° F, the penetrating nature of the heat makes you sweat more profusely and rapidly than a traditional sauna. Sessions in an infrared sauna can last up to 30 minutes. Just be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after your time in the sauna. 


Increased Circulation 

While in the sauna your metabolism and pulse rate increase, blood rushes to the skin’s surface, vessels dilate and become more flexible, and your circulation increases. In fact, research suggests that the physical effects of using the sauna are similar to the effects of regular physical exercise. 


Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify your body. It rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals, like lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium. as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds. 


Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help your body release endorphins. The “feel-good drug” allowing you to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Infrared saunas have also been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system. It puts you in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state allowing your body to heal. 

Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness 

The deep heat of far infrared saunas helps peripheral blood vessels dilate. This brings relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Infrared heat also reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibres are heated. 

Improve Skin 

The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in your sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells. This leaves the skin glowing and immaculately clean. You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh colour. 


Now that you know what happens to your body inside a sauna, why not visit the experts at Wellness Shop and sweat test a home sauna? We offer a range of Jacuzzi® infrared saunas in our showrooms across Ontario. They can be found at locations in Hamilton, Burlington, Whitby, and more. Contact your closest Wellness Shop dealership to learn more! 


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