Saunas have been used for thousands of years and are still popular today. A sauna can help people to unwind and relax, and it may have other health benefits.
We boast separate ladies and gents saunas. Of Finnish design, these have been custom built to suit our environment and area of location.
Traditional Finnish saunas usually use dry heat but Westerners prefer a steam room (Turkish style) type of experience so saunas are equipped with stoves and a water bucket to enable patrons to create steam by the addition of water to the stoves coals.
Sweating has long been used as a therapy. The Mayans used sweat houses 3,000 years ago, according to Harvard Health Publications. In Finland, saunas have been used for thousands of years, and 1 in 3 Finns still use them.
When a person sits in a sauna, their heart rate increases and blood vessels widen. This increases circulation, in a similar way to low to moderate exercise depending on the duration of sauna use.
Heart rate may increase to 100-150 beats a minute while using a sauna. This may bring some health benefits.
Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain.
Reducing stress levels
As the heat in a sauna improves circulation, it may also promote relaxation. This can improve feelings of well-being.
Improving cardiovascular health
The reduction in stress levels when using a sauna may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular events.
While studies may be promising, sauna use should not replace an exercise program to keep the heart healthy. There is more evidence to support the benefits of regular exercise.
A dry sauna dries the skin during use. Some people with psoriasis may find that their symptoms reduce while using a sauna, but those with atopic dermatitis may find that it worsens.
People with asthma may find relief from some symptoms as a result of using a sauna. A sauna may help open airways, loosen phlegm, and reduce stress.
In 2016, researchers from Finland published findings of a 20-year study that linked sauna use with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Sauna Useage:
a. The sauna is to be booked at reception for the time you wish to sauna. The sauna will be heated for 30 minutes and will then be switched off.
b. Shower before you sauna.
c. Do not eat in the sauna.
d. Wear a swimsuit or suitable attire. Two hourly safety checks are conducted by male and female staff members. Be sure you are covered up.
e. Sit on a clean towel.
f. Clean your seat before and after use.
g. Do not wear outdoor shoes. “shower shoes” (example: clean flip flops) permitted.
h. Do not exercise/shave/wash/exfoliate in the sauna.
i. No body lotions/oils/gels/creams or any other type of substance which could be a slip hazard, is to be used in the sauna.
j. Do not leave the door open.
k. Do not place any flammable items near the stove.
l. Do not exceed 10 minutes per session. There is a timer to assist you.
m. Only one person permitted in the sauna unless you are close contacts or all parties agree to share the sauna.
n. If you are new to the sauna experience, do not exceed 5 minutes, sit on the lower bench and do not lie down.
o. Do not use the sauna if you are pregnant, have a skin disorder that is aggravated by heat/humidity; are suffering from a skin infection, have an open wound or have respiratory disorders (including cold/cough/flu), suffer from a heart disorder, have abnormal low/high blood pressure or circulatory problems; are a diabetic, suffer from excess fluid retention or epilepsy or are prone to fainting spells or dizziness.
p. Do not use the sauna if you are undergoing medical treatment without the prior consent of your physician.
q. Never use the sauna whilst under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
r. If you have had a heavy meal, wait at least 4 hours before entering the sauna as not doing so could cause nausea and vomiting.
s. Do not pour excessive amounts of water on the coals. It is a sauna not a steam room.
t. The sauna cannot cure a hangover. On the contrary it will dehydrate you, making you feel worse.
u. Do not leave anything in the sauna.
v. All articles of jewellery such as bracelets, watches and rings should be removed before entering the sauna.
w. If feeling unwell, leave the sauna immediately.