Top 10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Sauna Experience
1. USE FRAGRANCE. Aromatherapy oil such as eucalyptus, pine, citrus, lavender or peppermint can add to your experience in the sauna. The benefits of using these oils vary. Eucalyptus is the favorite scent for its clean and natural aroma. Lavender is good for tension relief.
2. GO NAKED! Wear a bathing suit in a public sauna out of modesty, but at home nude is the rule. The fabric of women’s bathing suits in particular is so insulating that you’ll feel uncomfortable very quickly in the heat of the sauna. Let every inch of skin-the body’s largest organ-reap the benefits of sweating unbound.
3. PLAY MUSIC. Many saunas have music and entertainment systems. Play something soothing or meditative. Many sauna owners meditate in the sauna and report that their best meditation is done while there. If you do meditate, be sure to time your session so you don’t stay in too long.
4. USE 100% COTTON TOWELS. Invest in the best Turkish towels you can afford. 100% cotton towels with a full loft are the best for absorbing sweat and will feel best on your skin. A loofah is recommended to scrub off dry dead skin.
5. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. Always ask your doctor before you sauna if you have heart problems or any health condition for which heat is not advised.
6. DRINK WATER. You must stay hydrated. No alcohol, please. Alcohol is not only dehydrating it lowers blood pressure while the heat raises blood pressure. Even if you’re in peak condition, it’s not wise to drink alcohol in the sauna. Save that cold beer or glass of wine for after your sauna.
7. SAUNA ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. Avoid the sauna after eating. Heavy food or a full meal and sauna bathing do not mix. If you’re hungry, a piece of fruit before a sauna will tide you over until you’ve finished bathing. After a sauna you’re not likely to feel as hungry as you normally would. Eat something light after. Do this on a regular basis and watch the pounds melt away.
8. TAKE OFF YOUR JEWELRY. Remove all metal jewelry (gold, silver etc.) before you sauna. Jewelry left on can heat up and may burn you. It’s happened. Experience being completely nude without rings, necklaces, earrings or bracelets.
9. TAKE A COLD SHOWER AFTER YOUR SAUNA. In winter, roll in the snow like the Finns do in between sauna sessions. The sensation of cold after the heat of a sauna is fantastically stimulating. A cold shower will invigorate your skin, rinse off sweat and close your pores.
10. TAKE TIME TO RELAX AFTER A SAUNA. Don’t plan to jump out and tackle a big project, go for a long run or do strenuous exercise. Take advantage of the feeling of complete relaxation. Return to your busy schedule slowly.
A final tip:DON’T TAKE YOUR IPHONE, BLACKBERRY, ETC. IN THE SAUNA and remove all jewelry before taking a sauna.
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