Hot News: Sauna Your Way To Fast Headache Relief

Finnelo Infrared sauna with woman reclining arrows show movement of heatHot News for Headache Sufferers

Sauna sessions can relieve stress-induced headache pain, researcher shows.

A New Zealand researcher has demonstrated that sauna sessions can ease the tension headaches that result from stress. Saunas, unlike pills which only mask pain, actually deal with the pain source. The heat of a sauna can have the same effect on body chemicals released by stress as a workout.

Giresh Kanji, who noticed that people in warmer climates get fewer headaches, devised an experiment for his Ph.D. thesis on chronic pain. Longtime daily headache sufferers who took three 20-minute saunas a week for two months reported that the intensity of their headache pain was reduced by more than 40 percent.

“If you look at the incidents of anxiety, depression, headaches and migraines, they are less in the tropical climates,” Kanji said. “That’s why saunas are adopted in colder countries and people do find them useful. The mechanics of their effectiveness have always been explained as getting rid of toxins through the skin, but you’re only losing salt and water.  What happens inside your body is the most important.”

About half the population suffers tension headaches occasionally, and some 4 percent suffer them chronically. As with exercise, the added heat can trigger headaches in some people. For them, an infrared sauna, which uses lower temperatures to generate the sweat, can avoid the problem while providing the benefit.

Sweating away your stress makes you feel better, physically as well as psychologically.  Since we don’t have a home in the tropics, a sauna can bring the healing tropical warmth into our home!

Thanks to Bronwyn Torrie and Fairfax, NZ News. 

The good sweat starts with a Finnleo Sauna from Olympic Hot Tub

Finnleo Logo


Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Seattle
  • 2500 Westlake Ave N. Suite A
    Seattle,  WA 98109-2262

    (206) 286-0700
    1-800-448-8814

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Everett
  • Nielsen Center
    121 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite D
    Everett, WA 98208-3260

    (425) 355-3937
    1-800-448-8814

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Fife
  • Fife Business Park
    4803 Pacific Hwy E, Suite 4
    Fife, WA 98424-3440

    (253) 922-1477
    1-800-448-8814

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Issaquah
  • Pickering Place Shopping Center, Suite # 105
    1151 NW Sammamish Road
    Issaquah, WA 98027-8937

    (425) 369-6177
    1-800-448-8814

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Lacey
  • Freedom Point Plaza
    8100 Freedom Lane NE, Suite E
    Lacey, WA 98516-4751

    (360) 455-1234
    1-800-448-8814

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Woodinville
  • 17622 140th Ave NE
    Woodinville, WA 98072-6800

    (425) 892-9769

    Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions

  • Service & Outlet Center
  • 1307 W Valley Hwy N, Ste 101
    Auburn, WA 98001-4110

    (206) 431-2876

    Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    See Showroom  |  Get Directions