10 Tips to Make Your Winter Sauna Session Even Better
Enhance your sauna sessions with sensations for your senses.
Cooler fall temperatures make us appreciate the sauna’s heat even more. Here are 10 ways to make your experience even more pleasant:
1. Smell. Aromatherapy oils such as fresh-smelling eucalyptus, tension-easing lavender, pine, citrus or peppermint can enhance your sweat time.
2. Strip. It’s your house. Nobody’s looking. Let every inch of your skin enjoy sweating without the bother of annoying fabric.
3. Hum. Enjoy your sauna’s music and entertainment system, maybe with some soothing or meditative sounds. You can meditate while you sweat, but don’t lose track of time.
4. Pamper. Buy the best 100% cotton Turkish towels you can for the soft touch while you dry off. If you need to scrub away dead skin, use a loofah.
5. Check. If you have heart problems or other conditions that might not do well with heat, ask your doctor before you sauna.
6. Hydrate. Drink water. Not alcohol, at least until after. Alcohol dehydrates and lowers blood pressure, while the sauna raises blood pressure.
7. Wait. Don’t sauna after a big meal, although if you’re hungry a piece of fruit is OK before your sweat. Afterwards, you won’t feel as hungry as usual, and lighter eating can help you lose weight.
8. Strip. In case you thought that meant clothes only, let’s be clear: take off all your metal jewelry – rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, whatever – as well as contacts. The metal in your jewelry could actually heat up and burn you while you sweat. And don’t take your phones or gadgets with you, either.
9. Shower. You could roll in the snow for a Finnish finish to your sauna session. Or take a cold shower for similar skin stimulation that rinses away sweat and closes the pores.
10. Relax. Enjoy that mellow time after sweating. Ease back into your schedule; don’t jump into a big project or a long run. You’ve been hot. Now chill.