Are you a new sauna user? Here are some safety tips
June 6, 2018 – At Olympic, we’re big fans of regular hot tub and sauna use for your health and well-being. I’m always here ready to give you all the wonderful reasons for taking a sauna of late, but it occurred to me this morning that it might be nice for me to also give you some safety tips on sauna use—especially if you’re a newbie.
When you’re ready to begin regular sauna sessions, here are some things to think about before taking on the heat.
- First, always check with your healthcare provider to be sure you will tolerate the high temperatures in a sauna. A lot of new info has been released about the benefits of sauna use related to helping with high blood pressure and heart health. However, if you already know you have heart issues to contend with, best to find out from your physician if sauna sessions can be part of your health regimen. If high heat is a concern, an infrared sauna might be tolerable.
- If you’re a male, do note that high heat for extended periods can impact sperm count. If you’re working on creating kids, you might want to hold off on regular sauna sessions. If you want to incorporate sauna use, make sure you take a break for about 4-5 weeks to allow your sperm production to return to normal levels before embarking on family planning.
- If you have sensitive skin, think about sitting on a towel or linen seat cover to protect your bum from the heated wood. You might want to do the same for your back against back rests. We also have back rests available made of Abachi wood. This wood, from the Gold Coast of Africa, is especially well-suited for sauna use, as it remains cool to the touch in high heat.
- If you’re using a traditional steam sauna and want to douse the sauna heater rocks with water to get some good steam going, take care not to touch the parts of the sauna bucket that are metal to guard against burning. Also, ladle water slowly onto the rocks to prevent any sudden steam bursts against your arm or face.
- Hydrate!! You will sweat a lot during the sauna session—and that’s a very good thing! You’ll get rid of a lot of toxins and feel terrific. BUT—you need to be sure you’re replenishing those fluids with water, so you don’t become dehydrated.
You’ll love making sauna sessions part of your daily life. I know I do! These reminders will help you embark on sessions that will be healthy and safe. Get ready to feel the heat!