HOW TO TAKE A FINNLEO STEAM SAUNA
FOR MAXIMUM BENEFIT
Here are some tips that will help you get the most benefit from your Finnleo traditional (steam) sauna session.
- SHOWER FIRST – Wash off lotions, sweat, etc. before sauna bathing.
- TIMING – Plan for at least half an hour of uninterrupted time, preferably an hour or more, so you have ample time to relax.
- HOT TIPS – Have on hand- a cotton towel to sit on in the sauna; a loofah sponge or scrub brush to remove dead skin before you sauna; eucalyptus oil; a moisturizing lotion for after the sauna; a cotton bathrobe to wear while cooling down.
IN THE SAUNA
- NUDE OR NOT NUDE – Most people prefer to be nude in the sauna, but you can wear a bathing suit (cotton!) or wrap a towel around you if you feel more comfortable. Being naked is simply the way to gain the most benefit from taking a sauna.
- HEAD FOR THE TOP – Start by sitting on the upper bench.
- HOT TIP: Always sit on a towel to absorb sweat and keep your sauna clean.
- ADJUST TO THE HEAT – Take a few deep breaths to relax. Let the heat permeate your body, open your pores and relax your mind.
- ADD MORE STEAM – Throw water on the stones of the heater to release steam which will make the room feel hotter
- TIMING – Start with 5-8 minutes Stay until you have enjoyed a good sweat. Listen to your body.
- HOT TIP – If you start to feel overheated, leave the sauna. Sweating helps the body rid itself of excess sodium, drugs and some toxins, thereby reducing the workload of the liver. It also improves general circulation.
- STEP OUT – Cool down and perhaps take another shower.
- HOT TIP: Round two: go back into the heat taking your time to relax and enjoy the warmth. Stay for an additional 8-10 minutes.
- SHOWER – Shower to clean yourself from the sweat. A cold shower is really refreshing. If you can stand it, an icy cold shower will make your whole body tingle and feel alive.
- TIMING – Allow time to cool and dry properly before getting dressed or you will continue to sweat in your clothes.
- REST – Follow your sauna with a rest.
- HOT TIP: Drink a glass or two of water to rehydrate.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TAKING A STEAM SAUNA
- The temperatures in a sauna can range up to from 120° – 200° degrees. You can keep the air relatively dry, or sprinkle water over the stones to increase humidity.
- Do not let the air become completely dry, since it could be harmful to your respiratory system.
- HOT TIP: Splashing water on the benches has a cooling effect, since the evaporating water will take heat out of the air.
HOW LONG CAN YOU STAY IN A SAUNA?
- Enjoying a sauna is a personal thing. Listen to your body. For the first time, we suggest that you stay in for a few minutes, depending on the temperature. After cooling down for a few minutes, go into the sauna again and stay a bit longer, maybe five to ten minutes. Alternate time in the sauna with a cooling shower.
- Andrew Weil, author of many books on health, recommends taking a sauna regularly for the many health benefits. He advises that 10-20 minutes total is usually enough.
- Caution: if you have high blood pressure or heart problems check with your doctor before using. The main risk of a sauna is overdoing it-you can faint from overheating. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and maximize the benefits.
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK CAN YOU SAUNA?
- If you are reasonably healthy, you can bathe in a sauna as often as you like without worrying about health effects.
- As with taking many showers, frequent sauna bathing may dry your skin. You will probably want to use a moisturizing lotion after your sauna.
- HOT TIP: A study on Finnish men published in 2015 (link) reported that men who took more frequent traditional saunas had lower rates of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrest.