There is no one right way to take a sauna. Most people prefer to be nude in the sauna, but you can wear a bathing suit or wrap a towel around you if you feel more comfortable. Being naked is not to imply anything erotic, simply a way to gain the most benefit from the experience.
To get the most of the sauna
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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. Splashing water on the benches has a cooling effect, since the evaporating water will take heat out of the air.
How long can I stay in a sauna?
Enjoying a sauna is a personal thing. Listen to your body and do as you feel best. 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. Dr. 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 is key.
How many times a week can I use the 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.