Saunas, steam baths and sweat lodges are baked into cultural traditions for many people across the globe, from Native Americans to Koreans to Scandinavians. And saunas themselves come in different permutations — for example, Finnish-style saunas are typically built from wood and known for their dry heat, while steam rooms fill with moist vapor, and more modern infrared saunas often use light panels to generate heat.
The thought of stripping off one’s clothes and bathing or sweating in close proximity to several strangers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet in countries where saunas or hot baths are integrated into daily life, the general public appears to be reaping the benefits.
While eating healthy and exercising often can help you live a balanced life, there may be a missing piece to the puzzle. That piece has been credited for relieving stress and stimulating collagen production in the skin, and is, like any wellness craze worth its salt, endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The latest craze in the health game is here: Meet the infrared sauna.
Dosing yourself with bursts of pressure, called hormetic stress, can help your body and mind weather tough times
A study finds the risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest, heart disease and cardiovascular disease dropped with frequent sauna use
The popular spa treatment is certainly relaxing—but its purveyors make a lot of false claims.
Saunas offer a medication-free way to relax and socialize, and recent studies show health benefits too: sitting in an enclosure where a wood stove or electric heater has pushed temperatures of 195 degrees or higher can ease chronic stress and muscle pain and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other serious ailments.
Research tracking 2,000 Finnish men for decades suggests regular use gives protection from heart attacks, strokes and other conditions.
Anew research review has plenty of good news for people who love a good sauna session: Studies overwhelmingly suggest that the relaxing habit is also a healthy one.
Some experts think it can help you build strength and endurance.
You can’t detoxify your body in a sauna. But you just might get a runner’s high, a spiritual experience or a workout for your heart.
Things are hotting up in the world of sauna research. Previously, anecdotal claims of possible benefits were rarely backed up by medical evidence. But recent studies have shown that taking a regular sauna can be extremely good for your health – alleviating and preventing the risk of common acute and chronic conditions.
Sweating in small hot rooms has been a wellness staple for centuries. But don’t believe everything you hear.