TIPS FOR ENJOYING YOUR SAUNA IN THE CORRECT WAY
There are some steps to follow to enjoy an unforgettable sauna. First, however, it is crucial to know the main cautions to make the sauna experience rejuvenating and thoroughly positive for the body and mind.
First, one should never go to the sauna on an empty stomach or, on the contrary, too full; it is better to have a light meal, such as cereals, yogurt, or fruit. Another important thing is to provide the body with a reserve of fluids to facilitate sweating by drinking, for example, hot herbal tea, unsweetened and carbonated drinks, but especially non-alcoholic ones.
Before entering the sauna, it is appropriate to thoroughly cleanse your body with soap and warm water and dry it. Your feet should be warm. Having completed these steps, you can enter the cabin, naked or covered with natural fiber towels to help your body sweat.
Now let’s explain how to enjoy a sauna properly. The first phase, called warm-up, usually lasts 5 to 8 minutes.
Next, in the cabin, you can lie down or sit with your legs bent and your feet at the same height as the seat. In addition to the position, your state of mind also matters: that is why we recommend trying to relax and enjoy all the relaxation triggered by the warmth of the environment.
At first, the air in the sauna can be kept dry. Later you can pour water on the hot stones inside the cabin, increasing humidity and, consequently, sweating.
Afterwards, in the last two minutes, you can normally sit with your feet down to readjust your blood circulation to the upright position.
After this stage, you exit the sauna slowly to avoid pressure drops or dizziness.
THE SECOND STAGE: COOLING
The sauna does not end with the first heat bath, but continues afterward with cooling down. Here, too, there are some rules to follow. According to the classical Finnish method, you should take a short bath in ice water, which can be replaced by a shower, with cold or lukewarm water, to be taken by waiting at least two minutes after leaving the sauna.
On the other hand, if a soaking tub is provided, the advice is to soak in the water gradually with the whole body, taking care to submerge the head last.
This whole cooling phase is very useful to raise the tone and blood pressure and thus continue with the beneficial effects of the sauna even after staying in the cabin.
THE THIRD STAGE OF THE SAUNA
The third phase involves re-entering the sauna for another 10 minutes and, upon exiting again, a cold shower. When asked how to take a sauna, experts often reply that it is not mandatory to undergo multiple sessions. In general, it is recommended to enjoy at least 3 to amplify the benefits of the heat bath.
In any case, remembering the rule of not exceeding 15 minutes per cycle, and taking a cooling break between sessions in the cabin for the same amount of time spent inside the sauna is worth remembering.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AT THE END OF MY SAUNA TREATMENT?
At the end of your treatment, lying on a couch for about 10 minutes is recommended to relax and allow the blood pressure to return to normal values.
The cooling phase should last at least as long as the heating phase.
Fluid replenishment should be done right after the end of the treatment: drinking plenty of water helps your body to get back to its natural levels of water expelled during the sauna. Herbal teas, fruit, and vegetable juices replenish fluid and mineral salt.