There have been numerous articles regarding the health benefits of rest and relaxation from a sauna or jacuzzi. All with good reason, is their anything more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat every day? Tension fades. Muscles unwind and we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for whatever the day may bring. A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body’s response to gentle, persistent heat is well-documented and proven day in and out by people all over the world.
A Sauna or Jacuzzi Can Relieve Stress
Not surprisingly, sauna, jacuzzi and spa bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. The word “spa” is an acronym for the Latin “Salus Per Aquam”, which literally means “health from water.” Ancient cultures – including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans – used spas for therapy and relaxation. In more recent times, natural hot springs around the country were a popular vacation destination for those who could afford the indulgence. Spas and hot tubs have changed dramatically since the days of soaking in natural mineral spas – but the reasons they feel just as good today remain the same. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. Heat bathing in a spa provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside. The heat from the sauna relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins.
Spas rest muscles and soothe aches & pains
Endorphins are the body’s all-natural “feel good” chemical, and their release provides a mild, enjoyable “tranquillising effect” and the ability to minimise the pain of muscle soreness from an intense physical workout. When your body becomes hot, several subtle physiological processes occur. First, blood flow is increased and the warming of your blood causes your blood vessels to dilate. Blood pressure is subsequently reduced – often in as little as 20 minutes. This increased blood flow in turn speeds up the body’s natural healing process by soothing aches and pains. After participating in physical sports, use the warmth of a spa to promote muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension and eliminate any lactic acid build up that may be present.
Jacuzzi’s are equipped with nozzles of various sizes producing different pressures – all designed to target particular portions of your body some will focus on certain portions of your back and to the sides of your spine while other jets will aim for your legs and feet. Like a trained masseuse, the spa’s jets will soothe your sore muscles.
Cleanse your skin
Heat bathing is one of the oldest forms of cleansing one’s skin. When the body begins to produce sweat, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced – keeping your skin in good working condition. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality. Bathing skin on a fairly regular basis, deters collagen breakdown that can ultimately result in wrinkles and sags. By continually flushing body waste through individual cells, one eventually brings back vitality, tone and a healthy glow to the skin.
Saunas can induce a deeper sleep
Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna or spa use. In addition to the release of endorphins, body temperatures fall at bedtime it’s this slow relaxing decline in endorphins which is key in facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna bathers worldwide recall the deep sleep experiences that they feel after bathing the the calming heat of a sauna.