The high temperature of a sauna causes vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, producing an effect similar to the physiological response elicited by moderate exercise. When core temperature and heart rate are elevated, the body is forced to work hard to bring the system back into balance. After just a few minutes in the sauna, soon after you begin to sweat, your blood vessels dilate and circulation improves, cardiovascular function and metabolism are boosted, endorphins are produced, and your immune response is stimulated.
Improve Physical Health
Research suggests that sauna therapy has many potential benefits for physical health, including reduced muscle tension and joint stiffness, improved circulation and cardiovascular function, skin rejuvenation, stimulated immune response and metabolism, and improved endurance, flexibility, and athletic performance.
Sauna treatments can help reduce stress, relieve depression and anxiety, and improve clarity and mental focus. During the long cold Vancouver rainy season, relaxing in an infrared sauna is the next best thing to taking a sunny beach vacation.
Infrared sauna sessions have been shown to help with insomnia. Like the sun, the human body also emits waves in the infrared spectrum, which we experience as gentle heat when we touch. And like human touch or spending the day in the warm sun, the gentle heat of an infra-red sauna is naturally relaxing and has a soothing effect on us. Take a sauna and sleep like a baby!