At Oakgrove, our sauna is a popular facility enjoyed by all our members. It’s like a warm, relaxing social room! The benefits of regular sauna use may not be widely known or understood however, so have a read.
1. Saunas are relaxing.
The warmth and quiet atmosphere are part of what makes the sauna such a relaxing experience. Relaxation will help us actively de-stress, which means we are less likely to get sick and unwell.
2. Saunas help alleviate joint pain.
Sauna heat can help alleviate joint pain particularly in those that suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Saunas also increase circulation and blood flow.
3. Saunas make the immune system stronger.
Another one of the major benefits of sauna is that it helps to create a stronger immune system. Sauna sessions help produce white blood cells. The white blood cells of the body are its medium to fight against attacking infections and ailments. As the regular users of sauna have higher count of white blood cells, they stay healthier and if illnesses occur, they heal faster.
4. Saunas promote social interaction.
Saunas provide a great place for chats. Regular social interaction is vital for all of us, and a sauna session encourages this!
5. Saunas decrease the risk of heart disease.
Studies show that men who enjoyed a sauna two or three times a week had a 23 % lower risk of experiencing a fatal episode of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, compared with those who took just one sauna a week. Men that took 4-7 sessions reduced their risk even further. Similar effects are predicted for women!
- Avoid the sauna if you have unstable angina, or have had a recent heart attack.
- Saunas may be good for those with psoriasis, but not for those with atopic dermatitis.
- Those with low blood pressure should be careful, as the sauna can further lower your BP.
- Dehydration: keep drinking water in the sauna. Avoid the sauna completely if you have taken alchohol. If you are hungover, remember to be extra careful as the sauna may dehydrate you futher. Shorten your sessions.