In one of my blogs, I talked about relaxation and massage, what it is, and what it is not, in my view. Important aspects of my work involve empowering and inspiring clients to create more well-being for themselves, which is why I would like to begin sharing some well-being hacks that have become regular habits of mine.
One of my favourite activities is going to the sauna. About 2 years ago I visited the sauna extensively, during my recovery from a back injury but it is part of the culture I was brought up with.
What happens to your body in the sauna, and why might that be beneficial?
Your muscles and tissues are warmed through and through, raising the core temperature of the body. Blood vessels, the bronchial and nasal passages dilate and relax, improving the circulation, freeing up stuffed sinuses. And the sweat coming out of your pores cleanses the skin.
The heat mimics fever, supporting the body to rid itself of infections. The metabolic effect is similar to strenuous exercise, although your muscles and joints are not stimulated in the same way. Saunas are good for exercise recovery but not a replacement for balanced and varied movement nutrition that is so essential for our well-being.
Temperatures of 75 to 90 degrees Celsius are a stressor to the body. It is therefore important to be mindful and limit the exposure to what is tolerable. Sauna times ought not to exceed 10 to 15 minutes. Traditionally, you would use a cold-water plunge pool immediately after leaving the sauna. A cold shower would also do.
For people suffering from high blood pressure or pregnant women, saunas are not recommended, best to check with your GP. It is good to rest about 10 minutes between each sauna session to give your heart rate time to recover. I tend to enjoy 3 sittings each time, which I find most beneficial for me.
What helps me most to relax is focusing on the cooling effect the sweat has when it runs down my body.
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