Unlike swimming pools and hot tubs, saunas rarely require maintenance. Aside from periodically cleaning the floor, you can leave saunas alone entirely. All types of sauna heaters – electric, gas and wood – have few moving parts and rarely break down.
- Help rid the body of toxins. Saunas are a great way to naturally expel impurities. While taking a sauna, the body sweats out harmful toxins, such as nicotine, lead and mercury.
- Soothe sore muscles. Saunas temporarily relax muscles and relieve arthritic pain.
- Reduce stress. Saunas cause your body to release endorphins, which help reduce stress and increase your energy level.
- Help to maintain healthy skin. Saunas open skin pores, relax facial tension and promote cellular growth by bringing nutrients to the epidermis.
- Improve circulation. Sauna heat brings blood closer to the skin and increases blood flow to the body’s extremities.
- Increase metabolic rate. With regular sauna use, you burn hundreds of calories per session and can increase your metabolic rate over time. However, this doesn’t mean saunas are a good dietary supplement. Nearly all weight lost in the sauna is water weight, which quickly comes back.
- Relieve sinus congestion. Saunas offer temporary relief from symptoms of the common cold, including sinus congestion and throat ailments.