If you are living with tight, painful muscles because of stress, illness, or a new or old injury, the thought of a nice hot sauna room probably sounds really good right now. However, the benefits of a sauna go far beyond just relaxing muscles.

Detoxification

You may be surprised to learn that your body contains hundreds of toxins, including pesticides, drugs, dioxins, and solvents. One way to get rid of these toxins, which can do great harm to your body and immune system, is to sweat them out. When you use a sauna room, you can get rid of a quart of sweat in about 15 minutes, and that includes a lot of toxins!

To make the most of your sauna and get rid of as many toxins as possible, you might try surface stimulation. Surface stimulation is when you lightly scratch or tap the skin on your stomach, back, legs, or arms. This opens up your pores even more, releasing even more toxins. The trick to surface stimulation, many say, is that as soon as you get out of the sauna you should immerse yourself in cold water so that your pores quickly shut.

Cardiovascular benefits

It is said that sitting in a traditional sauna has many of the same effects as a mild exercise routine. It is a mild workout for the heart, and sitting in a sauna can improve blood flow by dilating the capillaries. Researchers even say that saunas can help patients with congestive heart failure.

Other sauna benefits

Many people suffering from chronic fatigue, mild depression, rheumatoid arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, and skin conditions find that traditional saunas provide relief.

Whether you have cardiovascular problems or other health issues, or you just need to find a sure-fire way to relax, a sauna can help.