A sauna offers a quiet, tranquil retreat from the world where you can relax and recharge. Regular sauna use also supports your body’s natural stress regulation processes. Raising your core temperature reduces the levels of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) in your system while at the same time releasing feel-good endorphins.
Using a sauna dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to the skin, helping regulate blood pressure and improve circulation. Regular sessions have a direct, positive impact on cardiovascular function and heart health – and the benefits increase the more often you go.
Beyond the immediate ‘bliss’ state, regular sauna use has a positive stabilising effect on mood-regulating hormones. With only a few sessions per week, saunas can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, with preventative benefits lasting for several weeks.
A sauna routine is a great way to improve the quality of your sleep. As your body cools after a session, it releases tension through your entire muscular system and allows you to return to a true resting state. This reduces levels of ‘hyper-alertness’ and can help restore a healthy sleep cycle.