Health Benefits of Saunas
- April 03, 2023
Dr Peter Attia is a Canadian doctor, who has received notoriety for his work on health and longevity, and he has identified sauna bathing as a beneficial practice for boosting vitality. Through Dr Attia’s exploration of the available research on the benefits of sauna use, he has produced some recommendations on how best to use sauna bathing to maximise health and longevity.
Dr Peter Attia believes that the benefits seen with saunas may be very similar to the benefits seen with exercise, and explains that the data is robust in support of heat therapy. Dr Attia advises that dry saunas are used for 20 minutes or more, four times a week, at 80 degrees Celsius.
This is why it is extremely convenient and beneficial to have a home sauna, because it allows you pretty much constant access to heat therapy, and the benefits it provides.
Dr Attia explains that sauna activity seems to mimic cardio vascular activity, perhaps partly because sauna bathing increases your heartbeat u
- March 17, 2023
In Britain we tend to think of saunas as being for celebrities and health gurus, but in Finland almost every home has a sauna, and it’s been that way for thousands of years. 95% of Finns use the sauna at least once a week, and if you speak to them, they consider home saunas in the same way we consider bathrooms and kitchens: ESSENTIAL!
Sauna bathing offers a multitude of health benefits and is an effective way of detoxifying the body. Saunas can also help reduce inflammation, relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, and have been proven to improve circulation and heart function, which is believed to reduce the risks of hearts attacks and strokes.
- December 09, 2022
How can colour therapy complement the health benefits of an Infrared Sauna?
Is colour therapy a new concept?
The use of colour for healing purposes can be traced back to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks who all recognised the potential healing powers of light from the sun. Temples and sun filled rooms were built to harness this light.
The visible light spectrum is seen in the Chakra system, representing energy centres within the body. Each chakra is related to a colour of the light spectrum, linking the lowest part of the body to the low colour frequency red, up to the crown chakra with the highest frequency colour violet.
- October 14, 2022
Traditional or Infrared?
How do you want to feel in the sauna? What environment sounds more suited to you? Does one offer an element that suits your lifestyle more? What will you use your sauna for?
This post explores the differences in Traditional and Infrared saunas.
What is at the heart of a sauna?
The heart of the sauna is what powers your sauna.
Traditional saunas, also known as Finnish saunas, conventional saunas or steam saunas can be traced long back in ancient history. At its heart, a sauna heater containing sauna stones aids in the distribution of the heat. The bather controls the environment within the Finnish sauna via a thermostatic temperature control, as well as the ability to pour water over the hot stones to create bursts of steam, which significantly elevates the humidity inside the Finnish sauna room.
- April 25, 2020
Now, perhaps more so than any other time in our recent past, the global community views health as the ultimate wealth. As the pandemic takes hold, we understand now more acutely than ever before how important it is to protect and maximise our health. While there is a myriad of ways to increase the body’s ability to protect itself from illness, this article will focus on the natural way that raised body temperature is the automatic response of the human species, and other vertebrates, to fight viral and bacterial infections, and quite literally boost the immune system. This blog will also attempt to examine the similarities between naturally induced fever, and artificially raising body temperature through routine sauna use.
The healing power of artificially induced fever has been well documented throughout human history. In ancient Egypt, Greece, the Roman and Persian Empires, as well as the first half of the 19th century, fever therapy was utilised for its healing effects. Fever t
- January 04, 2017
A year after publishing a 20-year study that linked regular sauna use to longer life and improved cardiovascular health, the University of Eastern Finland have now published a new piece of research from the same sample group of Finnish men who took part in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Study (KIHD). This latest research is now associating regular sauna bathers with a 66% lower risk of dementia.
Like the previous study, this latest set of results also took two decades to produce as KIHD researchers monitored the sauna habits of over 2300 men of middle age. The study assigned the participants into three categories, grouping them by high, average and below average saunas usage by Finnish standards. Men who visited a sauna between four and seven times per week were found to be two-thirds less likely
- August 03, 2016
This month the BBC’s award-winning documentary maker and science journalist, Dr. Mike Mosley, took part in an experiment to test the benefits of heat therapy versus exercise. The experiment was prompted by a 2015 medical study in Finland which showed that regular sauna usage can not only improve your cardiovascular health but also reduce the risk of associated cardiovascular diseases and even extend your overall lifespan. Mike put together a group of volunteers to test out the theory for the 2016 Summer special of ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ on BBC2.
The programme found that the body’s energy expenditure increase
- January 06, 2016
Why do New Year’s resolutions always have to be something of a chore? Surely there must be a better way of improving our health and wellbeing?
Typically, we give up on our New Year’s resolutions far too early and find ourselves slightly less healthy and feeling less motivated each time the 1st of January appears on our calendars.
I’m speaking from experience here; last year I gave up caffeine for a week. The year before that I dragged myself into the drizzling darkness for a run along the canal at least twice before calling it a day.
This year I’m more determined than ever to improve my health and wellbeing, but I know myself, it has to be something I actually want to do if I’m going to make it a successful endeavour.
I started my new career at Aqualine in December and I was amazed to quickly discover how beneficial regular Infrared Sauna use can be for your health and wellbeing. I had no idea that Infrared Saunas ca
- February 24, 2015
Research from the University of Eastern Finland has indicated that men who regulary use a sauna, particulary those who are middle-aged have a 50% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease as those who do not. This was shown to be the case in men who only had a single sauna session a week.
Regular daily sessions appear to lower the risk of death by any cause by as much as 40%. The longer the amount of time spent in the sauna was shown to enhance health benefits with more than 20% offering the most protection.
The research followed 2,315 men aged 42 to 60 from eastern Finland over approximately 21 years and compared the death rates between those individuals who visited a sauna once a week and those with more frequent use.
During the follow-up period the researchers recorded 190 sudden cardiac deaths, 281 fatal cases of coronary heart disease, 407 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 929 deaths from ‘all causes’.
The risk of