A little sweat never hurt nobody. In fact, a little sweat is a seriously effective way to reinvigorate your body and soul, which probably has a lot to do with why saunas are such a huge trend rn. It helps that these days saunas are no longer oversized sweaty, smelly wooden boxes, but chic with a capital C. Need proof? Just take a look at Bondi’s Nimbus & Co.
But modern saunas aren’t just an upgrade physically, but scientifically, now using infrared technology. “A traditional sauna uses convection and conduction to heat the surface of your skin and the air around you. Infrared saunas, however, use infrared heat which can’t be seen by the naked eye but it gives off what’s called radiated heat, penetrating deep within your tissues, muscles and cells,” explains Nimbus owner Su Tuttle. “Unlike traditional saunas, the air in an infrared sauna is a lot drier making it easier to breathe. This form of slow heating makes infrared saunas a much more comfortable experience than a traditional one.”
Both boast plenty of health benefits, it’s just that one (infrared) is more gentle than the other; “Traditional saunas have been used for thousands of years and have relaxation and cardiovascular benefits,” says Su. “However they have a tendency to dehydrate you a lot faster and can also be a bit unbearable at times. Infrared saunas are deeply therapeutic and have a wide range of health benefits. The good thing about infrared saunas is you can get the therapeutic benefits at a much lower temperature.”
So what exactly are these benefits? Well, here are the top 5:
INFRARED SAUNA BENEFITS
A good old sauna sess will have you saying bye bye to toxins. It’s a literal purge of the body, helping to flush the likes of lead, zinc, copper, nickel and mercury that’s been absorbed through food and environment alike. As a by-product, detoxification also helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, preventing future illness and increase overall vitality. Oh, and it’s also one seriously effective way of getting over a hangover…
Did your ears just prick up? Intense temperatures force the body to work harder to maintain its core temperature, which means an increased heartbeat and blood flow, leading to an increase in our metabolic rate (keeping up?). In most cases, the body’s metabolism rises by roughly 20% which brings you one step closer to becoming a lean, mean fat-burning machine. Pre-warning: This does not mean you can eat all the Domino’s you want.
Sitting in a sauna doesn’t just stimulate a lil bit of sweat, but those happy chaps endorphins. Just like we all learnt in Legally Blonde, endorphins make you happy, but they also produce a slight sedative effect on muscles, helping to minimise muscle pain, soreness, and ongoing conditions like arthritis. This is great news for the gym junkies among us; hobbling about after squat day can now be a thing of the past.
Perhaps not so for the claustrophobic, but spending time in the sauna is generally rather relaxing. Infrared saunas, in particular, have been shown to help the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol; the ‘fight or flight’ hormone produced in the adrenal glands. The more stressed you are the more cortisol your body produces, which can lead to increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and holding on to excess weight around your belly. But not so with regular sauna time, which not only controls naughty cortisol but helps to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety to boot (yay).
Forget about forking out a small fortune on skincare; all you need for a glowing complexion is a good sweat it seems. The heat that comes courtesy of an infrared sauna helps to improve blood flow and circulation, pushing nutrients and oxygen more successfully around the body. What exactly does this mean you may ask? Plumper, more hydrated, younger-looking flesh that can make you look as though you’ve had a good 8 hours sleep rather than a night spent lost down a YouTube black hole. Of course, through sweating, a sauna can also eliminate breakouts and acne; an infrared sauna will purge your skin of those pesky toxins and clean out those clogged pores, lessening scarring. It can also help to alleviate common, more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and even eczema.
So with that in mind, who else is ready to sweat?