After seeing the Nordic people enjoy their special moment of wellbeing in the sauna even during their summer holidays, many of you have surely asked themselves whether it is okay to have a sauna in summer, when the outside temperatures are already very high. It is commonly believed that the Finnish sauna is only beneficial during the coldest months of the year, to warm the body in mild or cold temperatures. In fact, the Finnish sauna has multiple benefits for the body regardless of the outside temperature. Let’s find out why.
The benefits of the Finnish sauna in summer
Our body is active throughout the whole year – and the benefits of the Finnish sauna, particularly enhanced when alternating its dry heat to intense cold, are ever valuable. It strengthens the circulatory system, enhances skin oxygenation – making it look brighter, boosts the immune system – making it less likely to fall ill, facilitates the elimination of toxins and heavy metals in the blood, relaxes the muscles and helps sleep.
In addition, there is another important factor that few people know. The dry heat in the sauna trains our body to better withstand the sultry heat of summer. Why? Because the sauna helps train the thermoregulation – which is the ability to maintain the vital organs at a constant temperature of about 35°-36 °C. If we train our body to keep these parameters balanced, it will be easier to maintain them in the extreme heat of summer, which will become more bearable as a result.
Some useful advice from our spa trainer to make the best out of your sauna experience in summer
- Stay in the sauna for about 8-10 minutes – a slightly shorter session than in winter
- Use a fresh fragrance, such as lemon or rose, to add to the water to pour on the hot stones of the stove
- Wear the cotton or boiled wool bonnet even in summer to protect your head from the heat
- It is very important to drink fluids both before entering the cabin, but especially after the session. It is necessary to reintegrate the liquids by drinking water, extracts, lemonade, herbal tea and by eating fresh fruit and vegetables.