If you are considering a traditional sauna for your home, the next question you must ask is what type of traditional sauna you are interested in. Any discussion of the top home sauna options without a discussion of variations of traditional saunas would be cut short.
Traditional Saunas have many of the same health benefits discussed above. Importantly, because of the increased temperature of a traditional sauna. Some of these other benefits are amplified to an even greater extent.
These are Some Health & Wellness Benefits of Traditional Home Sauna
A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body is a response to gentle, persistent heat. Well-documented and proven day-in and day-out by people all over the world. This is why more and more doctors are recommending its purifying benefits.
The amplified heat increased benefits pertaining to respiratory relief. For example, for those with sinus congestion, allergies, and cold/flu like symptoms, a traditional sauna may be advantageous simply because the intense heat in the air will more expediently clear up your airways.
Like infrared saunas, the sweating caused by the extreme heat will help release toxins from your body, and provide incredible detoxification benefits. Deep sweating helps to reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemicals. So, All toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.
Improves Heart Health
In the high temperatures of a traditional sauna, skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to these increased heat levels, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and “cardiac output/circulation” increases.
Medical research has told us that the heart rate can rise from 60-70 bpm (beats per minute) to 110-120 bpm in the sauna (140-150 bpm with more intensive bathing), and can often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage.
Traditional home saunas used as weight loss tools. The sweating process itself requires a notable amount of energy. That energy is derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a bodily process that burns up calories.
Types of Traditional Home Sauna
Here’s a look at the main types of traditional home saunas suitable for your home. we’re going to discuss the differences between a traditional Finnish Sauna and a Dry Sauna and explain how it is right for you.
The Dry Sauna
Dry saunas get the hottest out of any of the types – getting up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat in these saunas is – you guessed it, “dry”, as a bucket and ladle will be nowhere to be found.
Have you ever been outside on a rainy day near the coast when the temperature gauge says its 80 degrees, but you swear it feels like 120? That is “humid heat”. Dry heat is precisely the opposite. If you’ve been in the desert in Nevada on a 105F degree day – you’ll know the feeling exactly. This is the same kind of heat which dry saunas produce, with humidity in the air often being below 20%.
Dry saunas take advantage of the conductivity of wood and use dry heat to warm up the wooden sauna. Many of the wellness benefits that these saunas produce is because of the significant heat that they provide.
Is a Dry Home Sauna Right for you?
If your favourite part of a home sauna experience is the intense heat – and you take relaxation from the heat itself, then a dry sauna may be the perfect fit for you. You will be getting numerous amazing health benefits. However, there are a few that you will be missing out on that infrared waves provide. More on this later.
The Finnish Sauna
A traditional Finnish sauna uses humidity in the air to heat up the sauna. This is the type of sauna that you would typically see have a bucket and ladle, which permits you to pour water on the heater to add increase.
Is a Finnish Sauna Right For You?
Finnish saunas do not get quite as hot as the dry traditional saunas, but they still get much hotter than infrared saunas. The average temperature of a Finnish sauna caps out at around 175 degrees F.
Importantly, the heat in a Fnnish sauna is much more moisture based than a dry sauna. Remember our example earlier of it being 80 degrees out, but feeling like its 120 because of the humidity? This is the type of heat that traditional saunas produce.
In the End
If you are using a sauna with extreme temperatures, then a traditional home sauna better fit for you. However, if you have made the decision to go with a traditional sauna, you must also consider whether you want a dry, or wet sauna.