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How to Use Sauna Rooms A Definitive Guide


The use of a steam room or sauna has gained importance in recent times. If anything that can relax muscles; revitalize the skin; improve blood circulation; or ease mental stress, it has to be a sauna.

Due to its custom   capabilities, and  due  to  the  fact that most spas  and  sauna  rooms  are  public  facilities, it is imperative to to take proper safety measures before stepping inside.

Here is a definite guideline as to how to use a sauna and a steam room properly:

Step 1:

The first thing you need to check out is whether the steam room or sauna is meant for both men and women. If it is co-ed, then there will be a requirement of a bathing suit. Those facilities that come up with separate rooms for men and women may establish a bathing suit optional rule. No matter which option you choose, it won’t be too much of trouble to bring a towel and wear sandals into the steam or sauna in order to shield any bare skin from the hot seating area and also protect it from the sweat produced by other users.

Step 2:

The heat in steam rooms and saunas causes the body to sweat, often in great amounts.  So, be sure to take plenty of water to avoid being dehydrated inside. Remove any lotions or cleansers by having a shower. Don’t forget to check out your body for any metal (jewelry and zippers, for example). It would prevent it from heating your body when it quickly heats up in the facility.

Step 3:

Stay inside the sauna as long as your body can endure the heat. If you begin to feel uncomfortable or dizzy, your heart keeps pumping rapidly, you should come out of it immediately. Initially, you won’t be able to stay more than 8 to 10 minutes in the facility. The duration is enough to cause your body temperature to rise and produce sweat without causing negative physical effects such as dizziness or increased heart rate.

Take a break and cool off for a while, if your body permits, do spend another 5 to 10 minutes inside. While in the sauna or steam room, don’t try to regulate or adjust the temperatures on your own. Speak to the employee to adjust the temperatures if the facility does not seem warm enough.

Step 4:

Resist the urge to jump into a cool pool or shower right away. Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes and let your body adjust to cooler air temperatures in order to avoid putting your body through shock when you enter the pool or shower.  Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Step 5:

It is also important to know when you should avoid these facilities. During pregnancy, it is important to stay out of these facilities. Increasing your body’s temperature to that extreme can cause damage to the fetus. Additionally, it won’t be right to use the facilities if you have been drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs. Those who are under age 18 should also avoid using sauna rooms. For people having circulatory problems, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, or any other conditions, using sauna is not the right option.
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