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Traditional Sauna Vs. Infrared Sauna: Why Traditional Saunas Are Better For Your Health

When it comes to saunas, enthusiasts often debate the merits of traditional saunas versus infrared saunas. Both offer a range of health benefits, but traditional saunas hold distinct advantages that make them our clear favourite. Let’s dive into the key benefits of a traditional sauna over its infrared sauna counterpart.

1. Cardiovascular and Detoxification Benefits

The intense heat of a traditional sauna causes your heart rate to increase, similar to moderate exercise. This cardiovascular workout helps improve circulation and can aid in lowering blood pressure over time. The high heat also induces profuse sweating, which assists in detoxifying the body by flushing out toxins through the skin.

2. Enhanced Muscle Relaxation and Pain Relief

The high temperatures in a traditional sauna penetrate deep into the muscles, promoting relaxation and easing muscle tension. This heat therapy can be particularly effective in reducing muscle soreness and joint pain, making it a popular choice for athletes and those with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Coupled with a cold plunge in-between sauna rounds, you have the perfect recovery ritual.

3. Heat Shock Proteins and Cellular Health

Traditional sauna use has been shown to stimulate the production of heat shock proteins (HSPs), which play a crucial role in cellular health. Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a renowned researcher, highlights that HSPs help repair damaged proteins, protect cells from stress, and improve cellular resilience. The production of these proteins can enhance muscle recovery, protect against neurodegenerative diseases, and support overall longevity.

4. Mental Health and Stress Reduction

The tranquil environment of a traditional sauna, combined with the high heat, promotes relaxation and stress relief. The heat helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals, which can improve mood and alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. In addition, we release a lot of the ‘stress-hormone’ cortisol while sweating.

The act of stepping away from daily stresses and embracing a moment of peace can significantly enhance mental well-being.

5. Better Sleep Quality

Many sauna users report improved sleep quality after a session in a traditional sauna. The combination of muscle relaxation, detoxification, and stress reduction helps to prepare the body for restful sleep. Additionally, the cooling-down period after leaving the sauna can help to regulate your body’s internal temperature, further promoting a good night’s sleep.

6. Authentic Experience and Atmosphere

One of the primary appeals of a traditional sauna is the authentic experience it provides. Traditional saunas use a heater or wood-fire to warm the air to high temperatures, often between 75°C to 100°C. The high heat and the ability to pour water with essential oils (a practice called Aufguss) on hot stones to create steam create a unique, immersive environment. This ritualistic aspect, combined with the soothing sounds of water sizzling on the rocks, enhances relaxation and promotes a sense of well-being.

7. Social and Cultural Connections

Traditional saunas have a long history and cultural significance in many parts of the world, from Finland to Russia to Japan. Participating in our wood-fired sauna sessions is a social activity, and with our 1h time slots are aimed at fostering a sense of community and connection. Sharing a sauna experience with others can enhance the overall enjoyment and provide an opportunity for meaningful conversations and bonding.

Are you ready to experience the incredible benefits of a traditional wood-fired sauna right in the heart of Auckland? Book in for one of our sessions now.