The health and relaxation benefits of saunas are widely known to some level, for example the cleansing through sweating, and improved circulation, reduced heart rate and even pain relief that the heat and steam can bring. So how users take this experience and enhance it even further? Here are some ways to enhance your sauna bathing experience.
Aromatherapy in the sauna
The steamy environment of a sauna lends itself to the use of aromatherapy. Aromatic oils are a great addition to any sauna bathing experience as they produce relaxing aromas with physical benefits, such as pine and eucalyptus which can also ease breathing at the same time as producing a fresh smell.
Did you know that colours can have a profound impact on our mood? One way to enhance your sauna is to use visual aids, in the form of painting the inside, or decorative items, to stimulate different emotions. For example, blues and greens trigger a relaxation and soothing effect, which can aid the overall experience for those using the sauna.
This may sound unusual, but inhalation of salt can help to cleanse the airways whilst also revitalising the skin. This is done using technology that generates an extremely fine salt aerosol, which is pumped into the cabin with the heat of the sauna and inhaled through the steam. This can boost the immune system, and relieve symptoms of hay fever, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
It can also benefit those who experience sleep problems, depression and skin problems, as the dry salts clear the airways, act as a disinfectant and reduce inflammation, and gently exfoliates the skin. Adding salt to your sauna using a specialised system can therefore significantly enhance your sauna use.
You can also get specialised oxygen systems which allow you to breathe in additional oxygen using a mouthpiece whilst using your sauna. In combination with the natural decrease in heart rate and ease of breathing from the steam your sauna produces, this can increase oxygen levels to enhance concentration and relaxation, leaving you feeling energised.
Take a look at The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Companyâ€™s full range of saunas on our website today, or give us a call on 0208 300 4003 to find out more about how you can customise and enhance your own sauna.