The Healing Power of Saunas

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Healing Power of SaunasGoing to as many health expos as I do, I appreciate walking through the exhibit halls and seeing the latest developments in health-boosting technology. That was the case years ago when I got to sit in a small sauna made with special cured wood and an electrical system that was perfect to install right in your own home.

 

The reason is that saunas are an excellent healing tool. Saunas help to flush toxins out of the body though the skin. Not only can sauna treatments help with integrative cancer treatment and prevention programs, they help to promote weight loss, skin integrity, and a stronger immune system.

 

So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to discover I could afford my own personal sauna right at home. I picked out a spot in what was then my unfinished basement, and had one sent to me. As you can see in the attached photo, it’s even big enough for two people. After I got my sauna, I even got so carried away, that I finished off the area for some exercise equipment and a small shower!

 

Now, I use the sauna at home nearly every day. I use it after exercising, to relax before bed, or if I feel as if I might be fighting anything flu-like. I head in there with a towel for my face, wearing my old familiar sweats from my football and wrestling days, so my body discharges water even faster.

 
I like to set the sauna at 92 degrees, sit a bit, and gradually max it out at 114. I select something to read and spend a half hour or more, but it has taken me time to get to that temperature and duration. (In fact, my sauna even has a CD player for my “Zen” music.) Those with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure can use saunas, but should do at lower temperatures and for very short time periods (5-10 minutes). 


I purchased the far-infrared kind sauna because of the even moist heat distribution. In fact, last year I found a portable fold-up sauna, which I got for my daughter who lives in a condo, and she loves it. So, whether you use a sauna at your local YMCA, health club, or right in your own home, just know that I consider them a Sinatra Smart Tool for your optimum health.

 


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