Sauna Health Benefits

The sauna is an ancient practice that is featured in many diverse cultures around the globe. Traditionally, saunas and sweat lodges had religious or ceremonial value to most cultures they originated in. Today, we use continue to use saunas because of this residual cultural heritage, but also because they feel both relaxing and invigorating in all seasons. The physiological effects of the sauna are more than just an indulgence, however; to this day, medical researchers are continually discovering new health benefits that saunas can provide.

If there’s one thing that all saunas—wet or dry—have in common, it is that they cause you to sweat. In fact, in the extreme temperatures a sauna produces, your sweat glands can excrete a quart of sweat in just fifteen minutes—as much as the average person will sweat in an entire day! This achieves an intense cleansing effect, flushing many of the chemicals, toxins, and waste products suspended in your fat cells. Alcohol, nicotine, pesticides, preservatives, household cleaning supplies, and car exhaust are just some of the pollutants we draw into our systems everyday living in the city. Sweating it out in the sauna is a simple, luxurious way to cleanse yourself.

Saunas also have demonstrable benefits for your cardiovascular health. Because your heart rate elevates as your body adjust to the heat, a 20-minute visit to the sauna is similar to a bout of light aerobic exercise. Meanwhile, the heat dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow as well. Although the extreme conditions of the sauna can be dangerous for those with high blood pressure or risk of heart disease, research has shown that moderate daily sauna visits actually reduce blood pressure in 13 out of 15 patients with congestive heart failure.

Last but not least, the relaxing effects of the sauna turn out to have measurable influence on physical and psychological health. Saunas have been shown to help with chronic fatigue, mild depression, musculoskeletal pain, and certain skin conditions. Reducing stress can also help with your cardiovascular health by minimizing the level of inflammatory cortisone in the bloodstream. Not to mention that happiness and a feeling of satisfaction are their own reward. We encourage you to experience this venerated tradition at the Chicago Sweatlodge.

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Monday10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tuesday10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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