A WORD FROM DENISE… Sauna Therapy Sauna, a Scandinavian word, is an ancient form of dry heat therapy that has been used around the world by many cultures throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and North America. It is considered by many to be a cultural and medicinal component of social interaction and health maintenance. Modern sciences have consistently studied the health effects of saunas for decades, and in fact, have a very strong case that it can be used in the management of heart related conditions, according to a published article in the Journal of Cardiology.* At Complexions we have separate woman’s and men’s locker rooms offering steam and sauna therapy in each. Our Spa Membership offers unlimited use of these amenities in addition to our relaxation lounge, rain showers, organic tea bar, and more. When you come in for services you are welcome to use these amenities at no additional cost. If you think sauna therapy may be right for you, practice due diligence and discuss this treatment option with your health practitioner, then contact us about a Spa Membership. Please read below to learn more about the health benefits of sauna therapy. Yours in Health, Denise How Saunas Work The basic idea of sauna therapy is to heat your body several degrees. Saunas can dramatically improve circulation and relieve internal congestion. It is also said that by heating the body it helps destroy bacteria, viruses and some tumors. In addition, it assists the body in detoxification by ridding harmful toxic metals and chemicals, radioactive particles, and other toxins. The effects of a sauna session occur in two phases. The first phase, which usually is within the first ten minutes, induces light sweating as your body temperature remains approximately at basal level of 98.6 degrees. The body dissipates the extra heat by increasing circulation, shunting blood to the skin’s surface, and sweating. The benefits of phase one of a sauna session include: • muscle relaxation, which leads to increased overall body relaxation • enhanced flexibility of tendons and ligaments • minor pain relief • improved oxygenation and dilating the peripheral blood vessels • relieving internal organ congestion After about 10–30 minutes in the sauna, the body enters phase two. During this phase your body can no longer dissipate the heat of the sauna and your body temperature begins to rise. Your heart rate and sweating increase as blood is more forcefully shunted to the surface. Some of the greatest benefits occur during this phase, which include: • improved circulation due to the heart rate increase • increased body temperature is said to hasten the death of weaker cells The Benefits of Saunas • Relaxation and Meditation─The warmth of the sauna heat relaxes the muscles and nervous system. • Health Maintenance─Weekly sauna sessions enhance circulation which nourishes the glands, detoxifies the system, cleanses the skin, and offers many of the same benefits received while exercising however requires much less exertion. • Healing─Spending 30 minutes, several days a week, is believed to be a very powerful and safe healing modality. It decongests the internal organs, assists circulation, heals infections, and may help other body systems as well. After a sauna session your body temperature may remain elevated for up to 15 minutes. It is recommended to take a cool shower and to rest for ten to fifteen minutes to give your body the opportunity to restore to normal temperature. *References taken from Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing by Lawrence Wilson, MD.