Among the many benefits listed below, massage is also a great way to relieve everyday stress
and to have an overall feeling of well being.
- Back and Neck Pain
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Increase energy levels
- Increase range of motion
- Circulation problems
- Increase muscle and skin tone
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Removing toxins
- Improve sleep
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
According to many health professionals, sauna benefits include…
- Immune system strengthening
- Improved blood circulation
- Enhanced detoxification processes
- Skin cleansing and rejuvenation
- Tension and stress relief
How a Sauna May Help You Detoxify
Raising your body’s temperature helps it kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
Dr. Lawrence Wilson has done tons of research and testing with saunas. In his book, Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing, he wrote that heating your body several degrees causes increased circulation as your body fights to stay at its basal temperature. This helps dislodge toxins, especially from areas that are hard to reach (like teeth, bones and sinuses).
Liver and kidney functions may also improve by taking saunas.
How a Sauna Benefits Your Immune System
You may have heard that taking a sauna creates an artificial ‘fever’.
Your immune system is always active, but a fever causes it to kick in to high gear.
What follows is an increase in your body’s production of disease fighting allies like white blood cells and antibodies.
Read more about how a sauna helps your immune system here.
How a Sauna Benefits Blood Circulation
As your body increases sweat production to keep cool, your heart works harder pumping more blood at a greater rate. This actually provides many of the conditioning benefits of aerobic exercise.
Please understand that saunas cannot replace exercise, but the heat does provide an environment that causes a profound cardiovascular response.
Dr. Andrew Weil is a highly respected holistic practitioner and true expert in health and wellness.
In an article that he wrote, he said that the sauna heat pumps up blood circulation near the skin and enhances sweating.
He quoted the Finns as saying that a sauna can elicit about a quart of sweat an hour.
Dr. Weil encourages sweating because it helps your body rid itself of harmful material and improves circulation.
Good Blood Circulation Helps:
- Transport nutrients throughout your body
- Eliminate toxins
- Improve heart, liver and kidney function
- Improve virtually every function in your body
Enhanced Respiratory System
Steam saunas open up the airways, stimulate discharge of mucous from the throat and lungs and prevent mucous membranes from drying out. All of these factors allow individuals to breathe easier.
Strengthened Immune System
The steam in a steam sauna opens up pores, allowing the skin to sweat out toxins that could cause illnesses. The high temperature of a steam sauna causes an artificial fever, which sends a ‘wake-up call’ to the immune system and increases an individual’s white blood cell count.
Steam opens up the pores of the skin, allowing impurities and toxins to flush themselves out of the body. The steam also hydrates and moisturizes the skin, making steam saunas particularly beneficial to people with dry skin.
Increased Blood Circulation
The heat in a steam sauna causes blood vessels to expand, which, in turn, increases blood circulation. This increased circulation is thought to provide many of the conditioning benefits of cardiovascular exercise.
Steam saunas induce perspiration, which is how the body purges itself of toxins and impurities. The heat of the steam causes the body’s temperature to rise, which can help kill any virus, bacteria, fungus and parasite in the body.
The heat from the steam warms and relaxes tense muscles. This relaxation helps to reduce stress levels, revive mental clarity and improve overall physical and emotional health.
Yoga is extremely effective in…
Yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised.
Increasing Lubrication of the Joints, Ligaments and Tendons
Likewise, the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body. Surprisingly, it has been found that the body which may have been quite rigid starts experiencing a remarkable flexibility in even those parts which have not been consciously worked upon. Why? It is here that the remarkable research behind yoga positions proves its mettle. Seemingly unrelated “non-strenuous” yoga positions act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner. When done together, they work in harmony to create a situation where flexibility is attained relatively easily.
Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body
Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate – that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.
By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed aging, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
Excellent Toning of the Muscles
Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccitiy.