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Benefits of sauna therapy explained from Toronto, Canada (while lamenting the state of the Maple Leafs hockey team).

Guest Post Series continues thanks to Nick Stokes, from Uptown Spa, Toronto Canada.

Enter Nick:

Although the saunas and the sauna therapy have been perfected during the last century, this custom exists for many centuries. It is common in Nordic countries where the temperatures often falls below zero, even during spring and autumn. Some documents suggest that there were saunas in Mexico and Guatemala as well. Nowadays, a modern spa couldn’t exist without it. They are important for many treatments although, in comparison to some other spa treatments, you need to consult with your doctor before enjoying saunas because they can have adverse effects on some individuals.

uptownspa-1Saunas represent rooms or buildings in which people experience high heat and humidity. They need to be warmed up for about 30 minutes before use. Then, the entire process is quite simple. All you need is to be inside. Treatment and its efficiency depend on how far from heater you are, how much water is thrown on heater (which raises humidity in the room) as well as how long you have been inside.

Today, people can enjoy different types of saunas including smoke, heat-storage, continuous fire, and infrared. Given its long history, each country has developed different approach to saunas over the years as well as to nudity which is present in them. Among other, saunas are becoming increasingly popular on North American continent. If you find yourself in the Toronto area and are looking for a great spa treatment, you can enjoy yourself at Uptown Spa salon.

Uptown Spa sauna, Toronto, Ontario
Uptown Spa sauna, Toronto, Ontario

As previously mentioned, even our ancestors knew about benefits which saunas can provide. They can be used for different mental issues such as depression and bipolar disorder. It is scientifically confirmed that saunas help us relax our body and through this relaxation, we are able to relax our mind as well. Sauna therapy can also assist us with different types of rheumatism such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome as well as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, obstructive lung disease, glaucoma etc. In some cases, it can even help after childbirth. Unfortunately, as most things, saunas also have their downsides. Use of this therapy is strictly forbidden for anyone suffering from high blood pressure, angina pectoris or heart issues. Logically, given that the treatment is based on high temperature, it is normal that we will lose a lot of water leading to dehydration. Also, we can expect to lose high amounts of electrolytes from our body. Anyway, it is always good to consult with your doctor before you start using sauna although the benefits of saunas usually outweigh its flaws.

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