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How to use a sauna

By June 30, 2015Spa

People have been using saunas all around the world for thousands of years for their physical, mental and emotional benefits. Not only do they feel amazing, they also:

  • Relieve stress
  • Relax muscles
  • Soothe aches and pains
  • Flush toxins
  • Cleanse skin
  • Induce a deeper sleep
  • Improve cardiovascular performance
  • Burn calories, and
  • Fight illness

Our sauna at Bedruthan is made of cedar wood which creates a wonderful natural aroma as the wood heats. The sauna operates at 85 degrees with a humidity level of only 10-15%. This hot, dry environment is designed to open up your pores, detoxify your skin and relax your muscles.

How to use a sauna:

When you undress, wear as little as possible in the sauna. Swimwear or a towel is best, as sweat trapped by clothing cools the body.

Drink a glass of water or herbal tea beforehand in our relaxing spa area. Take a shower, then dry off before entering the sauna.

Choose a place to sit – the higher you are in the sauna, the hotter it will be. Spread out your towel and sit completely on the towel so you don’t burn yourself on the wooden bench. If there is enough room, lie down. Otherwise, sit with your legs drawn up slightly.

We recommend that you use this room for between two – six minutes, depending on if you feel comfortable. If you are a seasoned sauna user, you can stay in between 10 – 15 minutes.

Afterwards, give yourself time to cool down for a few minutes in peace and quiet – we recommend using our cooling monsoon shower opposite the sauna, or take a dip in the indoor pool – this closes your pores and boost your circulation. Make sure you then drink plenty of water to replenish the fluid you’ve sweated out.

Spend as much time cooling down as you did in the sauna. To get the most benefits from the sauna, it is recommended to repeat this twice more (so three rounds in total) of heating in the sauna, followed by cooling down.

Afterwards you should feel revived, relaxed and you should also be blessed with a wonderful night’s sleep.

Take a look at our Day Spa Packages so that you can really feel the benefits of our cedar sauna, along with the eucalyptus steam room, bubbly hydropool and lavender caladarium.