When we are at home, all we want to do is to relax and catch up on all the things that we have set aside if we have the extra time to while away. There are many things that we can do in our home in order for us to have a relaxing time. Some just curl up in their favorite chair and read a book, some tinker in their garden, some retreat to their room for a much-needed sleep while some indulge in a home spa treatment. Another way to relax at home is to go inside your very own at-home sauna. Saunas have come a very long way through history. Presently, there are many models and variations of the sauna and its purpose and outcome are more or less the same, to provide relaxation, de-stress and detoxify.
Sauna therapy can reduce a host of ailments from our body, it helps our body to relax and detoxify. Saunas improve our health by eliminating toxins and eliminate them faster than exercise. The basis of sauna is the heat. Heat raises the heart rate and creates sweat production thus clearing the toxins from the skin through sweat. Heat from the sauna can also alleviate if not eliminate the pain from sore muscles and arthritis. Sauna may be good but it is not for everybody. Children under 5 years old, pregnant women and people who have diseases that can be aggravated by heat are not allowed to have a sauna treatment.
Going to saunas is a great investment, health wise but it can be inconvenient if you have to go out of your way just to go to the sauna bath house. It will be wise to have a sauna in your very own home. Aside from being convenient for you, everyone in your family can also enjoy the benefits of sauna treatment. Before installing a sauna in your home, you have to decide first where you want it, indoors or outdoors. In building an outdoor sauna, there are two options. One is to use an existing structure and just add in the benches, insulation, heat source, electrical wiring, and other essentials. The second option is to build it yourself or have a professional do it for you. You can also purchase a sauna kit that comes with wall sections that can be snapped together and a roof. You have to provide the waterproof pad (concrete, tile or vinyl) and the electricity, though. There are many prefabricated models that you can choose from. Indoor saunas have similar configurations with the outdoor ones but it comes with a flat ceiling instead of a roof. Just like the outdoor ones, there are also prefabricated indoor saunas available.
There are several options for your sauna’s heat source which include wood stoves and electric stoves. Because it is convenient, electric stoves are very much in use and it is also provided with most prefabricated sauna kits. Another heat source option is the infrared heat. This type of heat is mostly tolerated by everyone because electric stove heat can be sometimes intense. Infrared uses radiation to heat the skin and air temperatures can reach up to 70 degrees but you can still be sweating because the radiation heats your skin and not the air.
Whether you choose to have your at home sauna indoors or outdoors, the benefits are still the same. Choose the one that is best suited to your taste and enjoy it for the years to come.
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