A sauna is a small wooden room that is heated enough to cause sweating. Muscles warm up and soften due to increased blood flow. Metabolism speeds up and pain subsides. Relaxation sinks in as cares melt away.
Sauna is an ancient Finnish word that means bath or bathhouse. Almost every house in Finland has a sauna. When the Finns migrated to other parts of the world they brought sauna culture with them. Although sauna is a Finnish word, the Finns are not the only people who have saunas.
Saunas Around the World
In colonial times the Swedes established saunas called bastus in the colony New Sweden near the Delaware river.
Native Americans have sweat lodge ceremonies to commemorate special occasions or to prepare for certain ceremonies. They believe that the sweat lodge represents the womb, the natural elements, and is in fact, a microcosm of the Earth. The sweat lodge is usually built just prior to use.
In Thailand, new mothers spend a lot of time in a sauna tent during the month following childbirth. Steam aromatherapy with healing herbs help her body recover faster.
Russians have a sauna ritual called the banya, where they brush each other with birch or eucalyptus branches to stimulate circulation.
Some early saunas were just pits dug into the sides of hills, but later small wooden cabins were built. Each sauna had a fireplace where rocks were heated to high temperatures. Water would be poured over the rocks to create steam. These superheated water droplets surrounded bathers and raised their internal temperatures.
This is the traditional sauna that most people are familiar with.
However, there is a new type of sauna that uses infrared light waves. In fact, there is one located inside the Woodstown Massage Boutique!
Infrared saunas warm objects, with heat panels built into the walls and floor. The body is heated directly with an invisible wavelength of light. Temperature ranges from 80 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Our infrared sauna is an ideal compliment to your wellness routine, with various settings customizable to your health goals.
- Pain Relief
- Weight Loss
- Skin Health
- Cardio Workout
“Twenty five patients were treated in an Infrared Sauna for 15 minutes once a day for two weeks. They significantly lowered blood pressure, lost weight, increased blood flow and lowered cholesterol,” according to Sunlighten, a manufacturer of infrared saunas. If you would like more information about health benefits please go the this Sunlighten webpage.
Our infrared sauna is equipped with a CD player and various color light settings. Sound and color therapy make this experience truly amazing.
It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, before, during and after the sauna session. Fresh spring water is available at Woodstown Massage Boutique, we’ll bring it right to you while you’re in session!
Sauna sessions last 30 minutes. Our infrared sauna can seat up to three people. The area is curtained off and a bathroom is located close by.
The infrared sauna offers many health benefits, but may not be right for everyone. Please consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, have an implanted medical device or a cardiovascular condition. Alcohol and pain medication are also contra-indicated.
Schedule your Sauna Session
Call Woodstown Massage Boutique today to book a sauna session, 856-769-1373.
You’ll be glad you did!