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Relaxation Tips and the Importance of Relaxation

Sauna and Relaxation

Take a moment. 

Take a deep breath. 

Breathe into the count of four and exhale.

Relax.  

In a swirling and chaotic world, we sometimes need to be reminded to breathe, to take a moment, and to relax. 

The definition of relaxation by Oxford Languages  is “the state of being free from tension and anxiety.” Doesn’t that sound nice? And a little hard to achieve? Life is busy and stressful, and it can be hard to take time for ourselves. However, research shows that relaxation is crucial for our psychological and physical health and wellbeing. 

Here’s why:

When our bodies and minds are given space to relax…

  • Heart rate and respiration rate decreases
  • Anxiety lowers and we sleep better
  • Muscles relax
  • Blood pressure drops
  • Long-term and short-term pain is relieved
  • Energy increases
  • We are all around happier and healthier

This is where your sauna comes in. 

Our definition of relaxation at Almost Heaven Saunas is “sauna.” Just sitting in a sauna, allowing the heat and steam to rush over you is our perfect form of relaxation. Your body will calm, tension will lessen, endorphins will be released, and the stress of the day will seem far, far away. 

There’s a myriad of other ways to find relaxation (Bonus: all can be done in a sauna!):

  • Drink water or another non-caffeinated beverage
  •  Listen to music
  • Meditate
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Journal 
  • Read a novel 
  • Do yoga or stretch 
  • Enjoy nature

 

Enhance the relaxation of your sauna routine even further by using essential oils, upgrading to a vista rear window in your barrel sauna, or adding colored LED mood lighting for a bit of Chromotherapy

 

Take a deep breath.

Exhale.

Go take a sauna. 

 

Sources and further research:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/relaxation-technique/art-20045368

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/13/science/relaxation-surprising-benefits-detected.html#:~:text=In%20many%20patients%20with%20chronic,blood%20pressure%20and%20cholesterol%20levels.

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2209

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/relaxation-techniques-what-you-need-to-know