Dry sauna and steam sauna are two popular types of sauna that offer different experiences and health benefits. The dry sauna, also known as the Finnish sauna, is characterised by high temperatures (80-100°C) and low humidity (5-20%). At the opposite pole, we have the steam sauna, or steam bath, where the humidity is very high (up to 100%) and the temperature is lower (40-60°C). Although both types of sauna promote health and relaxation, they differ in terms of environment, effects on the body and health benefits.
Benefits of using dry and steam saunas
The dry sauna has many health benefits, which are confirmed by scientific research. With high temperatures and low humidity, the body begins to sweat intensely, which helps to expel toxins. Studies have shown that regular use of the dry sauna can improve cardiovascular function, lower blood pressure, increase aerobic capacity, reduce stress and improve mood.
On the other hand, the steam sauna, with its moist heat, has its own unique health benefits. Steam is known for its skin-cleansing and moisturising properties. The steam sauna can help to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and contributes to better hydration of the epidermis. In addition, the inhalation of warm steam is beneficial for the respiratory system, helping to clear the airways and relieving symptoms such as coughs and runny noses. In the steam sauna, we also sweat intensively, which promotes detoxification of the body.
Combining dry and steam saunas
Is it possible to combine dry and steam sauna in one sauna session? The answer is yes, but it is important to understand how to do this safely and effectively.
When combining saunas, it is recommended to start with the dry sauna. The high temperature and low humidity of a dry sauna causes intense sweating, which helps detoxify and stimulates the circulatory system. After being in the dry sauna for 10-15 minutes, a break is recommended, during which you should replenish your fluids and allow your body to cool down.
Then, after a short break, you can move on to the steam sauna. The steam has a soothing effect on the skin and respiratory tract after sweating heavily in the dry sauna. It is recommended to stay in the steam sauna for 10-15 minutes, after which you should take a break again before deciding to repeat the cycle.
However, it is important to remember that everyone is different and the same sauna regimen will not suit everyone. It is important to always listen to your body and not push your limits. If you feel uncomfortable or experience symptoms such as dizziness, nausea or weakness, leave the sauna immediately.
Tips for using dry and steam saunas
To summarise the above information, there are some rules that should be followed when combining dry and steam sauna sessions.
- Always start with the dry sauna: As previously mentioned, the session should begin with the dry sauna to effectively start the sweating and detoxification process.
- Replenish fluids: Both dry and steam saunas lead to intense sweating, which can lead to dehydration. Be sure to drink water regularly before, during and after your sauna session.
- Take breaks between sessions: After each sauna session, it is recommended to take a break to relax and cool down your body.
- Remember safety: Always listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or notice any symptoms such as dizziness, leave the sauna immediately.
- Rest after your session: Once you have finished your sauna cycle, allow yourself to rest. Your body needs time to recover from the intense sweating and detoxification process.
Remember that sauna use is an individual experience and the same procedure does not suit everyone. Always be aware of your body and adapt your sauna session to your needs.