Ice sauna – what is it and what are its benefits?


The ice sauna is a modern alternative to the traditional sauna, which relies on the use of extreme temperature differences to bring health benefits. In this article, we will look at what an ice sauna is, its benefits, how to use it safely and for whom it may be contraindicated.

What is an ice sauna?

An ice sauna is a special room in which one side is heated to high temperatures and the other side is kept cold. When hot air meets cold air, a layer of ice is formed. In this way, the person using the ice sauna feels warm and cool at the same time, which stimulates blood circulation and helps detoxify the skin.

How long can I stay in an ice sauna?

It is recommended not to visit a cold sauna more than once a week. The time should be limited to 15 minutes. If you are preparing for your first visit to an ice sauna, we recommend staying in the sauna for no more than 5 minutes. By this time, you will already feel the positive effects. The next time the body is more adapted and the time can be increased to 10-15 minutes.

What are the benefits of using an ice sauna?

Using an ice sauna can bring many health benefits, such as:

  • Stimulating blood circulation: Extreme temperature differences stimulate blood circulation, which can help reduce muscle and joint pain.
  • Detoxification of the body: Increased sweating in an ice sauna helps eliminate toxins and impurities from the body.
  • Metabolism acceleration: The change in temperatures stimulates metabolism, which can help with weight loss.
  • Improved skin appearance: Improved blood circulation can lead to healthier, more supple and firmer skin.
  • Stress reduction: Using an ice sauna can help relax and reduce stress levels.

Rules of use of the ice sauna

To use an ice sauna safely, it is a good idea to follow a few rules:

  1. Hydration: Before and after visiting the ice sauna, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  2. Exposure time: The optimal time spent in an ice sauna is 15 minutes. Beginners should start with a shorter time and gradually increase it.
  3. Accompanying person: It is recommended to use the ice sauna in the presence of another person to help each other if necessary.

Who can’t visit the ice sauna?

Ice sauna may be contraindicated for some people, in particular:

  • People with serious heart conditions: High and low temperatures can affect heart function, so people with cardiac problems should consult a doctor before using an ice sauna.
  • People with weakened immune systems: Extreme temperatures can increase susceptibility to infection, so people with weakened immune systems should avoid ice saunas.
  • Pregnant women: Due to the lack of research on the effects of ice sauna on pregnancy, it is recommended that pregnant women avoid this type of sauna.
  • Children: Ice sauna is not recommended for children due to the possibility of negative effects on their development.

Where can you visit the ice sauna?

Ice saunas can be found in a growing number of places, such as luxury spas, hotels, resorts and fitness clubs. To find an ice sauna in your area, it’s a good idea to use an online search engine by typing the phrase “ice sauna” along with the name of your city or region. In addition, some companies offer rental of portable ice saunas for a short period of time, allowing you to use this type of sauna anywhere. Before visiting an ice sauna, it’s a good idea to make sure that the chosen facility meets all safety and hygiene standards, and to inquire about the rules for using the sauna so that you can fully enjoy the experience and benefits of an ice sauna.


The ice sauna is an innovative alternative to the traditional sauna that uses extreme temperature differences to bring health benefits. Using an ice sauna can improve blood circulation, help detoxify the body, speed up metabolism, improve skin appearance and reduce stress. To use an ice sauna safely, it is important to follow the rules of hydration, limiting exposure time and using the sauna in the presence of another person. Ice sauna may be contraindicated for people with serious heart conditions, weakened immune systems, pregnant women and children.

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