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What Happens to Your Body Inside a Sauna?


Ever wondered what happens to your body inside a sauna?

A renowned pastime in Finnish culture dating back thousands of years, saunas are one of the top methods used for detoxifying the body from harmful impurities. Presenting a wealth of health and wellness benefits from increased blood circulation to improved cardiovascular health, the effects of sauna bathing on the mind, body, and spirit are truly marvelous. If you’re in the market for a sauna or just curious to know how they work, keep reading to learn more.

What Do Saunas Do?

Traditional saunas use dry heat, typically warmed between 150 - 200° F to induce heavy sweating. The standard practice is to sit in the heat for 10-20 minutes, interspersed with periods of cooling off, before repeating the cycle again.

What Do Infrared Saunas Do?

Saunas using infrared technology, use infrared light to heat the body directly, rather than by warming the air surrounding you. Normally warmed between 100 and 150° F, the penetrating nature of the heat makes you sweat more profusely and rapidly than a traditional sauna. Sessions in an infrared sauna can last up to 30 minutes. Just be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after your time in the sauna.

What Happens to Your Body?

Increased Circulation

While in the sauna your metabolism and pulse rate increases, blood rushes to the skin’s surface, vessels dilate and become more flexible, and your circulation increases. In fact, research suggests that the physical effects of using the sauna are similar to the effects of regular physical exercise.


Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals, like lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.


Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help your body release endorphins, the “feel good drug” allowing you to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Infrared saunas have also been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system putting you in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state allowing your body to heal.

Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness

The deep heat of far infrared saunas helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Infrared heat also reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibers are heated.

Improve Skin

The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in your sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh colour.

Infrared Saunas for Sale at Jacuzzi Ontario

Now that you know what happens to your body inside a sauna, why not visit the experts at Jacuzzi Ontario and sweat test a home sauna? We offer a range of Jacuzzi® infrared saunas in our showrooms across Ontario at locations in Hamilton, Burlington, Whitby and more. Contact your closest Jacuzzi Ontario dealership to learn more!