‘The sauna… Is an apotheosis of all experience: Purgatory and paradise; earth and fire; fire and water; sin and forgiveness. It is lyrical ecstasy. It is resurrection from the dead. It is eternal new birth… You are healed, you are made new.’
— Constance Malleson from her book, “In the North: Autobiographical Fragments of Norway”
The time-tested benefits of sauna have been known for millennia. In fact, cultures on every continent unanimously recognize the healing quality of heat. Whether they call it a spa, sauna, sweat lodge or bathhouse, global communities dating back to the Byzantine and Scythian empires have made saunas part of their hygienic routine, sacred practices and medicinal backbone.
And for very good reason.
Sauna is far more than sitting and sweating. Steam-opening the pores and purifying the skin no doubt makes you feel better, profoundly relaxed, and more capable of overcoming fear, stress, environment and disease. Yet it goes even beyond that. Studies done in Europe over the decades show that people who sauna regularly have lower risks for stroke and heart disease. The process of sauna-ing also inspires one’s creativity and divine connection to oneself and a higher power. In our modern high-tech era, taking time to unplug and tap your inner wisdom, just as our ancestors have done for thousands of years, is more important than ever.
Thermae Retreat’s founder Kelly Doyle understood the healing magic of sauna from the moment she first experienced it while spending a month at a retreat in Holland. Totally transformed by the experience — not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually — she was inspired to bring it to the U.S. and create an entirely new business concept around it.
Finnish vs. Far Infrared
Today’s far infrared sauna is the most contemporary and effective expression of this ancient health practice. The difference between Finnish and far infrared is basically how the sauna heats the body.
A traditional Finnish sauna is dry and uses steam (wet heat) during an “‘aufguss”, or infusion of oils onto the stones to warm the air. The hot grey stones help heat the sauna to temperatures ranging from 169 to over 200°F. Infrared saunas, conversely, use a softer heat. Unlike Finnish sauna, which heats you from the outside in by heating the surrounding air, infrared directly heats the body through the use of infrared heaters, which send out waves in a specific energy range called the “far infrared wave range.” This makes the sauna experience more comfortable since the body is heated on the inside rather than heating the sauna itself. This “heating from the inside out” is proven to have powerful therapeutic benefits. Among them: pulling toxins/metals out of the body, lowering blood pressure and strengthening vascular function, eradicating oxidative stress and inflammation – aiding in athletic recovery, boosting the body’s immune response, cleansing the skin and providing pain relief. Coupled with a cold plunge or rinse (which we have at every Thermae Retreat), it aids in muscle recovery, relief from soreness in the body, and healthy blood flow. Sauna can also stimulate the production of feel-good hormones such as endorphins, which reduce stress and improve mood.
Chromotherapy or Light therapy in each Infrared Sauna enhances healing, movement of systems, and relaxation during your sauna session. Each color offers a different frequency and works with the body on a cellular level – a different healing, renewing or relaxing aspect adding even more benefit to your sauna experience.
At Thermae Retreat, it is our pleasure to offer a traditional “aufugss” (infusion) of oils onto the hot stones in the Finnish Sauna. The sauna fills with steam and scents like eucalyptus, birch, and fresh orange leaving your body feeling awake and refreshed. If you are feeling a bit congested, we can apply more specific oils that have been shown to help clear breathing passageways and assist with the immune system.
Thermae is proud to offer custom made Cedar Finnish Saunas and Clearlight Infrared Saunas. They are toxin free with no EMFs
All Memberships include the Hot Stone Finnish Sauna, Detoxing Infrared Sauna, Meditation Room, Move Room with Vibration Trainers & Rebounder to move the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, Cold Bucket Plunge/Showers, outdoor garden for earthing and fresh air (South Florida), Fresh Filtered Water and Herbal Teas.
Breakdown of a few benefits
WEIGHT LOSS Infrared speeds up the metabolism and, as such, can aid in weight loss. Basal metabolic rate (BMR), the rate that the body burns calories when at rest, is enormously affected by body temperature. Body temperature can easily rise in a 30-minute infrared session, which increases calories burned (approximately 300-500 calories per session) without exercise. Repeated sessions can lead to weight loss and the removal of toxins during times of weight loss is of tremendous importance.
DETOXIFICATION Toxins are poisonous substances that when exposed to our bodies can cause injury by weakening our systems and organs. This can lead to disease, block our bodies from absorbing nutrients and cause imbalances on many levels. These harmful materials are all around us and are increasingly becoming more common in the environment of our modern lifestyles.
Safe removal of these substances from our bodies improves total wellness. Infrared provides an effective way to detoxify. Some of the most common environmental toxins are the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. These elements are excreted by sweat glands; therefore, heating the body on the inside and sweating is an important pathway to removing them from the body. Regular sauna users can expect, on average, 25% of their sweat to carry away toxins in an infrared sauna.
PAIN RELIEF The use of heat for pain relief has a very long history. It is commonly used to treat muscle pain in sports medicine, as well as in physical therapy. Infrared is especially useful for non-localized pain, such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or chronic fatigue syndrome. It helps blood to flow more freely into tense and injured muscles and joints, thereby quickening the healing process and calming inflammation throughout the body caused by injury or disease.
CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT Applying heat to tissue increases blood flow to that tissue by dilation of the blood vessels. Repeated sauna sessions can improve the hemodynamics and clinical symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure. Essentially, it makes the blood vessels function better. The benefits of cardiovascular movement are equal to a jog outside and with repetitive use the blood vessels strengthen.
Boardman Ohio: Sauna Retreat $40 for a day membership or Membership Information
Ft. Lauderdale Florida: Sauna Retreat $45 for a day membership or Membership Information
Delray Beach Florida: Sauna Retreat $45 for a day membership or Membership Information