Spring is finally in the air, and while we’re excited for all things floral, light, airy, and warm, we are not excited for allergies. Sneezy, itchy, watery eyes are certainly not at the top of our “reasons I love Spring” list. But have no fear—we’re here to talk about how incorporating sauna bathing into your Springtime routine can actually help beat those allergies!
What is Sauna Bathing?
Before we talk through how sauna bathing can help relieve your allergy symptoms, it’s important you know what sauna bathing is! Here at The Sweat Shack, we adhere to a Finnish-style of sauna bathing, where we incorporate six core values: authenticity, multi-sensory, mindfulness and presence, relaxation, cleanliness, and well-being. Finnish-style sauna bathing is the art of going from one extreme to another—ie., going from extreme heat to extreme cold. It’s the act of sitting in a sauna or heat cabin, pouring water over hot stones (a process called löyly, pronounced “low loo”), and then engaging in a cold (kylmä) plunge.
Sauna Bathing and Allergies
Okay, now that you have an understanding of what sauna bathing is, let’s talk about how it can help relieve your allergy symptoms!
One of the many benefits of sauna bathing is that it can detox your body from yucky toxins—like allergens—and help release inflammation. Sauna bathing can also help alleviate sinus pressure, and the moisture in the air acts essentially as a humidifier, helping with the dryness in your sinuses.
Another benefit of sauna bathing is that it can give your immune system a little boost! Regular sauna bathing can help your system fight off sickness and other unwanted particles. Studies have shown that sauna bathing boosts your white blood cell production, which helps your body fight invaders and allergens.
It’s no secret that sometimes, allergy season can agitate our lungs. Whether you have asthma or just struggle with breathing during allergy season, sauna bathing can help relax those bronchial tubes and airways, making it easier for you to breathe!
So basically, if you’re like us and you struggle with major allergies this time of year, head to The Sweat Shack to get your sauna bathing journey started! We want you to experience the fullness and renewal that Spring offers, not be weighed down by allergies. Book your first session now!