If you're going to use a sauna for detoxification, the first thing to understand is that a sauna is a type of bath. But it is the most cleansing bath you can ever take, as it not only cleans outside of the body, but it cleans the body from within.
There are two important factors one needs to understand to get the most out of a sauna in Charlotte, NC for detoxification purposes.
Firstly, the idea is to sweat and anything that will encourage sweating will help remove impurities and toxins from the body. The best way to encourage sweating is via using a small boar's hairbrush. You can pick these up at any major store. They come in soft, medium, and hard bristles.
Once you've been in the sauna for about five minutes and begin to see the sweat collecting on your body, then start with the soft brush. Brush your skin from your toes to your head. Pay special attention to the armpits.
Scrub your scalp, too. If you have sensitive skin, take it easy at first and see how your body responds. Once you've scrubbed with the soft brush, move up to the medium brush, and then the hard brush. This will stimulate increased blood flow to the skin and encourage sweating. Again, take it slowly at first and see how your body responds. Always wash and rinse the brushes after your sauna session.
Hot and cold sauna
The second important thing to do to get the most out of a sauna is to alternate between hot and cold. After you have been in the sauna for about 15 minutes, then you want to get into cold water as soon as possible. Be it a cold spa, a cold lake, a roll in the snow, or into a cold shower.
It sounds scary but it is extremely pleasurable. When the body goes from a state of extreme vasodilation to a state of extreme vasoconstriction (blood flow is restricted, this is what happens when you enter the cold water after sauna) certain sensory receptors related to pleasure are set off. It makes sense, as your body sees the extreme heat of the sauna as a dangerous environment, so it would seem that it would reward the body with pleasure if it removed itself from this environment into an environment that would stabilize the vascular equilibrium. But this is just a theory.
Anyway, by entering a cold environment after the hot environment, something important happens. The sudden vasoconstriction in the superficial vessels sends blood rocketing back to the core of the body. But this is the thinner blood. The blood which is thicker contains the toxins you want to remove – And this stays in the skin.
The next step, then, is to re-enter the sauna. As the thicker blood is still trapped in the superficial dermal tissues, once you start to sweat again; well, guess what, the toxins are going to be excreted with the sweat.
Alternating hot-cold, hot-cold, hot-cold, is the best way to use a sauna for detoxification.
This article is not meant to provide medical advice. Speak with your doctor about using a sauna for detoxification.