Summary of Benefits
*from Dr Rhonda Patrick’s website
Sauna bathing is associated with many health benefits, from cardiovascular and mental health to fertility and athletic endurance. It is generally considered safe for healthy adults and may be safe for special populations with appropriate medical supervision. Heat stress via sauna use elicits hormetic responses driven by molecular mechanisms that protect the body from damage, similar to those elicited by moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise, and may offer a means to forestall the effects of aging.
The science aside, I personally find that it helps improve workout recovery and sleep quality tremendously.
*This portable steam sauna was one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my health. Heat stress can be dangerous though. If you’re considering getting one and you don’t have any experience, start with low temperatures and shorter durations. And make sure you get professional medical clearance beforehand.
There are tonnes of options on Lazada but if you want to get the same one I got, it’s here. It’s slightly pricier but the quality is good (seller is iRova) and I don’t have to deal with some freaking bright color like hot pink or red. I guess the target market is for women who want to slim down…?
I generally use the steam sauna once or twice daily, sometimes skipping a day here and there. The best times for me are after a workout or just before I want to get a good sleep.
Usually I crank it up to Level 8 (medium high) and stay in around 15 minutes per session. As shown above, I place a plastic cover at a 45 degree angle over the steam inlet container to prevent any steam/water burns.
As described in a previous post, I put in a few drops of peppermint and/or hinoki essential oil for additional health and relaxation benefits.
Since I usually only use it for 10-15 minutes each time I just drink some water before getting in. For longer sessions you might want to have a bottle of water on hand.
Two different configurations:
1. I place a towel on the ground and sit inside for maximum relaxation. This way your entire body is inside the device and I get to inhale the steam and essential oils as well. Perfect for meditation and breathing practice. Maybe not if you’re claustrophobic.
2. I place a plastic stool in the center and sit on it, with your head outside the device. The steam will circulate around the body inside the device since my head prevents the steam from escaping. There are slots for hands so I can read, do some work or waste time on social media while relaxing.
Care and maintenance:
1. Always make sure the evaporator is clean and topped up with filtered water. Also make sure the lid is screwed on properly before use. Never try to open it while it’s hot. For extra measure I also make sure the electrical socket is a good distance away and placed higher than the evaporator in the event of any water leak. Make sure there are no kinks in the pipe and all the connections are well secured before using. All common sense safety stuff right? Well, I’ve stupidly screwed up almost all of the above before, so heed my warnings; they are based on experience.
2. I use the towel to wipe the walls and floor of the tent after each use, and sometimes a spray bottle with some water also comes in handy. Just make sure to wipe the sweat off and air it out with the main flap open.
3. The only thing left to add is to make sure the remote control works and is nearby or on your person when you’re inside. In case you’re using it alone at home and both zippers fail in some freak circumstance (it’s 2020 after all), at least you won’t be cooked alive.
On that note, I need to go grab a bite and a drink, then sit in my sauna.
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