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Richmond Sauna and Bed & Breakfast
81 Dingley Road
Richmond, Maine 04357
207-737-4752
800-400-5751
info@richmondsauna.com

Sauna

Facilities

  • Six wood-fired private sauna rooms each with private dressing room. Private rooms can be reserved. Please call.
  • One coed communal sauna room
  • Waiting room
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • 75 wooded acres for exploring; trails for hiking and cross country skiing
  • Clothing-optional

Benefits

Throughout the history of mankind, healers have long recognized the benefit of a good sweat. For thousands of years in cultures all around the world, sweat baths, in many forms and with different names, have existed as both a health and social ritual. From Finland we have the sauna, from Russia, the bania. There is the Turkish hamman, the Native American Sweat Lodge, the Japanese okiya. All of these heated sanctuaries are spaces for cleansing and bathing, but equally important, they are also places of relaxation and socializing. In fact, many sauna devotees feel that it is the communal aspect of the sauna that restores and refreshes us in ways that heat and steam alone cannot do.

Sweating is as essential to health as eating and breathing. It provides many benefits. A good sweat helps rid the body of wastes, and keeps the skin clean, pliant and soft. Taking a sauna is a great way to recuperate from heavy exercise. It is an excellent remedy for respiratory problems, and it can also release soreness from overworked muscles and improves general circulation.

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As you relax in the sauna, it is the skin surface temperature of your body that goes up. As this increases your blood vessels expand, circulation in the skin increases, and blood pressure goes down. Your heartbeat increases to keep blood pressure normal.

During a 15 minute sauna, sweating can perform the heavy metal excretion that would take the kidneys 24 hours. Profuse sweating enhances the detoxifying capacity of the skin by opening pores and flushing impurities from the body.

The main risk of sauna is staying in too long and overheating. Using alcohol will also intensify this; we do not allow use of alcohol at our sauna. The amount of time spent in a sauna is a very individual matter. 10-15 minutes before a cool-off is average. Personal comfort dictates the appropriate amount of time, newcomers to the sauna should go slowly at first until your body adjusts to the new experience.

You can repeat the hot-cool cycle as many times as you want. Folks usually do two to four rounds of sauna, cooling down between with a cold plunge or just sitting in a cooler area for a short time. Drink plenty of water to replenish that which is lost during sweating.

If you want to read some more really specific information about saunas, this is a great site:

www.cyberbohemia.com/Pages/sweat.htm

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