Today I have had an infra-red sauna, followed by a 45 minute back, shoulder and arm massage. Blissful. I’ve written before (well, half a post, I accidentally deleted the other half and was too crook to re-write) about infra-red sauna.
Dr Myhill had mentioned them so I first tried it four months ago and now I’m saving up to buy my own. The first time I had one, I came home for a shower afterwards and felt 100% for about 20 minutes! It was amazing, I was in the shower and shocked at how good I felt. The next time I had a sauna, I felt 80% for about an hour, pretty great. Of course I went back for more. This time I felt about 50% for a day and a half after the sauna (by comparison I usually feel 30%, or 40% on a good day.
The first times I had a massage first, then a sauna, which is an added bonus. I’ve tried a couple of different brands of saunas and have to say I think Sunlighten ones work best for me. I bought a bundle of sessions on Groupon at a place close to home, but the effect wasn’t the same.
It is also better to have a shower straight after. That is the beauty of the place I went to today. They have a lovely two-person sized Sunlighten sauna so I can lie down with my legs up (in the yoga pose viparita karani) and rest, then I step into a shower just outside the sauna. I don’t have to get dressed, just wrap a towel around and head into the massage room.
I don’t get the same boost anymore, it has evened out to feeling a little better afterwards and it slowly tapering off.
As far as massage then sauna, or sauna then massage, after experiencing both – sauna first! Even if you don’t combine it with a massage, I still like it, just take a few minutes before heading home to relax.
I usually have a massage once a week for muscle aches and it is easier to combine it with a sauna instead of having to head out for two appointments a week.