It’s never too late for a sauna!

Did you know sauna sessions are especially great in older age?


The sauna is a well-known way to relax and have been shown to have significant positive effects on mental and physical health. Read our full guide on the benefits.

Did you know sauna sessions are especially great in older age? 

Today we’re living longer than ever, and the sauna not only offers significant health benefits and improves quality of life but also offers a sociable change from everyday life.

Here are some benefits the sauna offers for older people.

Anti-aging skin remedy

As we age, our skin loses tone and elasticity. This leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and drier thinner skin.

Regular saunas delay this natural process, giving skin a firmer, more youthful, and radiant appearance.

This is because of the high humidity in the sauna, which moisturises skin helping to keep it hydrated and supple. The intense heat promotes blood circulation to the skin, which in turn, supports the skin’s metabolism, cell regeneration, and improved absorption of nutrients.

Better mobility and quality of life 

The hot sauna environment loosens stiff joints, relieves muscle tension, and has an overall positive effect on mobility while reducing typical ailments of older age. For example, the relaxation and heat enjoyed during a sauna can relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and joint pain, which will undoubtedly improve quality of life.

Induces a sense of serenity 

The comfortable and warm environment in the sauna helps quieten thoughts and calms the mind and has an overall positive effect on the psyche.

During a sauna, endorphins are released. This contributes to a feeling of renewal, relaxation, inner peace and serenity, and a more positive state of mind. This is especially valuable if struggling with anxiety, mood swings, or sleep disorders.

And, because the sauna is sociable, a visit can go a long way to improve mental wellbeing by reducing feelings of loneliness.

Strengthens the immune system 

Regular sauna sessions can increase the production of immune substances in the body, which help fight off disease and infection. This can be very beneficial for older people, whose immune systems may be weakened; strengthening the immune system reduces vulnerability to infections.

Improves the cardiovascular system 

It’s well-known that regular saunas can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because the high temperatures experienced in a sauna increase blood flow, which stimulates the cardiovascular system. This can reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

However, everyone experiences the calming effects of the sauna differently, and it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s reaction and use the sauna appropriately. 

See our guides to increasing your heat tolerance and how to heat the sauna to suit everyone.

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