A visit to the sauna, especially in the cold season, is considered to boost the immune system, has a (preventive) effect against all kinds of everyday ailments and is a popular relaxation ritual, especially on wellness holidays. Sauna master Miguel Mudryk explains how the soothing heat affects the body and mind, what to look out for when taking a sauna and what to expect in the new event sauna at Hotel Riml.

Regular sauna use increases athletic endurance. One study
showed that athletes, who regularly visited the sauna, were
able to improve their performance by 23%. The sauna is
also a great way to boost your immune system. Go to the
sauna and do something good for yourself and your body.

Going to the sauna is especially recommended during the cold season. But what are the real benefits of sweating?

The interplay of heat and cold is a good workout for the cardiovascular system and strengthens the body‘s defences. The high temperatures also help to relax muscles after exercising, detoxify the body and improve circulation, which in turn has a positive effect on skin problems of all kinds.

There is a wide range of saunas to choose from, from the 95°C Finnish sauna to the slightly milder bio sauna. What temperatures are best for colds, tension and the like?
Saunas with high temperatures have the strongest effect on the immune system. The infrared cabin, which specifically targets the deep muscles, has proven to be effective for muscle tension. Colds and minor respiratory illnesses can be cured in the steam room. However, take care and do not infect others.

Although heat therapy has many benefits, a visit to the sauna is not always advisable. When should you avoid heat?
It is not advisable to go to the sauna, if you have a severe cold, fever or general discomfort. Contrary to popular belief, pregnant women can relax in the sauna, if they have no symptoms. However, this should always be done individually and intuitively. Alternatively, steam baths provide a pleasant „bath“ effect and promote general wellbeing at lower temperatures.

There is much more to a good sauna than just sweating. What is a holistic sauna ritual?
First of all, the body should be cleansed and possibly prepared for the temperatures with showers or foot baths. The actual sauna session should last between 15 and 20 minutes. Afterwards, you should cool down in the fresh air, in a cold shower or in a plunge pool and rest for at least 20 minutes. Important: Drink plenty of water!

What should „sauna beginners“ be aware of?
For beginners, it is advisable to start with a lower temperature and shorter time in the sauna, and to increase the load slowly.

Many people don‘t have the time or opportunity to take a sauna every day. Is it enough to take a sauna on holiday, or how quickly does the positive effect wear off?
The positive „training effect“ on the cardiovascular system is achieved after just 2 to 3 sauna sessions, as is the case with muscle tension. However, a long-term and regular sauna routine is highly recommended for a healthy lifestyle.

Wherever possible, saunas should be integrated into everyday life. But whether in a hotel or in other facilities, the etiquette is the same every-where. What are the most important dos and don‘ts to remember?
In general, most saunas have an age limit of 16 years. Also, in most facilities, the sauna is a textile-free area. And as it is a place of relaxation, silence should prevail - with the exception of show infusions.

In addition to a Finnish sauna and a bio sauna, the adults-only Hotel Riml also has a new event sauna. What is special about this sauna and what infusions can guests look forward to this season?
In addition to the heat, the new event sauna works with special lighting effects. The different colours each have a specific effect on the body and mind. Guests can even make their own infusions. In addition, show infusions take place six times a week in our Finnish sauna and in the bio sauna. I don‘t want to tell you too much about them, because I ike to surprise my guests.