Spending a few moments in a sauna can be the ultimate relaxing experience, and it’s even detoxifying. But, reality check: high temperatures can stress the body. In a room that’s 200 degrees or hotter, overheating is a distinct possibility, so it’s important to keep track of time.

Take Time to Relax

When you first begin to take saunas, start slowly. The whole point of the experience is to relax. Establish a mellow pace by beginning with a shower, then sit on a bench in the sauna and rest for a few minutes.

Build Up a Tolerance for Heat

Pay attention to how you feel. The first time you take a sauna you may be ready to leave after a few minutes; but if you’re comfortable, you might be able to stay as long as 15 minutes. If you wish to step out to cool yourself, do so. You can then return for a few minutes at a time.

Maximum Time Frames

A half hour is usually the maximum time suggested for staying in a sauna, but there are no hard and fast rules. Some people who’ve adapted to the sauna well may stay in for an hour, but that’s unusual. Listen to your own body and only stay for as long as you’re comfortable.

Number of Saunas Per Week

You can enjoy a sauna several times a week as long as you’re healthy. However, frequent use can deplete your skin of moisture, so be sure to moisturize often.

Warnings

People who have heart problems, high blood pressure, or are pregnant should not use a sauna. If there’s any question at all, consult your doctor. And whether or not you have a health condition, if you feel ill, dizzy, or develop a headache in the sauna, leave and cool down.