Does a Sauna Help Muscle Recovery?

Did you know that in addition to helping you lose weight (amongst many other benefits) that sauna is good for muscle recovery too? Below find out more about saunas, muscle recovery and the health benefits you can experience from incorporating regular infrared saunas into your lifestyle. 

Found—Space has been supplying top quality saunas to Australians since 2008, making us Australia’s longest-running infrared sauna company. We are passionate about providing exceptional customer service and helping our clients to get the most out of their sauna. Here is how a sauna is good for muscle recovery and how saunas help relax muscles.

How Does A Sauna Help Muscle Recovery?

If you like to maintain a healthy lifestyle and are wondering how does a sauna help muscle recovery, here are ways that a sauna is good for muscle recovery: 

  1. Near-infrared light has been shown to increase cell mitochondrial efficiency which makes our body more effective when it comes to rebuilding and repairing muscle
  2. Infrared saunas can activate Cytochrome C Oxidase and increase ATP which boosts energy - this helps to reduce inflammation and balance hormones 
  3. Studies have shown that repeated exposure to heat stress induces mitochondrial adaptation in human skeletal muscle, therefore regular infrared sauna use can lower CRP (C-reactive Protein) which can also help reduce inflammation 
  4. Because infrared saunas can increase oxygen and blood flow into the muscles this helps to improve circulation (which brings vital nutrients and enzymes to the muscles helping them to repair and rebuild)
  5. Sauna sessions can help you to stretch more deeply after a workout
  6. Infrared saunas are known to reduce lactic acid in the muscles
Man sitting in an infrared sauna for muscle recovery

So does a sauna help relax muscles? As you can see, the evidence stacks up - they can indeed help to relax muscles - this is why top Australian athletes incorporate infrared sauna muscle recovery into their regimes. 

Tips On How To Boost Infrared Sauna Muscle Recovery

  • Use your sauna to warm up before your workout
  • Having a cold shower after your sauna can promote norepinephrine, cold shock proteins (including RBM3) and can also improve your metabolism
  • Drink water before, during and after your infrared sauna to prevent dehydration and help with removing toxins
  • Duration and temperature can impact the effectiveness of your infrared sauna for muscle recovery - we recommend sauna sessions should last around 30-45 minutes at 45°C - 50°C
  • Use the Found—Space Movable Pure Wave ceramic heaters to specific areas you would like to target for muscle recovery
  • Incorporate colour therapy into your infrared sauna muscle recovery session by using the Found—Space Sauna LED Colour Module

Enquire About Infrared Saunas for Muscle Recovery Today

Call 1800 045 268 to speak to the Infrared Sauna experts to find out more about if a sauna is good for muscle recovery and what sauna will be best for you. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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