A sauna can be almost anything you want it to be: a gathering of friends listening to the crackling woodburning fire in the calm of the night; a relaxing skin-cleansing steam sauna; or a session in the increasingly popular infrared sauna, easing your tender muscles. Regardless of preferences, Nordic sauna giant TylöHelo will help you find your perfect way to enjoy the full benefits of the sauna.
TEXT: ULRIKA KUOPPA-JONES | PHOTOS: TYLÖHELO | MAIN IMAGE: HOTELL TYLÖSAND
This year, Tylö turns 70 and Helo celebrates 100 years as a sauna brand, giving them 170 years of combined expertise in steam, infrared and conventional saunas. Enjoying this Nordic way of relaxing is on the rise. “The thing that people seem to value most is that a sauna is a stress-free haven. You can’t bring a phone or a laptop into a sauna, so it becomes a world of its own – a world where you can get your energy back, invigorate your senses or just de-stress,” says TylöHelo Group brand and marketing manager Hanna-Louise Widberg.
Having a sauna helps fight depression and makes us happier. This is something that the Finns, being the happiest people in the world, according to UN studies, know all about. “Enjoying a sauna boosts serotonin, also referred to as the happiness hormone, in the blood,” Widberg explains.
And there are other important health benefits. A 20-year Finnish study, published by the US National Library of Medicine, showed that regular sauna use lowers the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. It also reduces the risk of stroke and fatal cardiac incidents, as reports published in ScienceDaily have shown.
TylöHelo offers a complete range of products within sauna, steam and infrared, for both residential and professional use. According to a University of Iowa study published in Journal of Athletic Training, infrared saunas can relieve muscle pain. These types of saunas are increasingly popular. “The radiation penetrates your whole body in a different way, and the surrounding air is not as hot as in a traditional sauna,” Widberg explains. “Using infrared saunas is a different experience and the perfect way to ease sore muscles. A lot of infrared studios are popping up, making it possible for more people to experience how beneficial they are!”
Finally, a top tip for all you insomniacs out there: following a sauna, studies of the brain show signs of a deeper, more restful sleep. Why not give it a try?