Cooling down after a sauna session - done right
A complete sauna session consists of several phases. From the preparation to the actual sweating process to the cooling down and resting phase, each part of the sauna session has its own special meaning.
The cooling down immediately after the sweating phase is often misjudged and accordingly handled carelessly. However, not cooling down or doing it incorrectly can reduce the results of the sauna session or even pose health risks.
Different possibilities - individual preferences
Not everyone likes the shock-like cooling in the ice-cold plunge pool directly after sweating. Even if this is the most known way of cooling down in the sauna, there are also many other possibilities that we want to summarize here in a clear way
Air-cooled - the gentle way to cool down
Those who cannot or do not want to stand ice-cold showers, the plunge pool, the tub casting or even rolling in the cold snow at all, may fall back on the mildest way of cooling down after sweating. It is cooling by the action of the air outside the sweating room. It is advisable to stay outside, which is possible in almost any weather. However, not every sauna is suitable for this, because not every facility offers an exit to the outside or the surroundings are not exactly the right place for a lightly dressed or even naked stroll.
Air cooling is particularly suitable for children and for sauna guests who react very strongly to sudden cooling with water or snow. Some saunas also offer ice cubes for assisted air cooling, with which the body can be easily rubbed.
The Kneipp hose
Kneipp applications for cooling down are also very popular with many sauna lovers. Known and available in most cooling zones of saunas is the so-called Kneipp hose. This is a completely normal garden hose without a nozzle, which dispenses cold water without pressure. This water is rinsed over the body with the hose starting at the feet, the legs and upwards. Once in the pool area, the arms are then cooled down, and then it continues slowly towards the heart. In this way the entire body can be cooled down step by step.
The corner shower
A corner shower consists of several nozzles, which are mounted in the wall at the corner and allow cold showering from two sides at the same time. Regional or complete cooling in one pour is therefore not possible.
The dousing shower
With the splash shower, the cold water is rinsed over the body in a wide surge from above. This leads to a shock-like rapid cooling from head to toe.
The bucket casting
Shock-like cooling also occurs during cooling with the tub casting. In this case, a lot of cold water is flushed over the body from a bucket overhead onto a casting. Also here a targeted use is hardly possible.
The plunge pool
Most larger saunas have a plunge pool. Here the body is cooled down relatively quickly and over the entire surface. This requires a certain amount of practice and hardening and is not for everyone.
Cooling with snow
Cooling down with snow and ice is especially popular in winter. For this purpose, the sauna guests roll around in sufficiently high and as clean as possible snow. This tingling form of cooling is popular with many sauna guests, but is not always possible due to the season.
For healthy and appropriately prepared sauna visitors, it does not matter which form of cooling down they choose. For health reasons, however, we recommend cooling down with the Kneipp hose, a waterfall shower and cooling down in the air, especially in private areas.
Ultimately, however, each sauna guest must be able to decide for himself or herself which type of cooling he or she is most enthusiastic about. After each cooling down with water, the entire body should be dry-trotted immediately afterwards. This is also important, among other things, to avoid possible hypothermia. In general, the cooling phase should not take too long and should be followed by a rest phase in which the body can get used to a normal ambient temperature again.