Warning, this post contains information on sex. It is basic and vague, but it is there.
Men: this is one you may not want to read. You are welcome to, but consider yourself warned – it contains information you may not want.
I covered the sauna recently in its own post, but I wanted to revisit it because I realized the sauna has had a benefit to me that I didn’t address.
In my book, I touched in the changes that occur in the female body during aging, one of which is a biological change in the nether regions. (Last chance to stop, guys!) As I mentioned, in addition to dryness, your skin thins and tear easily, and the combo can make sex painful.
What does this have to do with the sauna? I remember hearing on the One Life Radio show with guest Shawn Wells that he found that infrared sauna visits had a positive effect on the skin of the elderly while working in a nursing home. They bruised less and the skin didn’t split as easily. (Shawn explains it better; I think this is the episode here.) I had forgotten about this until this week, when I was thinking about how my own skin didn’t seem to be as affected by rough play with my dog as it used to be even a year ago.
Infrared sauna helps to regenerate you at the cellular level. Essentially this means that your cells function better following a sauna visit, and a healthy cell creates new healthy cells. The inability to generate new skin cells causes our skin to thin as we age, which is part of why it tears so easily. Promoting the generation of new skin cells will help thicken skin, and the benefits of this affect all skin, including where it counts.
I have no idea if there is any research to support this specific benefit because I haven’t researched it. It makes sense that it would – skin is skin. I will tell you that I have noticed a positive difference. (Don’t worry – that is all the detail you are going to get!)
I promised to update you on any new discoveries in this area in my blog, and this is what I have found in this area since writing the book. Hope it helps.