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Default Do you "sauna"?

My brain guy suggested that I try a sauna. I think he had a lot of reasons why, and I didn't quite follow all of them... but I tried it this week.

The first time - I felt really good (probably because I tried something new, yay me!) - came home, had dinner, and crashed into exhaustion. It was late at night, so no worries.

Today was the second time. I was in there for 25 minutes (same as before), but this time, I spent a few minutes laying on the top bench (where it's hotter). I'm not sure if it matters... but... I feel rotten! (I also did about 20 minutes of interval training on a bike before, since I was at the gym.)

I got home around 3pm (it's after 9 now) - drank lots of water, had some healthy food... and blah. I've been sort of... not exactly dizzy, but not quite right. And my head feels a little pressure. Mostly, I just laid around the rest of the afternoon and didn't get anything done

Was it just the extra heat? I think I'm *supposed* to feel good after, but I'm starting to think that nothing is actually going to ever feel good (except chocolate, that feels really good!)

Curious if anyone else has any experience... I know, it's a bit of a weird thing... but also know we have lots of folks from different countries here, where maybe it's more common...

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Default Re: Do you "sauna"?

When I was in college I participated as the gym had a sauna but you did not speak of the cool down? After being in the heat your are to cool your core by either being outside in the cold or by useing cold water. It's a process of heat up cool down.
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Default Re: Do you "sauna"?

I don't think I could do it.

the idea sounds, well... nice, relaxing in a quiet dark room on a bench

that said the heat would bother me a lot. I hate heat, and the fact that i'd just be dripping with sweat sort of freaks me out.. losing all that body fluid

and I'm sure I'd end up with a splitting head ache too because of the dry air
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Nammu - Thanks! I do hop in the shower after, but I can't jump directly in to the cold water, I feel like I'd have a heart attack! So... I wait for the water to warm up, get in, and as I'm rinsing off, I slowly keep adjusting the water colder until it's as cool as I can take it. Then spend a few more moments in that trying to get cool.

I don't know if I'm cool enough though - yesterday after the shower, my skin was still pretty red/splotchy looking, and when I go outside, I don't feel cold at all (though in fairness, it's not super cold here right now.)

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Raging_Vortex - I thought I'd hate it too! I hate heat, and have a history of over-heating (I grew up in a very hot, sunny state). That was the first thing I said when this guy recommended that I try it!

But, somehow, it feels different! I'm not sure why? I get sweaty, but I don't feel the same way as I do when I'm sweating from exercise for example... I sort of just *glisten*, but not get super drippy? It's weird.

Anyway, I'm kind of blah today, but between the time change, feeling not well yesterday, and struggling with a bunch of depression stuff... I guess it is what it is.

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Default Re: Do you "sauna"?

No I don't sauna usually unless I swim, which I don't usually. I have heard its good to sauna before exercising. I have heard it's not good to go after exercising. Not sure why, and don't quote me because I don't remember exactly.

I find that sometimes after a warm / hot bath, I feel SUPER lethargic and low energy, and yucky. Maybe try drinking some cold ice water, or splashing your face with ice.

Curious to know why your brain doctor suggested the sauna? For relaxation?
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Thanks Ptak.

Yeah, I've been reading a bit too, trying to figure it out. It sounds like it's better after exercise - if you do it before, you can get a bit dehydrated (and too relaxed), which makes exercise more difficult. I've been doing just a short bit of exercise before, mostly because I don't get to move much, and since I'm at the gym anyway, it seems like a waste to not do something.

You're right! I tend to feel that way after a bath too! It's interesting, I don't feel the same immediately after the sauna though... but it may be because it's still really new to me, so I'm excited about that. Yesterday though, ugh, I just felt yucky all day.

re: Why he recommended it. I'm not 100% sure. We were talking about the fact that I've been getting a lot of bad headaches since starting the neurofeedback... like one every 2 or 3 days (I tracked a 12 day period, and had headaches 8 of those days - it's really making my life harder!)

He thinks there might be "something vascular" going on, but I'm not sure what exactly he means. He thought the sauna could help... and was curious for me to try it, and see how I felt. The first time felt better... but I wonder if I just overdid it with the heat the second time.

He did say he's just trying to give me some alternative tools to help, and to "get things moving" - again though, I'm not sure if he means that in a metaphorical way, or an actual physical way.

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Default Re: Do you "sauna"?

My doctors do not recommend it for me, whatsoever-health reasons. Not to say that I've never pushed the limits as they are great for drying off from indoor pools, but I wouldn't subject myself more than a rare occassion.
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Default Re: Do you "sauna"?

Thanks for replying, guilloche. What is neurofeedback? And oh my goodness, yes, that is a lot of headaches so I hope something helps. Vascular is related to the blood vessels in our bodies, at least that is my understanding.
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Healingme4me - Yeah, I can understand that. I was looking online to see if I could figure out under what circumstances you shouldn't use them... for example, it looks like if you have issues with low blood pressure, you should avoid, since the heat makes your blood vessels open up a bit more, which reduces the pressure. I'm sorry that you can't use them though!

Ptak Ah, thanks! That's interesting (re: blood vessels) and makes sense then with the sauna.

There's a whole discussion of neurofeedback in the "Alternate Treatments" forum, here: Neurofeedback Therapy

(Though it kind of devolved in to me talking about my current experiences, since I can't find anywhere else to really talk about it!)

The shorter version: Are you familiar with the idea of "brain waves" - like, how we produce slower (delta) waves when we sleep? Neurofeedback involves using sensors on your scalp to detect the types of waves you're producing at different locations (which correlate with different structures in your brain), and then giving you feedback on the computer to make more or less of different types of waves.

It's basically a specialization of "biofeedback" dealing with brainwaves, instead of things like heart rate or skin temperature.

The "rewards" are things like sounds from the computer, or if you're watching a game... you might see a rocket move forward (with sounds) when your brain does what you're trying to train it to do. When your brain doesn't do the right thing, the feedback stops (so no sounds, the rocket may slow down or stop).

It's actually amazingly cool, and I wish it were more well-known and available. I'm working remotely with a cognitive neuroscientist out in California, so I have the equipment at home and hook myself up, and he updates the protocols (i.e. where to put the sensors, what frequencies to reward) each week for me.

From what I've seen - it can help with an amazing amount of stuff. Focus, depression, anxiety, ADD. A really good book, if you're interested, is Seburn Fisher's "Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain" - the beginning was a bit of a slow read (talking about parts of the brain), but as she gets in to describing her work with people, it becomes absolutely fascinating.

I have a long history of failed therapy, including my most recent attempt, which ended pretty badly. So, I'm hoping the NFB will help... And for the first couple weeks, something got better! But, we've been constantly tweaking and trying to figure out how to get it work without overtraining (my brain seems to be sensitive) - so I lost the gains that I made.

If you're curious, I wrote a ton in that other thread!

Hope that made sense... I haven't found a really great way to explain it succinctly yet! Thanks for asking!
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Thanks for explaining Guilloche! That is all very interesting! I have not heard of it before, so will have to check it out in my free time. Very interesting.
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