In my post about my trip to Los Angeles, and the subsequent trip to Arizona, I talked about how amazing dry heat feels on my body. While there is the possibility that the sun can make certain symtpoms worse, especially for lupus warriors, heat itself can be helpful in relieving chronic pain.
Dry dessert heat of Los Angeles (Griffith Park, 2018)
Back in November, my rheumatologist told me that many of her patients feel the same way, and often vacation in warm, dry heat places like Arizona. Or go to bath in the Dead Sea, which also has those amazing natural healing properties. But, since she can’t write me a prescription to immigrate to the Southwestern States, I guess I’ll have to make do with my yearly trips. Or… as she suggested, find a sauna. And I did.
Image from: http://time.com/5354994/saunas-health-benefits/
Lucky for me, the gym I belong to and frequently work out at has a sauna, and girl, is it amazing. I honestly never spend more than about ten minutes in it. I don’t bring anything in with me that would tell me time but whenever I check when I leave, it’s been about ten. That’s the time my body seems to naturally have enough. Even to have temporary symptom relief of a few hours is great. What I haven’t started doing, but probably should, is just going to the sauna on days I’m not actually going to work out. Why not? My motto is take advantage of what works for you.