The Benefits of Aufguss
As one finds themselves in hyperthermia, the body starts storing heat, dilating pores, eliminating toxins and cleansing the body. As sweat beads on brows and trickles down, a state of meditation, introspection and calm are achieved. In a light feverish state, the body reacts by strengthening the immune system.
During an Aufguss, aromatherapy is introduced through pure essential oils. These volatile and aromatic plant derivatives can act on body and mind. For relaxation: pine, sandalwood, cypress and vetiver. For emotion: lavender, chamomile and jasmine. For invigoration: eucalyptus, mint, lemon, orange and bergamot, to name a few.
After extreme heat, comes cold. Cooling off after time spent in a sauna is a necessity. The three steps of the thermal cycle are as follows: hot, cold, rest. The Aufguss ritual is the perfect first step. Then, the thermal shock of walking through a cold waterfall or plunging in a cold pool releases adrenaline. The following period of rest—in a hammock, a lounge chair or by a roaring fireplace—releases endorphins, the happy hormone.