Here’s Why Celebs Like Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and Salma Hayek Both Love a Good Sauna

The women recently took to social media to share why they enjoy a sweat sesh.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and Salma Hayek

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and Salma Hayek.

Fitness trends come and go, but one wellness practice that’s pretty consistently popular is the sauna. While a good sauna sweat sesh is known to reduce chronic pain and lower blood pressure, there are a number of other health benefits that go beyond just relaxation.

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg, a certified yoga and Pilates instructor and rookie in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue, revealed on TikTok earlier this week that she likes to incorporate movement into her sauna sessions. The 45-year-old wellness leader shared a video of herself exercising and wrote that moving while in a sauna can help improve circulation, promote relaxation and flush out toxins.

Salma Hayek’s sauna approach is a bit more relaxed. On Tuesday, the Magic Mike’s Last Dance star shared a duo of Instagram photos of herself reclining in a sauna. She was photographed on a bench with towels placed strategically over her nude body.

“Embracing the healing power of the sauna and sweating out the stress this #WorldWellbeingWeek 🙏🏼,” Hayek, 56, wrote in her caption.

“I was telling a friend about how good it feels to sweat out tension and impurities,” a fan concurred in the comments. “It’s not good to be in air conditioning all the time!”

“Agree,” Cameron Mathison added. “Also, combined with ice baths👍🏼.”

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.