Saunas and steam baths originated in Finland.The traditional Finnish sauna is a very important part of their way of life. Saunas are not a luxury for the Finns, it is something they use everyday.
Finns have been using saunas for generations. You will find built-in-sauna in almost every residence in Finland.The sauna has now been adopted in every corner of the world.
Due to the culture and etiquette differences, people of the world have different perceptions of the sauna. In recent times saunas have become very popular because of the advantages they offer. Apart from stress reduction and relaxation, people now know the other benefits that saunas provide.
Using a traditional Finnish sauna has a cleansing effect on the body. Some people consider it the best natural skin treatment. it thoroughly cleanses the skin and leaves the skin feeling rejuvenated. Furthermore, Finnish sauna is a good work-out for your cardiovascular system.It can help give your immune system a boost while also providing the mental benefits; most people find it helps clear their minds.
Basically, the traditional Finnish dry sauna is a hot air bath in warm and very low humid condition. Many people find that they sweat excessively while bathing. If you are new to this traditional dry heat bathing and relaxation process, you will require about 2 to 6 weeks of regular sauna bath. This sweating will actually help you become habituated to the hot and dry environment of the traditional Finnish dry sauna.
It is not bright inside a sauna and people sit in silence and a relaxed mood. A sauna’s temperature is usually kept between 80 and 110 degrees Celsius.
Some traditional sauna bathers make for themselves what is called a vihta, where they bind fresh birch branches together with their leaves and tie it around themselves and the other bathers in the sauna. It is considered that employment of vihta betters blood circulation and also it has enthralling birch odour whichaids in relaxation.
However, there are some precautions that you need to keep in mind. The traditional hot temperature leads to increase in cardiovascular activity.Hence it is not prescribed for people suffering from heart and cardiovascular disorders.
Adding to it, its is better for people with high blood pressure to check with their doctor before taking the sauna bath. The hot dry sauna is also not recommended for elderly, pregnant women and small children.
You should also avoid a sauna after a strenuous work out. Be sure you have given you body enough time to cool down before relaxing in the heat of a sauna bath. So just consider these precautions and you can always enjoy the relaxing sauna bath.
The said benefits of the Finnish home sauna are authentic, emotional and physical. Post sauna experience makes you feel and look better. Your body becomes more efficient and you will be relaxed.