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The sauna throughout the ages

Jun 24, 2008
Sauna bathing is an ancient past time although the activity is quite popular in the modern world as well. Let's explore the history of saunas and learn how they work.

Saunas are designed to provide either moist or dry heat. A bather, or group of bathers, can gather inside of a sauna to experience temperatures as high as 80 degrees Celsius or more. Saunas are very relaxing, and tend to make users sweat. If water is poured on the hot stones, steam is produced which makes the sauna moist. The sauna is loved not only for it's relaxing properties, but also for improving the immune system and helping detoxify the body.

"Sauna" is world that developed in ancient Finland and means a traditional Finnish bath. The earliest saunas were dug in slopes in the ground and used by the Finns to keep warm during the cold winter months. Stones were heated to very high temperatures and water was poured over them in order to create heat and moisture in the form of steam. Because of the extreme heat, individuals would remove their clothes for comfort.

Eventually the sauna was improved with the addition of a metal wood stove and chimney. In traditional Finnish saunas the temperatures within often exceeded 90 degrees Celsius. Spraying water onto the hot rocks helped perfect this experience by adding a soft steam.

Often the Finns would use a 'vihta', a bundle of birch branches with fresh leaves, to gently swat themselves and other bathers to improve the experience. This practice not only aids in blood circulation, but adds a pleasant birch scent to the sauna.

As previously noted, a sauna is a wonderful and effective way to relieve stress. It accomplishes this in two basic ways. One obvious way is psychological; the heat and steam have a highly relaxing effect. The other way in which a sauna relieves stress is physiological. More potentially harmful chemicals are able to leave the body with the aid of the hot steam. In addition, the formation of new chemicals that are known to cause stress is greatly reduced.

Furthermore, your body releases much of the toxins through the pores of your skin while you perspire. As mentioned earlier, the sauna induces sweating that ultimately cleanses the body.

In Finland sauna bathing is practiced regularly as Finns regard saunas as the natural and superior method to cleanse the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. The sauna was and continues to be an essential aspect of daily life. Families in Finland traditionally bathed together in the sauna at home. It is interesting to note that Finnish women used to give birth in the sauna.

Finnish migration to other parts of the world aided in the dissemination of information about saunas, how they were made and used and their many benefits. This enabled individuals from other cultures to learn about saunas and use them, and it paved the way for future advancements such as electric sauna stoves and far infrared saunas, which became very popular. Today, the sauna is recognized and enjoyed globally, and continues to be enhanced both aesthetically and functionally.
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