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Finish Traditional Saunas and Health

Jul 22, 2008
Finland is the birthplace of the steam bath. The Finnish traditional saunas is a significant part of the Finnish culture. Finns consider saunas not as a treat, but as an essential part of their lifestyle.

The sauna culture in Finland is almost well established. In fact every apartment/residence there has well built saunas. People of every part of the world have recognized and adopted the sauna culture.

Cultures from all over the world have caught on and enjoy the benefits of using saunas, although how they are perceived, their customs, and the etiquette involved in using saunas vary greatly. The reason that saunas have become so popular recently is because more and more people are realizing their benefits. It's well known that saunas are relaxing and can reduce stress, but they also provide some health benefits.

An orthodox Finnish sauna gives exhaustive purification to the body. It is also deemed to be the best natural treatment for the skin. It not only cleanses but also regenerates the activity of the skin from inside out.

Moreover, Finnish sauna is a good work-out for your cardiovascular system. It is also an immune system developer and provides refreshment for the mind.

Basically, the traditional Finnish dry sauna is a hot air bath in warm and very low humid condition. Due to the hot air bath sauna bathers sweat a lot.?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 will actually help you become accustomed to the hot and dry environment of the traditional Finnish dry sauna.

A sauna's temperature is usually kept between 80 and 110 degrees Celsius. There is usually only dim lighting which lends to providing you with a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Furthermore, it is a common practice among sauna bathers to make a vihta, which means that they bind together fresh birch branches with leaves and belt themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. It is believed that usage of vihta improves blood circulation and also it has pleasing birch odor which helps in relaxation.

However, there are some precautions that you need to keep in mind. The traditional hot temperature leads to increase in cardiovascular activity. Thus, for this reason dry saunas are not recommended for people who suffer from heart disease or other cardiovascular ailments.

In addition, it is advisable for the people with high blood pressure to consult their doctor before they decide to take the dry sauna bath. The hot dry sauna is also not recommended for elderly, pregnant women and small children.

Be cautious if you have been working out; you must be give your body enough time to cool down before you expose it to the heat of a sweat bath. So just consider these precautions and you can always enjoy the relaxing sauna bath.

The benefits of the traditional Finnish sauna are proven - both physically and emotionally. Taking a hot sauna bath with not only leave you feeling better, it will leave you looking better as well. You will find that your body works more efficiently and, maybe more importantly, a hot sauna will make you feel more relaxed and mentally at ease
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Check our site for additional articles on Saunas and Finish Dry Sauna . Finnish Saunas offer many benefits when used on a regular basis. There is a variety of sauna styles to consider for your home.
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