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Facts about Finnish Saunas

Jul 24, 2008
Originating in Finland, the Finnish sauna is utilized and owned by nearly all families. A wealth of household and societal bonding it is also an ultimate way to relax. The Finnish sauna is used daily by most and it acts as a shared meeting-place.

In the customary way of enjoying a Finnish sauna the user is to strip, bathe and come into the sauna space. Temperatures range from 70 C to over 100 C. Along the walls benches line the sauna room. Users sit and start absorbing the heated steam. The body rids itself of accumulated toxins as the skin?s pores unlock while sweating and you receive deep muscular relaxation.

The Finnish sauna uses steam made by tossing water over heated stones inside the room rather the technology-based saunas used today,. The created steam cannot be seen plus the scorching stones include to the room?s high temperature.

You only need to use the Finnish sauna for a short period of time. After your session, you rinse off in cold water. You can then cool off for a while and enter again. Generally, the sessions include rounds of drinks and food during cooling periods.

Saunas are also included in many communal building projects in Finland. It is very common for apartment blocks to incorporate a sauna for the use of all residents

An important part of Finnish business hospitality is the corporate sauna. As part of a meeting officials and visitors typically share a session. It?s taken as far as the Finnish parliament which features a sauna.

The sharing of an authentic Finnish sauna is a popular goings-on for tourists traveling through the country. Paid sexual services may be included, in Finland, as the concept of a public sauna. In general, a stringent set of protocol governs the Finnish sauna traditions.

In the West, owning a Finnish sauna is hardly necessary, but is seen as more of a luxury. There are newer versions modeled off of the Finnish sauna, that are easier to use and maintain.

However, is has become a chief status symbol to have an authentic Finnish sauna in the family. The atmosphere and environment cannot be outdone or matched by the modern compact models.

For those interested in replicating the feel and style of a traditional Finnish sauna many companies provide systems that compare favorably with the genuine article. Depending on the property and local planning regulations it should be possible to construct a free standing sauna that operates in the traditional way using heated stones. The only real limitation is your imagination and budget.

If you're interested in building your own sauna, or even if you're using one elsewhere, understand that there are certain precautions you should take. Using a sauna while heavily intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is strongly discouraged and hazardous to your health. Also, if you suffer from heart disorders or skin ailments, you should consult your physician prior. You should also be aware that the steam causes noticeable change in breathing and other metabolic patterns.

The body experiences metabolic changes in a sauna due to the high humidity and heat levels, this can lead to changes in breathing patterns for example. Anyone with concerns regarding these effects should consult their medical practitioner prior to use. From a communal perspective saunas are an egalitarian environment taking no heed of social status.
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For additional articles on Saunas see The Home Sauna. Finnish Saunas have been used for generations in Finland and are becoming very popular in other countries. Portable saunas are also available for those with less space.
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