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The Benefits Of Sauna

Nov 2, 2007
Few things are as relaxing and therapeutic as spending time in a sauna. Specially developed room that it can be heated to extremely high temperatures, saunas have been around for more than a thousand years.

Fragrant rocks are heated to and kept at very high temperatures. When splashed with water, they release steam, heat and a lovely aroma.

In Finland, saunas were originally used as places to bathe, for women to give birth, and for those suffering from illness. There are +- 2 million saunas in use daily in Finland. Saunas form part of their bathroom and most dwellings are built with saunas.

Throughout history, many different types of saunas have come and gone. Finland had many versions while versions existed in America called a 'inipi', in Russia 'bania' and the Turkish version known as 'hamam steam bath'

During the 1920's smoke saunas were used. They built a fire directly into a fireplace with no chimney, just a small hole through which smoke could escape. Although they took some time to heat up, once hot the heat was extremely pleasant. It had a few drawbacks though. As it was quite difficult to control the fire many burnt down. It was also difficult to keep clean with the room always covered in soot.

Modern saunas have electric heaters to heat the stones. Although electric heaters are easy to use and relatively cheap, wood heaters are gaining ground again. This could be because of the different feeling you experience in a wood-burning sauna.

Saunas are available as either wet or dry. Personal preference would determine which one you would use. Also often called steam rooms, wet saunas are kept at between 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit (37 - 46C). Dry saunas are much warmer at temperatures as high as 250 degree Fahrenheit (121C) with very little moisture present.

Some people believe that they gain more health benefits by alternating between hot and cold. The sit in the sauna for a while and then leave it and jump into a cold pool. As this is quite a shock to the system, care should be taken when doing it especially if you suffer from high blood pressure.

Saunas have an amazing ability to relax you, lower blood pressure and assist in strengthening your immune system. It is also a great place to socialize while ridding your body of the stress of daily life. It is no wonder that you find saunas in just about every gym, health spa and even public pools.

Having your own sauna at home is not only possible, but considering how good it makes you feel, almost a necessity.

Should you decide to build your own sauna, you can find help in manuals available in your local library, as well as on the internet. Another option is to call in a company that specializes in home saunas.

Buying a ready to assemble sauna might be quickest way for you to enjoy the relaxation of your very own sauna.
About the Author
Being an expert in sauna building, Alex Olson gives you all the necessary information on this issue: how to build a sauna at home , types of sauna, its benefits and much more.
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