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SAUNA

The Finnish sauna has been a way of life in Finland, where it was invented, for over 2000 years. The sauna has always been important for Finns and wherever Finns traveled they brought their Sauna culture with them.

The ancient Finnish settlers used the sauna as a place to cleanse the mind, rejuvenate and refresh the spirit, and prepare the dead for burial. Because the sauna was often the cleanest structure with abundant water, it has also been a place for giving birth and healing the sick.

For the modern Finn, the sauna isn't just an old tradition. The ways of using the sauna have changed over the centuries, but a sauna still is an essential part of the Finnish daily life. There are today an estimated 2 million saunas in Finland for a population of 5 million.

A suitable sauna temperature is between 60°C and 100°C. The humidity of the sauna air is regulated by good fresh air and throwing water on the hot stones: the water changes into smooth invisible steam and increases the humidity. 

When used appropriately saunas provide incredible benefits:
  • Soothes and relaxes tired muscles. Athletes use Saunas to improve their range of motion and to help loosen tight muscles after a hard workout.
  • Relieves tension and stress. 
  • Provides a cardiovascular workout--helps condition the heart. Regular use of Saunas helps maintain the blood vessels. The heart rate increases in the Sauna creating a demand for more oxygen, which in turn burns calories and provides a mild workout for the heart.
  • Increases metabolic rate. Regular Sauna usage helps speed up the metabolism in a way similar to exercise.
  • Improves circulation. Blood vessel dilation brings blood closer to the surface of the skin and, as blood vessels expand to accommodate increased blood flow, circulation in the extremities improves.
  • Provides temporary relief for arthritic pain. Heat therapy benefits joint and muscle pain and helps with range of motion.
  • Increases resistance to illness. Sauna heat puts the body into an artificial fever state that stimulates the immune system resulting in an increased production of disease fighting white blood cells and antibodies.
  • Burn as many as 300 calories during a Sauna session. when used with a good diet and exercise program, a Sauna can help burn more calories.
  • Helps maintain clear, healthy skin. Sauna heat relaxes facial tension, skin pores are opened, and heat stimulates the epidermis, thus increasing circulation.
  • Sweat out toxins and impurities from the body. Sauna is the deepest cleaning bath in the world. It opens the body’s pores and naturally expels impurities and toxins from the body. 
  • Relieves allergies and sinus congestion. 
  • Reduces pain from sunburn. 
  • Helps with kidney function. Perspiration through the skin’s pores excretes a good amount of the body’s wastes and reduces the load put on the kidneys. 
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