A Healthy Sauna
Many claim that there are extensive
health benefits from sauna bathing.
Saunas are supposed to be good for many things such as losing
weight, cleansing the body of toxins, lowering cholesterol,
relieving pain, and clearing the respiratory tract. Many claims may
be exaggerated, but others may have scientific foundations.
Saunas have existed for thousands of years, even though for many
they seem relatively new. Saunas are becoming a common luxury in the
Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, with millions discovering the
health and social benefits of regular sauna baths. However not all
people understand the differences between a sauna a steam bath and a
Jacuzzi. There is a difference and this website explores the meaning
of the various terms associated with this relaxing and beneficial
form of bathing.
The sauna is an integral part of Finnish and Swedish cultures.
Nearly all homes have saunas and they are used several times weekly.
This type of sauna generates a dry heat between 70 and 100 degrees
Celsius. Occasionally water is poured over the heated stones to
produce a thick cloud of steam, making the sauna feel hotter. After
spending 10 to 30 minutes in the sauna many people take a cold
shower or swim. In winter months, some will even lie in the snow.
Finnish saunas and Swedish saunas are social occasions, including
family, friends and business associates. They are always taken in
the nude. Men and women bath together depending on relationship and
to some extent age. Public saunas are generally single-sex however.
Swedish saunas have become quite popular in North America and many
times are part of the luxuries offered by public pools, health
clubs, or country clubs. Each pool sets its own policy on dress,
some facilities offer certain periods for single sex use when nude
swimming or saunas are the norm. At other times bathing suits may be
required in the sauna.
This site is intended to provide you with a
helpful overview of what a sauna is, how to build one, and the
health benefits of owning or using one.
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