WHAT IS SAUNA BATH
SAUNA, correctly pronounced "sow (rhymes with wow!) nah," is the only Finnish word in the English dictionary; it means "bath" and "bathhouse."
Sauna has been a way of life in Finland, where it was invented, for over 2000 years. One of the first written descriptions of the Finnish Sauna was in 1112.A sauna is a small wooden room or house designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions.The lighting in a sauna is shady. The Sauna (pronounced sow-nah) has been used for centuries, not only as a place to bathe, but as a place for healing, relaxing and enjoyment. Originally developed in Finland about 2000 years ago, the Sauna provides an environment of dry intense heat (176-212 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat is provided by a kiua, a stove or heater that heats the rocks to provide a soft heat. Water is thrown over these rocks to provide humidity. A sauna is usually done in courses; a short time in the sauna to heat up and begin to sweat, followed by a cooling off outside the sauna, The earliest Sauna was dug into an embankment in the ground. Homeland of sauna is Finland that is how it is often called Finnish sauna.
First of all, it is good to be aware of the distinction between the steam and sauna bath. Most people think of the heat of a sauna as dry heat and the heat of a steam room as wet, humid heat. This distinction is only partially correct. Sauna bathers in Finland splash water on the heated stones in the sauna, raising the humidity level to as much as 40%. Without that, the hot, dry sauna air can irritate the mucus membranes. A Sauna is a Finnish style sweat bath, usually consisting of a room constructed of soft wood, containing a stove which is used to heat the room to about 180 degrees Fahrenheit. And steam bath is fed with a steam generator which produces thick clouds of mist.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SAUNA BATH?
- In sauna bathers, Blood vessels become more flexible and there is increased circulation to the extremities. During a saunabath, blood flow to the skin increases to as high as 50-70% of cardiac output (compared to the standard 5-10%). This brings nutrients to subcutaneous and surface tissue resulting in glowing healthy skin. Sauna provides a cardiovascular workout--helps condition the heart.
- Sauna heat puts the body into an artificial fever state (hyperthermia). Fever is part of the body's natural healing process. This "fake fever" stimulates the immune system resulting in an increased production of disease fighting white blood cells and antibodies. While the growth of bacteria and virus is forced to slow down.
- Athletes use Saunas to loosen tight muscles after a hard workout.
- Sauna bath makes you feel rejuvenated and have increased energy levels. The Sauna helps many get a more restful sleep.
- In the hydrotherapeutic tradition used at European and America spas, sweat therapy is used in preparation for massage as a means of increasing the suppleness of the muscles and creating a deep sense of relaxation in body and mind.
- A sauna bath opens skin pores, soothes sore muscles, and increases circulation. However, more than common metabolic waste products are secreted through the skin.