Sauna, also known as sweat bath is a term credited to the Finns which means traditional Finnish bath or bathhouse itself. During the days of old, itwas very common for Finnish ladies to take the evening before a feast. Also, delivering babies in a sauna was common as it was a sterile place where hot water was available during the long Finnish winters.
It is said that sauna practice started thousands of years ago when early settlers dug a ditch in the ground and heated a pile of stones pouring water over them to produce vapour known as löyly. Löyly is a Finnish word that is used for steam in context to sauna only. The other common word for steam in Finn is höyry.
Till the 16th century, the Finnish sauna bath practices went unrecorded as there was a merely quite buffer between the Swedish and Russian empires and had little cultural influence. Therefore, sauna was inconspicuous. It was only until the Middle Ages that sauna bath started gaining fame in Europe and spread its reach and won credibility.
In the present time, sauna steam bath is common across cultures and regions of the world with its astonishing and recognised health facts. Apart from its fascinating ability to sweat, the dry heat and infrared saunas confer a number of health benefits from removing toxins to treating congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions.
Some of the very common cures that sauna facilitates are:
• Chronic fatigue
• Mild depression
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Musculoskeletal pain
• Skin conditions
There is a reason as to why sauna is found to be in Finnish homes, offices, factories, sports centres, hotels, ships and even deep below the ground in mines. The results are amazing and even you can partake in a weekly detoxifying program by buying a portable home sauna.
Though, if you are a severe heart patient or have unpredictable blood pressure issues, please consult your doctor before engaging in any sauna activity.