Since the late 19th century, saunas have been around since Pasteur and Lister worked hard to improve hygiene conditions in Europe. While Sweat Bathing can take many forms, such as the Turkish Hamman, American Indian Sweatlodge and the Russian Bania; the most popular in Europe is the Finnish Sauna.

Saunas

Although we all know that saunas are good for us and have many health benefits, the benefits extend far beyond the feeling of relaxation we get from the steam. Many books have been written about the physiology and benefits of perspiration. It purifies the body, removes wastes, revitalizes the skin, regulates body temperature, and is a great way to get rid of toxins.

For the uninitiated, sitting in a steamy room may not seem like a very healthy activity. You’re not doing anything, so how can it be considered ‘vigorous? But that’s exactly what it is. The steam heat sends a signal through our bodies to the organs, prompting them to take action just like a quick jog in the park.

Well-being

Since the 1950’s, we have been conscious of the impact that ions have had on our bodies and well-being. A steam room can produce a lot of negative ions from the heat of rocks and water. An imbalance of positive ions or a lack thereof has been linked to anxiety, insomnia and migraines as well as heart attacks.

The importance of sweating for our health and well-being has been recognized since 568 BC in Ayurveda (the oldest medical document). The capillaries dilate, allowing more blood to the skin to draw heat from the surface. To keep up with increased blood demands, the heart beats faster. The liver, kidneys and stomach are all responsible for flushing out impurities. The skin and kidneys filter out impurities and expel them in sweat.

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Regular sauna use is claimed to prevent colds, headaches, arthritis, and other ailments. Medical evidence supports the claim that saunas at temperatures of 90° Celsius (192° Fahrenheit), have a profound effect. Although some doctors recommend that people with high blood pressure or heart conditions should not use saunas, this is open to debate.

Modern lifestyles discourage sweating and encourage us to use antiperspirants and cosmetics to block our skin pores. Regular sauna use can help restore the natural balance. There are many public saunas in Britain, but many people prefer to have their own sauna at home.

Domestic saunas

These have become more popular, and their prices have dropped significantly, making them more affordable for a wider range of people. There are many UK sauna suppliers and manufacturers, offering a wide variety of saunas to suit any budget. What better way to spend long winter evenings than in a sauna?

 

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