The Finnish sauna, often present in the wellness centers, is an excellent technique to relax yourself and to purify your skin. The sauna is a dry heat bath used to increase immune defenses, strengthen the cardiovascular system and diminish stress, with beneficial effects on body and mind.
The sauna is usually warmed to 80-100 degrees Celsius, a temperature that increases perspiration, which in turn helps eliminating toxins and consequently strengthens your body. Moreover, it boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight. A sauna doesn't only detoxify your body, in fact it has excellent beneficial effects both on a physical and psychological level, since it reduces stress and allows yourself to relax.
The inner walls of a Finnish sauna are usually made of pine woods, and the room is heated using wood or electricity. There are also hot stones where water is splashed over to create steam. Each sauna session can take from 8 to 15 minutes. At the end of the session you take a cold shower or bath to cool your body and to maximize the beneficial effects of the sauna. Then you are ready for a second session, and at the end of the cycle you can just relax, feeling your body and your mind regenerate.
The sauna is also a natural therapy used for health purposes, but can be dangerous if you have certain disease. Thus before a session it is advisable to check your health conditions: you should avoid saunas if you suffer from high or low blood pressure, if you have heart diseases or circulatory disorders, and in case of pregnancy or varicose veins.
This treatment has ancient origins, allegedly going back to the XII century. The term sauna is a Finnish word connected to the meaning of winter house: in Finland in fact the sauna was originally a winter house heated by splashing water over hot stones in order to create steam. Only subsequently the beneficial effects of steam on body and soul were discovered.