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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