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The Origin And Kinds Of Saunas Used Worldwide

By George Laker

Have you ever sat in a sauna? A sauna is an enclosed room specially designed to allow a steam bath. You can find them in some homes, many gyms, sometimes even bathrooms. Temperatures in saunas may climb to more than 150 degrees.

Saunas are beneficial in many ways. First of all, sweating is helpful. Sauna comes from the Finish word that is “savuna,” and means “in smoke.”

This makes sense when you consider that the earliest saunas were simply large holes dug into the ground so that an entire community or tribe could sit within. The hole would have a cover or roof to keep out cold and rain, and a pit in the middle for a fire. Tribe members would sit in the hole, covered by the roof, and sweating from the heat of the wood fire. As early as 1700, public saunas have been available.

Many cultures have their own versions of sauna. The bania or banya in Russia, thermae in Rome, hammam in Turkey, and sweat lodge in North America, are all examples of sauna -type experiences.

Saunas are actually quite common in North America today, both in sports arenas and phys ed complexes at schools. These often use a Swedish of Finish style sauna, which has low humidity combined with high temperature. This is why the experience is bearable; most people find temperatures over 100 degrees to be unbearable.

Better still, there are health benefits to using a sauna. When you sweat, this releases toxins from your body. The heat of a sauna also contributes to health, because it improves the immune system and generates white blood cells.

There are some people who should not use saunas. Following up a sauna with a cool shower can increase blood pressure, so if you have high blood pressure to begin with you should avoid saunas. You also need to be careful if you start feeling poorly, as saunas can cause heat stroke. Increase in health awareness in America has lead to greater popularity of saunas, however.

In past years, saunas were heated via wood fire. This isn’t all that safe nor is it efficient. Now, we usually heat saunas via gas or electricity. Sauna is gaining in popularity worldwide, but is still most common in Finland.

Besides saunas, the writer additionally regularly blogs about air compressor hose and cat pressure washer pump.

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