It is believed that Finnish sauna is a relative of the Russian bath house “banya”. But it differs with the high temperature (80-90 degrees) and low humidity (20-60%), therefore it belongs to the dry-air kind of baths, and before visit there it is required to drink a sufficient amount of water. Do not go to the bath after a plentiful meal (this is an excessive burden for the heart) and on an empty stomach. The Finns themselves have snack with vegetables and fruits before going to sauna.
The Finnish sauna spread all over Europe in the beginning of the 20th centuries, and it was used in medical and preventive purposes. Then it became popular among athletes who came to sauna for recovery and relaxation after trainings.
The first go shall be limited in time for both unprepared (up to 5 minutes) and for those who have already been in Finnish sauna (up to 10 minutes). Bathers advise to breathe through the mouth in the steam room, as hot air can burn the mucous membrane of the nose. Also it’s better not to use a whisk here. It is not forbidden to visit the sauna daily.
The Finnish sauna improves the blood supply to skin and gives a positive cosmetic effect. Hot air in the sauna stimulates blood supply to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and excites their cells. Intense heating of the body improves and speeds up the metabolic processes.
Temperature 85-100°C. Humidity 20-60%
- Take a warm shower
- Dry yourself, dry your hair
- Put a felt hat or towel on your head
- Begin your steam procedure from the bottom shelf (3-4 minutes)
- Move to the top shelf (5 min)
- Take a quick shower at room temperature
- Relax and have a cup of tea
Contraindications: fever, diabetes, epilepsy, malignant tumors, bronchial asthma, pregnancy, a tendency to bleeding and thrombosis, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases of any organs and body systems, pronounced arteriosclerosis of the vessels.