In Finland, the sauna is a cultural asset and on average, every household has at least one sauna. Here, business negotiations are even conducted and taking a sauna at the end of the day is simply part of achieving well-being. The Finnish sauna is considered the mother of all saunas and the number of its followers is also growing in Germany. The Finnish sauna even has some special features compared to other types of sauna.
Features of the Finnish sauna
The Finnish sauna (the name means "room made of wood") is installed in Finland in log cabins made of, for example, spruce or fir wood. In this country, there are now kits from which the saunas can be assembled both indoors and as an independent sauna cabin. In the sauna, people traditionally sit on wooden benches, with the Finns taking a sauna naked and separated according to gender. In the rest of the world, towels are usually wrapped around the body, but this is not important for the sweating effect. However, many sauna-goers find the fabric of the towel unpleasant. The Finnish sauna is heated up to 80 to 90 °C, the humidity is very low here and is a maximum of 30 percent. This makes the Finnish sauna the counterpart of the steam sauna and puts considerably less strain on the circulation.
All in all, the Finnish sauna has some special features that we would like to take a closer look at here. One thing right from the start: The Finnish sauna is definitely the most recommendable way to sweat without having to exert yourself physically!
Special features of the Finnish sauna
As already mentioned, the Finnish sauna is more beneficial for the circulation. The body can produce sweat unhindered: The heat in the sauna heats up the body. In turn, the body's own heat is transferred to the environment through sweat, which means an evaporation effect. In a steam bath, on the other hand, the body cannot properly produce sweat because of the water drops on the skin. It is therefore best to avoid wearing towels in the sauna, as this can lead to heat accumulation and problems with circulation.
The Finnish sauna ensures that the body's own cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex. This has a positive effect on inflammation and stress is also reduced. A visit to the Finnish sauna can even have a positive effect on neurodermatitis and psoriasis.
If the body perspires heavily and has to produce the sweat itself, as in the Finnish sauna, the new formation of skin cells is stimulated. Resistance is increased and waste products are better removed. At the same time, however, no minerals are washed out; the sweat mainly contains common salt. Only the need for liquid is enormously increased and therefore it is recommended to drink as much as possible directly after the sauna session. This also supports the removal of waste products and harmful substances from the body.
The enormous heat stimulus is also achieved in a steam bath, but the body cannot react appropriately to it. The moisture content of the air there is almost 100 percent. However, if no sweat is produced or if sweat formation is only limited, harmful substances can also be transported out of the body with difficulty. It is therefore no wonder that the Finnish sauna is the most popular form of sauna - the positive features are simply outnumbered.