Sauna Benefits & About The Sauna
Quick Sauna History
SAUNA, correctly pronounced "saow nah," is the only Finnish word in the English dictionary. It means "bath" or "bathhouse."
Sauna has been a way of life in Finland, where it was invented, for over 2000 years. One of the first written descriptions of the Finnish Sauna was in 1112. The earliest Sauna was dug into an embankment in the ground. Later Saunas were built above ground with wooden logs.
Sauna Health Benefits
Regardless of how a sauna is heated, or the humidity level, the effects on the body are similar.
When a person sits in a sauna, their heart rate increases and blood vessels widen. This increases circulation, in a similar way to low to moderate exercise depending on the duration of sauna use.
Heart rate may increase to 100-150 beats a minute while using a sauna. This may bring some health benefits.
Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain.
Reducing Stress Levels
As the heat in a sauna improves circulation, it may also promote relaxation. This can improve feelings of well-being.