People have been using sauna for thousand years. The Finnish people were the first to use the true experience of sauna. Traditional saunas were used as a way to remove the toxins from the body and soothe the muscle pain. In the past, many homes in Finland have a traditional sauna built either into their house or in a separate building a short distance away. Some of these old Finnish homes do not have a bath tub as they solely rely on the sauna to keep their body clean.
There are many health benefits of traditional saunas, in which the continuous heat type uses a woodstove with rocks on the top to generate the high heat which is very much important for a traditional sauna. The benefits of traditional sauna include everything from curing arthritis to depression.
The high radiant heat temperature that comes from the traditional sauna stove actually kills bacteria and they are also known for having the ability to increase anti oxidants protecting the body’s cells. According to the modern researchers, the traditional sauna also reduces the blood pressure and overall stress of an individual. However, the greatest benefits of traditional sauna come from the deep body cleansing that occurs in traditional sauna equipment.
In the traditional sauna, the method of conveying heat to the body is by heating the air environment to heat the body. In this type of sauna, the heat temperature of the room needs to be higher if you want to attain a desired heat temperature for the body.
As mentioned traditional saunas are the best stress fighters. Due to our extreme lifestyle which is full of coffee, sugar, lack of sleep, and stress adrenals – many of us are stuck in the critical stage. However, the traditional saunas encourage our bodies to go into the parasympathetic state, in which we are allowed to de-stress, digest, rest, and heal properly.
As stress is reduced, it indirectly results in the reduction of stress hormones or cortisol. If cortisol is kept balanced, some of the most important hormones like thyroid, insulin, estrogen, testosterone etc are also kept in balance. Regular sauna bath can also help the adrenals secrete aldosterone, which on the other hand keep electrolytes in balance as well.
Saunas also improve the natural healing capacity of an individual. Many recent studies show that traditional saunas can significantly improve tissue and wound healing, including retinal injury. Finnish and German scientists have also shown that saunas can reduce the incidence and cold and flu by about 30%. Also, traditional saunas equipment can help reduce the signs of aging and help you maintain a healthy and younger looking skin. The heat that comes from traditional sauna actually stimulates the collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin actually help plump and firm the skin which can also help alleviate stretch marks.