In Finland there are over 3 million saunas, a country with 5.5 million people, a staggering amount for sure! It is very common for Finns to have saunas in their homes, at the vacation cabins and available throughout Finland in cities, towns and as part of the attractions within the region. Finns are firm believers in the health benefits of saunas. For six years in a row, Finland has also been named the world’s happiest country which is quite an achievement. Sauna is ingrained into the Finnish culture. Is that part of the reason they are the happiest country in the world we might ask?
Sometimes we look at what’s healthy and it feels like work, going to the gym, eliminating the foods we like, dieting, no carbs, no meat, no gluten, which milk alternative to put in our latte. Sounds like a lot. But the sauna experience is wonderful and very relaxing. And now we are hearing so much about the sauna health benefits.
Saunas In the U.S.
More and more people are becoming fans of the sauna experience. It has become increasingly popular. Why wouldn’t it be? Although it is rare some vacation retreats like Nature Mystique Retreat have saunas onsite. For a very reasonable fee, you can reserve a sauna appointment and have this experience while in Hocking Hills Ohio.
Consult with your doctor before using a sauna. It can be used to relieve stress and let go of that tension that so many of us carry. In the United State people are constantly on the go, work life balance is difficult to achieve. It does create a high level of stress for many.
Taking breaks are an essential part of the process. At Nature Mystique Retreat, we have benches outside for regular breaks. We also outline safety rules that are vital including staying hydrated, wearing light loose fitting breathable fabrics, consulting with your physician prior to use and other important information. There are risks for people with certain conditions so you have to be aware of them through consultation with your doctors.
Finnish Culture and Saunas
The word sauna is actually a Finnish word and it is a recognized all over the world as the universal term. That should tell you something about Finnish influence worldwide on the sauna experience. From a practical perspective, a long time ago saunas were actually used by Finns to wash up when there wasn’t hot running water during the winter season. The Sauna is a way to slow down, experience relaxation and decompress. It is something the Finns have learned to do that we can take a lesson from which is the art of balance in life.
Saunas have evolved and became more sophisticated in their build and design throughout the years, there are sauna pods, sauna rafts that literally float in the water, saunas within the home and more. Initially they were basically holes in the earth, now there are various types many very unique and appealing in their design.
Nature Mystique Retreat’s Sauna
We have a sauna pod onsite that people can reserve. It has a glass back that allows you to enjoy the sauna experience with calming views of nature. I can’t tell you how good I feel after enjoying our sauna pod. For me, it relieves all the tension of a vigorous hike or stressful work week. Saunas are known for releasing toxins within the body, reducing muscle pain and promoting a better quality of sleep. I have suffered with insomnia for many years and the sauna has been incredibly helpful in addressing my insomnia.
Although we sometimes don’t think much about the quality of our sleep, it is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Rest and good sleep habits is vital for mood, brain function and overall health. Good sleep also helps to maintain weight control and overall focus.
Yes, people talk about the sauna health benefits. Let’s not forget the fact that it’s a wonderful and relaxing experience that one can enjoy while reaping the rewards. During your next visit to our Magical Earth Retreat, ask about scheduling your sauna appointment.