Finnish Saunas

Written by Michael Federico
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Finnish saunas are quite different from traditional Swedish saunas. Swedish saunas generally use electric, wood burning, or even infrared heaters to produce heat. Finnish saunas, on the other hand, employ the use of steam. This has given them the distinction of being called wet saunas.

Adding steam to the sauna room, bath, or hut greatly increases the humidity in the air. Even though Finnish saunas are heated to 80° Celsius, they can feel much hotter. Those inside will sweat far more than they would in a dry sauna that has been heated to a higher temperature. The amount of perspiration that occurs when using Finnish saunas makes them perfect for detoxification, because as a person sweats, toxins are expelled from the body.

The History of Finnish Saunas

The sauna dates back over 1,000 years. Many historians believe that Finnish saunas existed in some form in the prehistoric era. The modern sweat baths are closely linked to the sweat lodges of the Native Americans and the Banyas of Russia. Early saunas were portable and therefore were perfect for nomadic peoples. Through time, technology has added features and different heating sources to saunas, but in effect, their function has not changed.

Today, there are over one million private saunas in Finland. When public saunas are counted, the number tops two million. The Finnish Sauna Society is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the world. The sauna is part of the country's history and culture. The craft of making saunas is continually passed down from generation to generation, so the tradition will live on for ages to come.


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