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5 words to describe sauna bathing as a satisfying addition to any lifestyle

Last year, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed the smoke sauna tradition of Võromaa, Estonia, onto their List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  (Try saying that sentence 5 times fast!)

In other words, a bunch of people publicly recognized that the sauna bathing practices of one culture group is more than a free time activity; it’s an essential part of who they are.

How did sauna bathing reach that kind of status?  Maybe it’s because a long, long time ago, the people of Võromaa might have recognized that a sauna can sometimes be more than just a hot room.  Modern sauna amateurs and aficionados alike probably have countless ways to describe how the sauna impacts their lives.  Maybe they use words like…


Although results vary based on individuals and only a doctor can confidently recommend sauna usage for health reasons, sauna bathing has been linked to a number of important health benefits, including detoxification, improved blood circulation, and an enhanced immune system. You may enjoy spending time in the sauna as an addition to your regular fitness routine.  Thus, sauna bathing can be an investment in a healthier future.


For some, a sauna may represent an intentional space – an area that’s set aside primarily for rest, relaxation, and health.  Sauna bathing might be a way to draw a perimeter around one’s time, a way of setting boundaries that anxieties and concerns are not allowed to cross.


In June of 2013, the Finnish Sauna Society issued a declaration entitled “Public saunas and the Finnish sauna culture must be saved,” stating that sauna bathing is supposed to be a “social, physical, and spiritual experience”.  It’s a good place for some alone time, but it’s also a great place to just sit and chat with the important people in one’s life.


Check your controversy at the door.  Some believe that the sauna is not the place to bring up negative issues or engage in heated dialogue, and if everyone is naked, there’s no physical means of distinction either.  Maybe that’s why the Finnish parliament has a sauna chamber where MPs can hold debates.


If you poke around on the Internet, you can find a vast array of sauna images.  Saunas on the back of bikes.  Saunas on the back of trailers.  Saunas inside buses.  Saunas that float.  Saunas in telephone booths.  You think of it, and you’ll probably be able to find it.  Assembling your own sauna and beautifying the space around it can bring a sense of accomplishment.  The fact remains that Almost Heaven Saunas can provide you with a kit for a wide range of indoor and outdoor saunas and the instructions for how to put them together, but you make it your own.  You pick the accessories and add the little touches and make your sauna a satisfying addition to your unique lifestyle.

If you’d like to learn more about owning your own sauna, give us a call at 888-355-3050.


February 3, 2015 •