Sauna has long been regarded as one of Estonians' favorite pastimes. Sauna is always important to Estonians, and the rest of the world is aware of our long-standing tradition. Today, going to the sauna is considered one of the forms of therapy because it releases happiness hormones in the body, reducing stress and elevating mood on its own. You will feel light and happy after the sauna procedures. A restful night's sleep is assured.
Sauna has a good effect on the body
The skin is renewed from the inside out over 28 days. The self-renewal of the skin is aided and accelerated in a sauna with branches and hot steam. Sweat can help your immune system by removing many harmful toxins from your body.
Branches can be made from a variety of plants. Although birch and oak are more well-known, why not juniper or nettle? Nettle is especially good for aching joints. Place the herb in warm water for up to five minutes (avoid boiling water), then in cold water for up to five minutes to get proper branch experience.
You could try to make a branch out of your backyard during the summer. Every plant has its energy, and you might be surprised at how the plants you require arrived at your doorstep. Whipping fresh plants in the steam room also produces a wonderful magical aroma. It's not a good idea to soak branches in water after whipping because this will cause the whisk to lose its leaves the fastest.
If a ritual experience is desired, fresh or dried plants can be added to the steam water. A good sauna experience also includes a variety of essential oils. Everyone has a favorite, but mint is always helpful in the treatment of respiratory ailments.
It's important to remember that going to the sauna dehydrates your body, so drinking alcohol isn't really a good idea. Rather, double-check that you have enough water.
When does the sauna help?
Even Hippocrates, the father of ancient medicine, stated that if no other medicine works, the sauna will undoubtedly help.
Because heat kills microbes, viral and cold diseases are quickly alleviated. Saunas are especially beneficial for people who suffer from respiratory problems. The sauna can also help with joint pain and chronic headaches because it is a natural pain reliever.
According to a study conducted by Finns, those who visited the sauna more than four times per week had a 63 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack than those who visited the sauna only once per week. Consider what we will miss out on if we refuse to go to the sauna at all.
Sauna also helps to relieve muscle tension after a workout.
How to experience sauna procedures?
When visiting a sauna, you should first shower with running water before proceeding to the steam room.
Taking a foot bath with herbs is also a nice addition to the sauna experience. It's interesting to note that 85 percent of those who responded to our Instagram poll had never tried this before. Fresh or dried plants can be used, and they should be placed in a bowl of warm water. Mint and St. John's wort are uplifting herbs. Calendula, chamomile, and hops are all good for falling asleep. When you get out of the bath, your feet feel several pounds lighter. Even a 5- to the 10-minute bath will suffice.
One of the most common blunders is washing with soap or shower gel after enjoying sauna pleasures. The soap dries out the skin by removing its natural protective layer. We are already wiping out the pores and sweating out the toxins in the sauna, so there is no point in rubbing off this last layer of protection. Sauna sessions should be followed by a thorough body scrub to remove dead skin cells. Because the essential oil hidden in it begins to create the magic of scent in the heat and offers a special aromatherapy pleasure, our female force exfoliator is designed for sauna fans.
A regular sauna session also aids in the preservation of youth, as various procedures aid in the retention of moisture in the skin.
Positive effects from the cold treatment
Snow, cold bathing, and showering, of course, are all immune boosters in the winter. You can either immerse yourself in the snow or walk barefoot on it before entering the sauna. It is important to remember that you should not immediately return to the stage after this, but rather allow your body to recover, for example in the sauna lobby. The same can be said for sauna procedures that involve submerging yourself in snow. Allow your body to return to normal before exposing yourself to the heat.
Cold reduces stress, which is extremely beneficial. You will not get sick as easily if you are less stressed. Cold water has analgesic properties and stimulates the release of happy hormones. The mood is improving, which is also notable. After a mild shock to the body, the person begins to breathe more deeply, which increases heart rate, activates the circulatory system, and releases endorphins.
Although cold water boosts immunity, it is best to avoid an icy bath if you have heart problems.
The skin is radiant. As much as possible, keep the shower and bath procedures in warm water to a minimum. Hot water strips the body of its natural oils, and the longer we stay in it, the worse our skin becomes. It also causes a "pulling" sensation after washing, which is an all-too-familiar sensation. After washing, apply non-water-containing body oil or butter to the entire surface of the skin. Ending your shower or bath with cold water, on the other hand, is an effective way to improve blood circulation and skin condition. Allow yourself some time to adjust to the cold water. Begin with cooler water and gradually increase the chill factor. In a few weeks, your body will adjust to the new habit.
In a study of 3,000 people in the Netherlands, two-thirds said that a cold shower increased their energy levels as much as a cup of coffee. Also, check out our health interview with Madis Meister, an iceman from Estonia.