There are many kinds of saunas in the world and every sauna experience is unique. The definition of sauna is a room or house designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions.

Sweat-bathing is a general definition for various types of bathing in high temperatures. A traditional (Finnish) sauna usually means a dry sauna, when compared with a Turkish-style steam bath. The temperature in a traditional sauna is typically between 70°C (158 °F) and 100°C (212 °F).  

Other types of sweat bath are e.g. the Roman balneae and thermae, the Turkish hammam, the North American natives’ sweat lodge, the temascal in Mexico and Guatemala, the Japanese hot water baths sentoo and o-furo and the Russian bania.

Health benefits

Sauna provides essential wellbeing for body, mind and soul.

In today’s hectic life people need easy ways to relax and take care of their health. Sauna is a great get away from our busy life and it also has clear health benefits. These have been proven by many medical studies.

Sauna relieves stress and tension, alleviates pains, gives better and more restful sleep, helps burn calories and cleanses the pores of the skin.

The golden rule with sauna is that one needs to feel comfortable: you can go to the sauna as often as you wish, stay there as long as you wish and repeat the hot-cold cycle as many times as you wish so long as it feels comfortable. For any healthy person the sauna bath presents no health risk.

Sauna is a place where you are able to enjoy serenity and tranquility. Sauna is a holistic experience that provides essential wellbeing and pleasure for body, mind and soul.

More about Sauna:

The North American Sauna Society

The Finnish Sauna Society

Visit Sauna

Sauna from Finland Association