When was the last time you had a sauna? The health benefits of sauna treatments are well known in Scandinavia. A lot of Scandinavian homes come with an inbuilt sauna, or a sauna down by the lake. It sounds strange to the rest of the world, but the Scandinavians really do appreciate their saunas. They are used all year around in countries like Finland, Sweden and Norway and perhaps you should consider having one installed as well. After all, it can only do you more good than harm.
Saunas have been popular for a long time in Scandinavia, and it is rumored that the Vikings came up with the idea. They are said to have had small huts by the water with a wood burning fire. They burned birch wood which is very slow burning, and heated up the little hut. When it got to be too hot, they simply jumped in the water only to go back in the sauna later. Today, many hundreds of years later, the sauna is more popular than ever. But what is it good for?
Boosting your immune system and circulation
The Scandinavians are still great believers and lovers of cold water swimming. They believe that swimming in cold water will boost your immune system, and they could well be right. However, they like to make up for it as well. Once they have been for their cold swim, they jump into their sauna. A sauna can be really hot, and it will make you sweat very quickly. Scandinavians believe that by raising the body heat, you will sweat out any impurities that you have in your body. This is one way of making sure that your immune system stays in good working order.