6 Ways Taking A Traditional Finnish Sauna Can Manage Your Stress And Improve Your Mental Well-Being

For centuries Finnish people have taken regular sauna as a way to relax, socialise and simply be still for a while. In our modern and busy lives, it is essential that we take time to slow down and be in the moment.

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1.The Heat And Steam Produced Relaxes Us 

The Finnish word ´löyly´(pronounced Low-Lou) is the name for the soothing, evaporating hot steam that rises from a sauna stove after water has been added to it. It turns into humid heaven, capable of slowly relaxing worried minds. The regular cycle of sauna and a cold shower or plunge afterwards Stimulates The Immune System and releases endorphins.  

2. It’s An Egalitarian place. Titles And Hierarchies Disappear

Much of our mental well being is affected when we compare ourselves unfavourably to others. The sauna is a symbolic forum of egalitarianism. It’s the ultimate expression of the equality and classlessness the Finns promote and the often shared experience promotes togetherness.

3. Sauna Promotes Openness And Honesty

The Finns are often seen as reserved people but they don’t have any issues doing business in a sauna. The relaxed environment offers the opportunity to express oneself more openly and directly.

4. There Are No Distractions

Our brain’s use a lot of energy so rest and relaxation are incredibly important to maintaining their health. Taking a traditional Finnish sauna helps you to unwind, rest and rejuvenate. Once the door closes the outside world is shut out for a while and calmness and serenity take over.

5. They Are Social Places

Friends not only help you deal with stress, but they can also encourage you to take better care of yourself. Social support not only helps improve a person’s well-being, it can help to improve the immune system as well. Finland is the happiest country in the world and it’s a place where friends and families regularly gather in saunas.

6. Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can increase contentment, decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and it can also be used as part of a traditional sauna session. It either occurs naturally due to the presence of birch whisks or a wood-burning sauna heater. It can be enhanced by the addition of scents and oils which can be added to the water.

A traditional Finnish Sauna
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