A traditional Finnish song says: “Sauna will make your skin softer. When you feel your veins and bones hurt, the answer is sauna. When you have a headache, the answer is sauna. If you go to a sauna when you’re freezing to death, its warmth will dwell in the depths of your heart. But remember, first you need to warm yourself up on the inside and only then enter a sauna.”
When it comes to saunas, Finland is the kingdom. A friend of mine who lives there told me that there are actually more saunas in the country than personal vehicles. That’s a jaw – dropping information! It seems that Finland is making its way into the eco – friendly society faster than any other country in the world. I would definitely move there if it weren’t for the weather. The shortage of sunny days will undoubtedly have a bad impact on my mood because I’m all about sun, water, salt and more sun! However, the idea of living in a country where saunas are more frequent than bad gasses in the air is restoring my faith in humanity.
And since I definitely do not plan on moving anywhere, I decided to bring Finland to my home. I told my husband about my idea of buying a sauna for our home, and to my relief he was as excited about it as I was. Now, home saunas are nothing like the public ones. They are usually self – contained where you can lie down and relax inside the unit. They are not big rooms where you can chit chat with other people, but more personal spaces where you get to enjoy the heat by yourself, which trust me, feels amazing! Of course, you can always build one inside your home, but if you want to go with the more affordable alternative, it’s totally fine. They are as good as the big ones and are so practical and easy to use.
When you purchasing a home sauna you want to feel all the perks that come with it, so make sure you put sauna accessories on your buying list as well. It’s up to you if you want to make your sauna space romantic and decorate it with candles and different blends of essential oils, but make sure you don’t forget the must-have accessories. For example, you need a control box to provide your home sauna with individual temperatures for the sauna dome and for the heated mat. It’s a small portable device that you can place by your side, so when it reaches the desired temperature, you can turn it off and enjoy. Also, you can’t go without a curtain. Home sauna curtains are water resistant, soft and easily detachable. Without these accessories your sauna experience won’t be complete, so don’t forget about them.
After I created a small piece of Finland in my home, I totally get it why its citizens are one of the happiest in the world. They go to saunas instead in cafes to interact with their friends and that sounds like the coolest friends reunion to me. Also, they are one of the healthiest people alive and that definitely has something to do with all the great benefits that saunas provide.
So the next time you’re feeling a bit “blah” about the idea of working out, consider heading directly to the sauna or even better, consider buying one for your home. It will change your everyday routine and will make you healthier and happier.