Sauna - Health Benefits - Exploding Heads
Bathing oneself in heat for the purposes of purification, cleansing, and healing is an ancient practice, dating back thousands of years across many cultures. Variations of its use are seen today in the banyas of Russia, the hararas of Turkey, the sweat lodges of the American Indians, and, most famously, the saunas of Finland. Sauna use, sometimes referred to as “sauna bathing,” is characterized by passive exposure to extreme heat. This exposure elicits mild hyperthermia – an increase in the body’s core temperature – that induces a thermoregulatory response involving hormonal, cardiovascular, and cytoprotective mechanisms that work together to restore homeostasis and condition the body for future stressors. In recent decades, sauna use has emerged as a means to increase lifespan and improve overall health.

We have been reading about the Health Benefits of regular Saunas and a few of us are wondering if these benefits are true and if they are the best way to set up a sauna at home.

So I thought we would come to the home of Saunas (Finland) for Help and Advice. Here is what we have so far: and a community at

If you have anything to share about making saunas a regular part of our lives, the health benefits, etc, we would appreciate any contributions.

Thanks in advance.

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