The sauna is generally considered to be invented in Finland. But Finns don’t want all the credit, just what is due. Who made the first sauna is not as important as who developed it to the high standards of the culture we see today. In Finland, almost every home has a sauna. At least no other country can claim that, not even the other Scandinavian countries. The sauna survived and developed in Finland because the Finns were people of the forest and nature, and never deviated from the proper way to use the sauna in daily life. This attitude is partly due to tradition and the Finns’ historically healthy attitude toward the human body. That is why the Finns even today are the keepers of the sauna culture and sauna enjoyment.
The sauna has always been important for Finns. It has a long history, going back at least a thousand year, probably more. Originally the sauna was a place to bathe, but as it was the only available clean place with abundant water, it has also been a place for giving birth and healing the sick.
There are today an estimated 2 million saunas in Finland, 1.2 million of which are in private apartments and the rest in summer cottages, hotels and public swimming pools.
Why do we need the sauna?
A sauna is an excellent way to benefit from overheating therapy. In addition to an artificially induced fever, the sauna is specifically conducive to profuse therapeutic sweating. The skin is our largest eliminative organ. It is generally considered that the skin should eliminate 30% of the body wastes by way of perspiration. Taking sauna baths regularly will help to restore and revitalize the cleansing activity of the skin.