Properly pronounced as “SOW-nuh”…
Finnish sauna bathing is a custom that dates back at least 1000 years. It is meant to be a relaxing process of transitions between hot and cool. This series of warm up, cool down, warm up, cool down, etc. can go on for a while. After sitting in the sauna for a suitable amount of time, go sit outside for a little bit and bring your core temperature back down. Some of the more die-hard sauna enthusiasts will jump in the snow or pour ice water over them. I promise it’s wonderful and exhilarating! No matter how you sauna, just be sure to replenish fluids.
In Finland, they say that humans are at their most glowing and beautiful 30 minutes after taking a sauna. While this may be true, saunas do have many incredible health benefits: relieves stress, burns a surprising number of calories, flushes toxins, soothes and relaxes muscles and joints, cleanses and improves the skin, improves pulmonary performance, invokes a deeper sleep, boosts immunity, fights illness and depression, activates the sebaceous gland to make your hair look great naturally, and is overall a great way to spend a rejuvenating evening with loved ones.