It’s been cold and wet here for over a week now. Winter is officially almost around the corner, but not quite yet. It really was the perfect time to warm up in the good old fashioned Finnish way.
Mind you, it was the kid’s suggestion. We were busy being Master Chef tragics.
So we heated up the sauna. No self-respecting Finn would be without one. Really! It just took us a long time to get there. In this kind of weather it’s just the bees knees.
All that’s missing is the bundle of birch leaves. If we could go the whole hog, we’d beat ourselves with them to get the circulation going. It sounds a bit like medieval torture. It’s not, it feels fabulous. Just one minor problem – birch trees are virtually non-existent here.
There’s nothing quite like having a roaring hot sauna, putting on a clean pair of pj’s and jumping into bed with a fresh set of sheets. Bliss!
“When the pores are not clogged with dead cells and the lymphatic system is stimulated and cleansed, all organs in the body are better able to carry out the important function of eliminating toxic waste. Further, it increases blood circulation in all underlying organs and tissues.” Creative health institute
The sauna is perfect for detoxing. I often start with dry skin brushing. It sloughs off the dead skin cells, boosts the circulation. Then a good sweat, alternate hot/cold showering, and the skin is left squeaky clean.
To top it off, I sometimes treat myself to a hot oil hair condition as well. I massage either olive oil or coconut oil into my hair, slip on a disposable shower cap and wrap a towel around my hair before I go in the sauna. Works a treat. If you haven’t got a sauna, you can do it by warming a towel in the microwave. Have two towels to hand and when the first one cools off, replace it with a warmed one. Repeat for about 20 minutes then wash your hair as normal. Leaves it silky soft.
And you don’t need a sauna to benefit from dry skin brushing either. It has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians. More than 30 years ago, a Finnish doctor, Paavo Airola, prescribed it for all his patients. He believed it to be an effective way to detoxifying the lymph system as well as exfoliating and stimulating the skin. Dry skin brushing opens the pores and cleans out the lymphatic system. It is a fantastic way to maintain healthy skin and a healthy body.
Use a natural bristle brush with a removable handle or a loofah. Five minutes a day before showering will leave your skin healthy and glowing. Always brush in a circular motion towards your heart (except from the neck up). Start from the feet and work your way up. Avoid sensitive areas and broken skin. Combine with alternating warm and cold showers. Refreshing, enlivening and leaves your smooth and soft. Try it !
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