sauna seats

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!



inside view of kiuas
Lined with Finnish spruce , the stove is  filled with Finnish granite

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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15 thoughts on “SAUNA NIGHT

  1. Awesome post! Makes me want to do something about my pimply in grown hairs 😔 Thanks for the suggestions 😊

  2. It’s an absolutely divine experience. I’ve been feeling a bit stretched lately and booked to go to the sauna on Saturday. Wish I had it where I can turn it on at will. Enjoy the moments 🙂

  3. BRILLIANT IDEA! I love saunas. In the ‘olden’ days I could not work out how nordics made them but do you think they were influenced by say, natural hot streams or something else? Definitely the BEST invention EVER

    1. I think campfires. The rustic way of making a sauna, say when out camping for example, is to heat a whole pile of big rocks on a fire, then take them into a tent (in a big metal container of some sort). Throw some water on the rocks, and away you go 🙂 It doesn’t last an awfully long time if there’s lots but you could have two lots of rocks on the go I suppose. I have had saunas like this. Perhaps way back when someone discovered water on hot rocks makes steam, and steam is warm…. Another old fashioned sauna is a smoke one. That’s when a barrel filled with rocks is heated up over a fire in the sauna. The whole room of course fills with smoke. Once the fire is out, the room is vented of smoke before you go in. It’s a very traditional sauna, and the room is black inside. The whole building looks like its on fire while its heating up. Where TRH comes from they still had a couple in use. There’s lots of saunas in Finland. City folk go to public saunas – we always went as a family on a Saturday night. They have old washer women who scrub your back while you sit on a stool 🙂 Dad always cooked some pilchards in the fire and he had a bottle of pilsener which we were allowed to taste as well. Still remember the taste of those 🙂 Our sauna is electric. Modern convenience.

    1. Hello Matti. Yes, it is a proper Finnish one. The sauna on wheels is very novel. An old Finnish couple here in Adelaide many years ago had a sauna in the corner of their back yard which was made from a huge oak wine barrel. It was very cute and very functional. Hope you have a good weekend too.

  4. The sauna sounds like a wonderful idea to me, even though we are entering summer here. I haven’t heard of the skin brushing before but it makes sense. I just don’t know if my sensitive skin will tolerate it. I may give a try with a loofah. Stay warm.

    1. Loofah is good too. Gentle, circular motions. Even a rough towel will do the same thing. We have saunas in summer too – sounds crazy but in hot weather it is surprisingly refreshing 🙂

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