History of the sauna
An ancient benefit
The word “sauna”comes from Finland and represents something sacred that purifies, not only the body, but also the soul.
In the past it was used as a place to heal and to give peace to the dead. In the symbology, fire was a gift from the sky and steam was the spirit and the life.
In Finland the sauna is part of the daily way of life of people and most of the buidings have a sauna.
The earliest traces of sauna go back to the Stone Age, when men in the caves soaked hot stones with water in order to produce steam.
In the Middle Ages this ritual vanished, except in Finland and Russia. In the most southern regions they build Roman Baths and in the East the steam bath.
The sauna has its origin in East Asia, where they found some traces of the first sweat bath in stone.
Following a migration, about two thousand years ago, the Finns imported it and transformed it into the modern dry hot bath in a wooden and closed space. The sauna then became widespread all over the world.