The sauna has been a way of life in Finland, where the present form originated, for in excess of 2000 years. Since then it has found its way into the cultures of most nations. The evolution of the sauna has meant that most health clubs now have one, for people to ease the stresses and strains of everyday life. More and more people are installing saunas into their homes. It is said that, in Finland, there are enough saunas to house all 5.4 million citizens at the same time!
Early saunas were dug into banks in the ground, later forms were log buildings. Rocks were heated in a wood fired stove until they were extremely hot, and then used to heat the sauna room. With no chimney the cabin filled with smoke, and some think that this is where the name “sauna” originated, from the Finnish word for smoke. Later saunas had wood stoves with chimneys.
Luckily saunas have moved with the times, and modern saunas are mostly indoor cabins, made from a variety of woods, which are heated by an electric stove within the cabin. The basic principle has remained the same, though comfort has been improved greatly, with curved benches, backrests, mood lighting, and even music.
So, whether you are a home-