HOW TO TAKE A SAUNA BATH|
Warming up a sauna with an electric heater takes normally 45-60 minutes. The electric stoves are always on and ready for bathing. Take your clothes off and take a shower before entering the sauna. Use a little towel or comparable to sit on the laude. For the Finns, a sauna is one of the least sexy places they know, so it is normal to be naked in the sauna, even if there are others with you. Usually, a family bathes together regardless of the sex. Unrelated people usually take a sauna together with persons of the same sex. The formula for the sauna bathing depends on the time to be spent.
A short formula contains the following steps:
1. Taking loylyThe medium formula
1. The first loyly to warm upThe long formula
1. The first loyly to warm upThere is no "right" formula for a sauna bath. The most important thing is: do not hurry. A sauna is a place for relaxation and refreshing. If you do not have plenty of time, choose a relaxed short formula over a long formula with hurry.
In the summer, especially in the saunas of the Finnish summer cottages, a bundle of birch branches, in Finnish "vasta" (eastern part of Finland) or "vihta" (western part of Finland) is used to boost the main loyly. People whip themselves with the vasta/vihta, which stimulates the skins blood circulation. The smell of the birch is very pleasant and it fulfills the pleasure.
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