The walls of our “Old Sauna” are made of burnt cedar, the floor is laid with natural stone, and the overall look reflects the spirit of the past. Instead of open hearth, we use electric stove for heating, and medicinal herbs hanging on the walls and under the ceiling emit pleasant aroma to create a very special atmosphere.
Design and technology of this type of sauna were widely used and improved for many centuries in Scandinavia and Russia. Steam rooms became part and parcel of their culture and were built in every land these peoples lived. The chimney that removed smoke to the outside was invented in 18th century, and it’s then that sauna gained its modern appearance. After invention and introduction of electric stoves into sauna’s design in the first half of 20th century, the chimney became just a part of a standard ventilation system.
Inherently, “Old Sauna” belongs to “dry” type of saunas, where the temperature reaches 70 to 100 C, and humidity is low at 10-15%. Heat and periodic spraying of water on medicinal herbs produce a fragrant sweet smell and create excellent conditions for emotional and physical restoration. It is important to avoid overheating of the head, and wearing a special headwear or a toque is recommended. Sitting or lying on a sauna shelf covered with a sheet or a towel makes it more comfortable.
Dry aromatic sauna has especially beneficial effect on respiratory system affected by chronic conditions that include sinusitis, pharyngitis, and bronchitis. It also promotes immunity, improves blood circulation and helps nervous and muscular systems to restore. As an additional benefit, sauna promotes nourishment of the skin by improving its structure and contributes to weight loss.
You can visit sauna one to three times a week, making 3 to 5 entries max 15 minutes long each, depending on your experience and heat tolerance. It is very important to be sensitive to your body’s signals and avoid staying inside too long enduring the heat that feels unpleasant and depressing to the body.
It is equally important to restore water and mineral balance by drinking warm and hot herbal and fruit teas, mineral water and juice. It is not recommended to drink tea or coffee, or other beverages that contain caffeine.