Dry Aroma Sauna — “Old Sauna” recreates the image of those old steam rooms, which were stoked up with a chimney-less stove.
People used burning wood for heating of stones inside the sauna. Products of combustion- soot and smoke, left black traces on sauna walls and thus ensured disinfection.
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 an electric stove for heating. Medicinal herbs hanging on the walls and under the ceiling emit a 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 cultures and were built in every land these peoples lived. The chimney that removed smoke to the outside was invented in the 18th century, and it’s then that sauna gained its modern appearance. After the 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.
If you have an acute illness, weak general health, any form of cancer, thrombophlebitis, or some form of skin conditions that is heat or steam intolerant, avoid sauna use. If you are pregnant or suffering from low blood pressure or hypertension, please consult your doctor before using the banya.
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 effects on respiratory systems 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.
It is equally important to restore water and mineral balance by drinking warm and hot herbal and fruit teas, mineral water, juice, and electrolytes. It is not recommended to drink tea or coffee, or other beverages that contain caffeine.