Sauna and Spa Traditions Around the World

Sauna and spa traditions

Some say that the Finnish sauna is the foundation of the sauna culture. To some extent that is very true. Most sauna experiences, especially in the western world, are very similar to the Finnish sauna experience.

But there are countries and regions that have developed their very own sauna and spa traditions, embedded in their cultures. Let’s go through some of these traditions around the world.

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10 Health Benefits of Using a Sauna Regularly

Sauna health benefits

For some, saunas and steam rooms are a lifestyle. For others, they are merely a way to relax after a workout. Either way, it can’t be denied that saunas have increased in popularity in recent times.

Modern gyms are often equipped with swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms, while home saunas are becoming more affordable.

But what about the health benefits of saunas? Are saunas just to relax, or do they offer some proven benefits for our mental and physical health?

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The Turkish Hammam (or Bath) Experience Explained

Turkish Hammam (Bath)

A Turkish Hammam, also known as a Turkish Bath or Hamam, is a Middle Eastern type of public bathing, cleansing and relaxing. It has been strongly embedded in Turkish and Islamic culture for many centuries.

Fortunately, you don’t always need to travel to Turkey in order to enjoy an authentic Turkish hammam, as this popular sauna and spa tradition has spread to large parts of the western world in recent times.

So let’s have a closer look at what a Turkish hamam is and find out you should try it out at least once in your life.

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Sauna Etiquette (10 Things to Keep in Mind)

Sauna etiquette

You may be forgiven for thinking that using a sauna is as simple as sitting on a bench in a small room for a short amount of time. But there are some rules and guidelines that you should keep in mind when using a sauna in a gym or in a spa.

Sauna etiquette certainly is not complicated and often comes down to common sense and respecting your fellow sauna users. Let’s dive a little deeper into sauna etiquette so you know what to expect next time you are going to get your sweat on.

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Sauna Before or After Workout?

Sauna before or after workout

Using a sauna before or after a workout can have a big impact on your performance as well as on your recovery. Different opinions exist around when to use a sauna in relation to exercising.

Some say it’s better to do this before, while others prefer to use a sauna after working out.

Do you love running, swimming or lifting and your gym is equipped with a sauna or steam room? Read on to find out whether it’s beneficial to jump into a sauna before or after your workout.

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