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In Finland, nobody seems to count their sauna rounds

I was able to take 50 saunas in 12 days, and multiple sauna rounds with each sauna session.

“So how many rounds do you usually take?” I’d ask.

And the Finns generally would give me a puzzled look. “I don’t keep count.”

It was amazingly wonderful to learn that many Finns treat their sauna sessions without any regard to counting… anything. No timers, no clocks, no cell phones.

Sauna rules are few

Take, for example the free, public use Sompasauna, the wood-burning self-service urban Helsinki sauna installation, built and maintained by a group of volunteers. At Sompasauna, there is only one rule, and it is written on the outside wall: “Don’t be stupid.”

Finland.

When you get too hot, you leave the sauna.

After cold plunge, outside, when you get too cold, you go into the sauna again.

You just do it.

You don’t announce it to anyone or make a production. You just go.

Physical and mental benefits of sauna

The reported health benefits of sauna keep coming. (fresh news: saunas reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease). During my Sauna Talk interview with Dr. Jari Laukkanen, we discuss health benefits of sauna, and we acknowledge that the benefits are both physical and mental.

It is easy to understand that regular sauna bathing (and cold plunging) helps open up blood vessels and increase circulation. Yet it is also something to consider that regulars sauna bathing is also enjoyable (like crazy). The mental relaxation helps release stress. Sauna is very good for knocking stress on its ass. Dissolving stress and heightening good feelings. This is also good for us, and our hearts.

Physical and mental.

Because we are so free during sauna, not having to count our sauna rounds, we allow ourselves to benefit from an ultimate euphoria of relaxation.

Do you have a structured, over programmed, busy life? Try a relaxing extensive sauna session, 2, 3, or 4 hours, or all day. No need to count nothing.

Just how happy you are, and how free you feel.

endorphin rushing in bitter cold

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