Sorri (1988) wrote a psychoanalytic view of sauna bathing and described it as follows (p.236):
Sauna bathing is a pleasant and relaxing experience that combines psychic,
physical and social pleasures. A person’s inner feelings about sauna bathing, its
essential components are mainly unconscious. The sauna bath reduces the
aggressive behavior and enables bathers to forget the commonplace pressures of
everyday life. The sauna evokes memories of childhood development, awakening
feelings of maternal warmth and paternal power in the bather.
Dr. Sorri discussed how the sauna is an excellent place for philosophizing and creative thinking, “dissolves” stress and negative feelings and declared the sauna a “positive mental health resource.”