Consider that sauna is bathing.
Yes, sauna provides a lot of other great things – like relaxing of mind, muscles. the mental reset button. But fundamentally sauna is bathing.
- A hot tub is NOT bathing.
- A steam shower is NOT bathing.
- Sauna is bathing.
For centuries, saunas tucked in rural farmlands and dotted along shorelines have provided a functional bathing experience for their users. Traditionally, Saturday is sauna night. The weekly ritual of a family sauna. Often women and children first, then the men. Then a family dinner, all clean and happy as a set up for Sunday church or chilling out as a day of rest to follow. Many homes in Finland and Northern Minnesota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have resisted modern plumbing, and “conveniences” of a bathroom with a modern shower. The resistance is not because of luddite stubbornness or frugality.
People at their cottages, cabins, hunting shacks, etc. maintain the sauna bathing tradition by choice.
Today, we are full of abundance.
When we built our cabin, for example, we designed and built a shower in the bathroom. In 20 years, I have never used our cabin shower. Come to think of it, I hope I die never having used our cabin shower. I don’t know about you, but I hope I go out like one of those old souls, marching down to sauna with his bucket of water well into old age. I hope I die within 24 hours of my last sauna.
When you have a sauna, you don’t need a shower.
Sauna bathing is what it is.