Today, when most Americans think of a sauna, they imagine a day out at the spa or a luxury resort. But the truth is that the history of the sauna stretches back thousands of years to Finland, where there was an early appreciation of the health benefits of steam. By helping with relaxation, removing toxins from the body, and easing joint pain, saunas have long been a secret weapon of Nordic culture.
Fortunately, you don’t have to make a trip to Finland to enjoy the benefits of a good sauna. In fact, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a sauna without having to leave your home. There are a wide variety of outdoor sauna kits that can bring a touch of the Finnish tradition to any property. BZB Cabins and Outdoors, which also specializes in cabins and sheds, has several models available.
Each kit is ready to assemble and is made from Nordic Spruce. As their manufactured in Europe by true craftsmen, you can be sure that you are getting thick, high-quality wood that will provide better insulation and a better sauna. These outdoor saunas are perfect to place in any backyard, whether you decide on an igloo, barrel, or oval shape. Different sizes also mean that you can create an intimate sauna for two or a festival atmosphere for eight. And, as they come unfinished, you can personalize the exterior to match or accent your home.
The models come with a woodburning stove by Harvia of Finland, the largest sauna heater manufacturer in the world. Some also have features like covered porches with seating where you can catch a break from the heat.
With the extreme cold of Finnish winters, it’s no wonder that these bathhouses originate there. Used to help promote circulation, the earliest Finnish saunas date back over 2000 years. At first, they were most likely pits dug into the ground. But soon, they became more permanent structures made from wood logs.
Many rituals and traditions revolved around the sauna. Not only were they used for bathing, but prior to modern medicine women gave birth in saunas due to their sterile environment. It was also where they underwent purification rituals prior to wedding ceremonies. As a standard of living in Finland, even today most houses continue to have their own sauna rooms. So, why not bring this Scandinavian staple to your own life?