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Rules for visiting the sauna (baths)

A visit to the bath (sauna) is a kind of ritual in which the soul and body are cleansed of everything that weighs us down.

Avid lovers of steam, do it regularly, every week allocating a bath day for this. It becomes a tradition and a necessity for them. In a good bath/sauna, you can get real pleasure and the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of life and problems.


Varieties of paired


A Russian bath - is a room for washing with the simultaneous action of water and steam. The temperature in the steam room is maintained at - 70-80 degrees Celsius and the humidity is 60-70%. The steam room is hot enough, but the body does not overheat and the skin does not burn. The body warms up deeply and evenly.


A Finnish sauna - is a steam room with a high air temperature (90-110 degrees Celsius) and low humidity (no more than 20%). Due to the low humidity of the air, even the elderly and children can comfortably tolerate staying in the steam room.


The Russian-Finnish version - is when in the steam room they put water on the heater (ideally, with alcoholic tinctures from herbs), achieving high temperature and humidity.


Useful properties of the steam room


Hot steam stimulates the normal functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, cleanses the skin of dead cells. Copiously secreted sweat removes toxins and slags from the body. The mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract experiences intense thermal effects.

The bath, eliminating stagnant processes in the large and small circulatory circles, contributes to the normalization of the entire cardiovascular system. The metabolic processes occurring in the cells are intensified, the skin tissues begin to absorb oxygen more actively. With sweat, excess lactic acid is excreted, which is the cause of fatigue.

Bath treatments improve digestion and reduce acidity. Temperature contrast and aromatherapy also have a positive effect, which reduces the overall nervous tension.

After visiting the steam room, there is an increase in white blood cells in the blood, which play an important role in the immune defense of the human body.

The psychological state improves, the heat relaxes the muscles, tones, relieves fatigue and perfectly restores vital activity.


General rules for preparing and visiting the bath (sauna) for maximum benefit and the highest pleasure:


1. Two hours before the visit, do not eat anything (you can only drink water, tea, eat fruit).


2. The last meal on a bath day should be completely carbohydrate (for example, porridge on water, bread, green tea, pastries). You cannot drink coffee, eat protein and fatty foods (meat, fish, cheese, cottage cheese, milk, lard, butter).


3. Mandatory bath set: a cap (wool, felt), slates, two thick towels on which you will sit in the steam room and recreation area. And also: washcloth, soap, shampoo, bathrobe, towel for wiping.


4. You only need to go into the steam room naked (synthetic swimsuits spoil the whole effect, bring unpleasant odors).


5. To give in to the stones, use herbal tinctures (for example, pharmacy alcohol: mint, eucalyptus, calendula, valerian, rosehip or brew them yourself). It is necessary to dilute the tinctures purchased at the pharmacy in hot water in a ratio of 1:15. Various oils (sold in Moscow pharmacies, it is better not to buy, as a rule, this is chemistry) and beer cannot be poured on the heater, but only sprinkle on the walls for the smell.


6. After the first call "dry" (undress and immediately go to the steam room on the lower shelf for gentle warming up of the body, 5 minutes), you need to wash thoroughly with a washcloth. That is, it is necessary to wash not after the bath, but before!


7. It is necessary to adhere to such a schedule of visits to the steam room: three visits of 4 minutes, then a break of 8 minutes. On the seventh approach, you should feel "inner joy", you will feel divinely good and goosebumps will run down your back. If this does not happen, it means that you have not been in the bath for a long time - your body has already forgotten these wonderful sensations.

For information: in 3 hours I make 15 visits to the steam room, as a result I lose 2,5 kg of weight, provided that I drink 2,5 liters of liquid (water, juice, tea), that is, I actually lose 5 kg.


8. After each visit to the steam room, with the exception of all the third ones, after which you go to rest, you need to plunge into the ice font with your head (for 10 seconds), or pour plenty of cold water under the shower. The head should also be cooled, otherwise it may hurt the next day. After the third approach (before each break), you need to thoroughly rinse with warm water under the shower - wash off sweat and secretions.


9. In the steam room, it is advisable not to talk, but to breathe calmly and deeply, inhaling through the nose, exhaling through the mouth. It's great if you can lie down on the shelves and lift your legs above your head, resting them against the wall.


10. You cannot go into the steam room and sit in plastic/rubber slates, only barefoot or in special felt slippers.


11. Periodically (every 40 minutes), the steam room must be ventilated for 5 minutes by opening the door wide open, the ventilation hatch and twisting the towel.


12. During breaks, you can only drink water, kvass, tea, compote or juice. Vodka and beer - it is not recommended to use! If your goal is to "get drunk", then it's better to stay at home watching TV and invite drinking buddies for company, and send your wife to mom for a couple of days.


13. If you go to the bathhouse with a company, it makes sense to take two brooms with you or buy them there (birch - 300 rubles, oak - 350 rubles), and steam each other thoroughly. Whipping with a broom should be carried out in the direction from the limbs to the heart.


14. If you are an avid smoker, then refrain from your addiction while visiting the bathhouse - do not smoke! After receiving the bath procedures, you may not want to do it ever again.


Contraindications to visiting a bath (sauna):


1. You have a cold and your body temperature is above 37,5 degrees.


2. You have high blood pressure.


3. Your age is over 50, and you have never been in a bath in your life (there is no point in starting, you have a bath/shower at home).

Rules for visiting the sauna