The Christmas sauna is very much a Finnish tradition - and a great way to get the most out of your sauna during the festive period. This is the time of year when we all start to slow down a little, look for opportunities to relax but also when our bodies can be hit with a barrage of germs and toxins. The Christmas sauna can be a great way to enjoy the season and also navigate it healthily.
- Follow the Finnish routine. Around Christmas itself the Finns tend to use the sauna twice a day. A morning session is a lovely way to find some peace at the start of what can often be an incredibly busy day. Using the sauna in the evening can help to cleanse the system and increase the appetite ready to go back and enjoy more food. The Finns traditionally have a cooling off in between sauna sessions, turning this into a whole experience. If you don’t have snow to roll in like the Finns do between their sauna sessions then you can have a cold shower or take a dip in a cold pool instead. This is a great opportunity to bring some festive food into the routine too (outside the sauna), from hot chocolate and gingerbread to cold roast potatoes.
- Make your sauna a festive space. The Finns tend to decorate their saunas around this time of year, filling the space in and around it with festive cheer. That could be seasonal flowers and leaves, candles and anything soft that will create a lovely soothing experience. Don’t forget to make sure that you’ve got everything ready for when you get out of the sauna, whether that’s festive robes and slippers or party hats.
- The Finns use the sauna for quietness and also for connection. A sauna can be a really sociable space where you catch up with family and friends over the Christmas period. Everyone loves to come together and chat and this is a healthy activity that everyone can enjoy while engaging with each other. However, a sauna can also be a profound place of solitude - and this is something the Finns recognise too. So, don’t be afraid to spend some time alone contemplating the year that has just gone and detoxifying all the indulgences from the month you’ve just had.
- Enjoy all the benefits. Spending some time in your sauna over Christmas can help give your body a boost in terms of detoxifying and improving immune defence. To get the most out of all the benefits make sure you drink plenty of water before and after you’ve been in the sauna. The Finns never take alcohol into the sauna for obvious reasons - bear in mind the dehydrating effect of the sauna if your day also involves alcohol. If you tend to have trouble sleeping during the Christmas period then try a sauna before bed for a really restful night.
These are just some of the ways that you can enjoy Christmas saunas like the Finns this year. With a range of traditional and soft options as a modular sauna that allows you to customise the shape, size and design of your sauna and a large variety of ready-made saunas we are sure that we can find the right model for you. Get in touch with a member of our expert team today to discuss our 0% APR Finance options and for more information about our extensive range of saunas and steam rooms.