Monday, February 23, 2009

Sauna Love

Now that I have your attention...My newest obsession is the sauna. I got to spend some time with my friend this weekend and she asked me if I wanted to take a sauna at her house after we hung out for a while. "You have a SAUNA at your house?" "Yes, we've had one for a couple of years. I can't believe I never told you. Usually when I tell people the think it's weird or icky."

Uh-uh, not me. It's sauna time.

Just look at these healthy folks in their living room sauna. Smiling and relaxed. It's hard to be pissed off in a sauna. You'd have to really be trying to get enraged in a sauna.

This is the exact sauna my friend had. Is that luxury or what?

And it's truly the ultra-Scandinavian answer to our long long winters in the Upper Midwest. Those Finns know how to deal.

According to my friend (who is a runner) it is very therapeutic and good for post-exercise. It removes toxins and lactic acid from your muscles, so you can recover quicker and not feel sore the day after.

Here are some other health benefits, according to the North American Sauna Society (yes there is such a "Society"!)
  1. Improved circulation and lowered blood pressure
  2. Relieves tension, stress and mental fatigue
  3. Better and more restful sleep
  4. Removal of toxins and impurities from the body
  5. Maintains clear and health skin
I'm filing this under "remedies". Catch you later sauna - I'll be back.

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