Scents are more powerful than you might think. We all know that a simple whiff of a smell can trigger memories of places and people, and has the power to evoke strong emotions. But what you might not know is that smells have a significant and direct impact on our bodies through our nervous system.
Finnish people know how its done - they have been using saunas since ancient times and to this day, sauna is an important part of everyday life for a vast number of fins. Here are two things habits to adopt if you want a full and authentic finnish sauna experience.
A weekend in Helsinki can be pretty cold and windy this time of the year, but something sets this city apart from other big cities of northern Europe. Wherever you go, you are never far from a warming sauna.
1. A sauna session is like a workout for the heart and blood vessels. The heat makes the blood vessels expand and raises the heart rate, thus exercising the whole cardiac system. When we cool down the vessels contract again, and the whole procedure is beneficial for the blood pressure.
In this busy and hectic world of ours, an increasing number of people suffer from sleeping disorders or simply find it difficult to fall asleep, but a sauna session before bedtime will put you into sleeping mode.
Hans Hägglund is not only a Phd at the Academic Clinic in Uppsala, he is also the medical advisor to the Swedish Sauna Academy. He speaks with great enthusiasm about the health benefits of regular sauna bathing. In an interview with the magazine Femina, he explains how the heat affects our bodies.