The people of Finland figured out the benefits of using a sauna more than 2,000 years ago, which isn't surprising as they are credited with inventing it. With a population of just over five million, Finland is estimated to be home to over 2 million saunas.
Sauna King Systems Inc. has been manufacturing and supplying sauna heaters and custom built saunas for more than 40 years. Through their experience of listening to North American consumers concerned about the incorrect building of home saunas, the company developed the Steamcube, a standalone, functional yet portable sauna that anybody can assemble. The Steamcube is suitable to be placed either inside or outside the home or cabin.
Let's look at a few of the numerous benefits that regular sauna use can provide:
1. Stress relief
Saunas have long been looked on as a quiet, contemplative place. The warm, inviting environment of a sauna offers a sense of peace and harmony. It's a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the world and relax.
2. Muscle relaxation
The hot steam of a Sauna King Systems sauna heater is a benefit to anyone suffering aches and pains that can be helped by heat or steam therapy.
3. Cardiovascular health
In recent study from the University of Eastern Finland, researchers followed more than 2,300 men aged between 42 and 60 years old for over two decades and found that those who used saunas frequently had a 63 percent decrease in deaths due to heart attacks and strokes.
4. Risk reduction for dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
The Finnish study also found that those subjects whose sauna use averaged 4 – 7 times per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia at the 20-year follow up mark than the men who only used the sauna once a week. In addition, the subjects had a 65% risk reduction for Alzheimer's Disease.
5. Improved blood pressure
Improvements in blood pressure, blood flow, and heart function have been seen with as little as four sauna sessions a week. Scientist refer to sauna bathing as "passive heat therapy" and speculate that the health benefits are due to the sauna raising the body's core temperature, which in turn promotes better blood flow.