The Traditional Finnish Sauna Made in Finland!

Why such a title?
Because 95% of Finnish saunas sold in France are manufactured in China...

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Why Finland?

This country has a long tradition of sweat cabins and their use is such that there are more saunas than there are dwellings. This means that there may be more than one in a house. Thus, it is not uncommon to have a large sauna to receive friends, and a smaller sauna reserved for family use.
. We adapt to the configuration of each habitat and to the desires of our customers.
To meet our quality standards, we are naturally oriented towards the traditional sauna's country of origin: Finland.
Among manufacturers in Finland, Harvia is the most important. This family business created over 60 years ago manufactures sauna cabins as well as heaters for professionals and individuals alike.
Given the very large variations in temperature it undergoes, the manufacture of a steam sauna should follow certain strict rules. The assembly quality and especially the origin of the materials and their characteristics allow it to not deteriorate through the years.
The Harvia sauna cabin is designed for intensive use. The wood comes exclusively from Finland. It grows slowly, in a harsh climate. It is much more dense than the one found in our environments. It will resist well to sudden temperature changes and to when used in a professional environment such as fitness centers. Of course our Finnish saunas also find their place in private individuals' homes, who are anxious to buy a "wellness ally" that will accompany them throughout their lives.

The health benefits

The origin of the sauna dates back to over 2000 years ago. Its birthplace is located in Finland and in Russia. Originally heated by a wood fire, it is currently in a very large majority of cases heated by an electric heater.
The sauna is a place of exchange and conviviality. Dialogue becomes more spontaneous. The sauna is taken between friends but also at work. Almost all companies in Finland have at least 2 saunas: one for women, another for men.
But the sauna is especially appreciated for the benefits it brings to both body and spirit.
The high heat that prevails causes profuse sweating and allows the elimination of toxins and heavy metals. The skin pores open, metabolism accelerates. By throwing water on the stones cabin temperature can be increased punctually. What a pleasure it is to feel the burning vapor droplets land on the skin!
But the sauna would be nothing without a cold shower. The effect is striking. This will immediately stop the sweating, and the generated sensation will compare to drunkenness/be intoxicating, and total well being.
Some like to have several sessions in the sauna, others only a single one. There is no rule. The key is to make it beneficial. Only one rule is observed: you should listen to your body when using the sauna. Some days a session can last a few minutes, others longer. If you do not want to do the sauna, do not force it.
The sauna temperature is about 70 to 80 degrees Celsius. Less, if the air is moistened. There is no rule: a sauna session may very well be done at about 60 degrees Celsius if it feels more comfortable. The only objective is to reap all the possible benefits.

Sauna or hammam?

The sauna is characterized by high temperatures and dryness. It is generally produced by an electric heater in which are placed stones.
The sauna is entirely made of wood. Its "sandwich" type of walls are composed of an outer and an inner wood paneling in between which are inserted an insulator and a vapor barrier made of aluminum. The total thickness of the walls in a high-end sauna is 80 mm and in a low-end sauna between 45 and 60mm.
Installing a sauna requires an electrical connection. Its consumption amounts to a cost of approximately 1.00 Euros per operating hour for a stove with a power of 6 kW.
The hammam is a steam room. Heat is generated by the water vapor. The humidity in a steam cabin is 100% to the extent that a thick fog obscures more than one meter.The temperature is close to 50 to 55 degrees Celsius. The traditional hammam is covered with ceramic.
To install a steam must be provided a water discharge (as in a shower) but also a power supply to the steam generator and a cold water inlet. A connection to the hot water will be needed if the cabin has dual steam-shower function.

Buying your sauna

  • Get it custom made by a carpenter: It is the most expensive solution and should be chosen if you cannot install a standard sauna. Also a carpenter does not necessarily have the knowledge to carry out the construction of the sauna according to the rules of the art: type of wood, insulation, vapor barrier, etc...
  • Buy it in a home improvement superstore: only if your budget is tight and quality is not a priority.
  • Buy it from a specialized store: This type of store is rare. Some sellers of swimming pools offer it but very rarely do they have an extensive knowledge of the product.
  • Buy it on the internet: It is certainly here that you are most likely to find your happiness. But beware, the proliferation of websites calls for caution. Some salesmen know absolutely nothing about what they are selling. A tip: always call them and ask technical questions. This will allow you to screen a bit. You will then have to decide if you want to buy a sauna for life or for two-three years. There are no miracles, quality is not cheap/you have to pay for quality. The low-priced saunas will tend to become uncoupled, and be poorly insulated, therefore do not allow to reach the expected high temperatures, nor the expected wellbeing.

Directions for use

Access to the sauna must be preceded by a shower for a matter of hygiene. No shirt or towel around the waist: the sauna is practiced entirely naked. No obstruction shall come to counteract the beneficial effect of the heat. The towel should be laid on the seat so that the sweat doesn't trickle down directly on the wood.
During the first sauna session, the heat may seem very intense. In this case, you can sit on the bottom benches. Between the top and bottom of the sauna there is a temperature difference of about 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. Between each session in the traditional sauna, do not forget to drink plenty.
After the last session, it is advisable for people with dry skin to apply moisturizer.

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