The sauna practice dates back to 1100 A.D in Finland, originally placed inside a hole that was dug in the rocket and then covered. Though not clear, the word’s etymology might be related to the meaning of “winter abode”. Sauna buildings acted as actual houses as well, and it was until 19th century.
According to some old tales, the sauna would also symbolize a sacred place of giving birth, of recovering and of eternal rest. This conception of “holy” may come out of the sacred fire, seen as a heaven gift, whereas the steam produced by the water on the burning stones stand for the soul or for the life.
Later on the sauna extended from northern Europe to the rest of the world, becoming one of the most ancient, natural and effective way for wellness. A regular training in a sauna provides psychological and physical relaxation, it cleanse body and mind, it boosts the body’s immunity to infection, it gets blood circulation and metabolism going again.
The sauna is part of everyday life of Finnish culture and most civic and private buildings include a sauna area.