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Reading time: approx 4,5 min 

What's Inside & For Whom

Although the sauna is a fil rouge, the common theme of this book, its content is much broader. It will help you to get to know yourself better.

 

For whom

The Sauna Book For The 21st Century is primarily intended for everyone for whom a spa and sauna mean bread and butter. Whether you are an equipment manufacturer, service provider or in any other way professionally related to the sauna, the content of this book is an indispensable tool for you. You will be able to use the collected information and the acquired knowledge like a tailor using scissors.

Of course, it is for others as well. Even if you are "just" a regular user, reading this book will provide you with additional motivation to use the sauna more often and effectively. However, my wish is for this book to be read by those who do not yet have experience with the sauna or rarely use it. Those will almost certainly ask themself: Why didn't I know this before?

Regardless of which of these groups you belong to - in the end, you, as the reader, will be the judge of whether what the book tells you is relevant. I hope some of what you read will be useful in one way or another.

 

What's Inside

When you buy a technical device or a simple Ikea shoe cabinet, you get the enclosed instructions. At the birth of a child – an infinitely more complicated "device" – this does not happen. As we grow up and roll through the school system, we learn some about the human body, but most of the information gained is soon lost. In general, we know very little about ourselves and our body, although we live within all our lives. Whether such ignorance is by design or just a lack of understanding of the importance of those responsible, I don't want to speculate. However, the ambition of this book is to change that. At least to some extent. Although the sauna is a fil rouge, a central theme, its content is much broader. It will help you to get to know yourself better in the most profound sense of the phrase. And that is its primary purpose. By understanding the interaction of heat and the body, i.e., their mutual influence, you will get to know their impact on your wellbeing and your behaviour better.

Science, physiology, biology and similar words are usually not predicted to be comfortable reading and can deter the desire to read. Therefore, one of the most critical writing guidelines was to present enormously complex biological phenomena and processes as simple as possible.
Wherever I saw the possibility, I used parables and analogies as well as personal experiences. Consequently, there is no need to be a "rocket scientist" to understand the subject. In doing so, however, I hope I have not crossed the line of acceptable and stepped on a blister to some bitten "hardcore" biologist.

Frankly, this is a bit of an unusual book. You can read it from the front or the back, from the first chapter or the last. You will not find murders or love affairs in it. Nor is it one of those self-help books that is supposed to seek happiness for you. It is just a workbook to understand your body and use heat as a path to better health. This, so-called heat acclimation (sometimes called hyperthermic conditioning), enhances your body's ability to resist everyday stress. The book explains why the sauna is the perfect tool for this.

However, you can use this book to eliminate boredom, take it on vacation, or give it to a friend. In any case, vigilance is required. During the reading may appear an unstoppable urge to visit the sauna.

 

Content is divided into three parts.

Part 1 presents important facts about the sauna and the biological phenomena responsible for its effects. It provides an essential basis for understanding chapters two and three.

Part 2 presents what happens in the body before, during and after visiting the sauna. It describes the bodily adjustments on the entire organism's level and cellular and molecular level. Part 2 also contains chapters on the cooling phase and the resting phase, two indispensable components of holistic sauna therapy. As a part of the rest chapter, a special appendix suggests meditation as the perfect way to enhance the sauna experience. It brings meditation closer to those who have not yet crossed their paths with it in a somehow unique way. It advocates the inclusion of meditation in holistic sauna therapy with the thesis that sauna and meditation are opposite sides of the same coin. In other words, a sauna means to the body the same as meditation to the mind and vice versa.

Part 3 presents the sauna effects on the body from a scientific perspective. It will break down some general myths about the sauna bathing effects and discuss some rarely mentioned effects that deserve more recognition. It starts with a brief introduction to the scientific literature and continues with what many consider the essential part of this book, the effects of sauna bathing. We begin by explaining contraindications - they are rare, but it is critical to know and understand from the safety perspective. In the following fourteen chapters, we walk through the most- and lesser-known effects. Each chapter starts with a short presentation of the field of study. Then follows the findings from scientific studies and a conclusion based on experts' recommendations. For example, in the chapter Sauna Bathing Effects on Cardiovascular Health chapter, I present some cardiovascular system characteristics, the causes of disease and its course. Then, I show the results of studies that examined the effects of sauna bathing on the cardiovascular system and related disorders. Sometimes possible mechanisms of action responsible for outcomes are included. In this particular case, for better transparency, the studies' findings are divided into two parts: those obtained with the infrared saunas and others performed with a classic "Finnish" sauna. The results may surprise many. Undoubtedly, they inspire optimism in preventing and treating this severe disease, which is a leading cause of premature death in the developed world. Of course, if you are a cardiologist, you will not need to read the causes and course of cardiac diseases, but you may be interested in the research results (I hope). However, if you do not have a medical background, I warmly recommend reading the whole book. Let me also mention that the notes are, besides inside the book, available on the website for easy accessibility.

The book concludes with a chapter of recommendations for the efficient and safe use of the sauna.

 

Reading time: approx 4,5 min 

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