HEALTH & MEDICINE

Sauna: The Power of Deep Heat

Welbeck Balance Sept. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781801292429. $29.95. HEALTH
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While many people may perceive sauna or sweat bathing as an elite option within the wellness movement or know it as a hot steamy room at the gym or day spa, serious sauna enthusiasts view it as a necessary healing ritual for their bodies and souls. This enlightening debut from Wallpaper magazine editor/writer O’Kelly, paired with Mondo photographer Astikainen’s ethereal images, creates a sense of calmness that mimics the sauna state of mind. There are some noted Finnish saunas located in the woods that are free, but the book doesn’t mention prices of other locations that require payment. It does, however, provide tips about the ideal environment and discusses the many health benefits associated with this centuries-old heat therapy invented in Finland. Saunas can improve immunity, sleep, and blood pressure, just to name a few positive outcomes. There’s an extensive list of books, websites, and academic articles for further reading and a “best of” list that highlights various sauna destinations in Estonia, Scandinavia, and the UK.
VERDICT Health and wellness readers will enjoy this overview of sauna history, culture, and etiquette.
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