An interview with Krystian Strużyński from the Varmia Thermae.
Although most people like warmth, only a few people are aware of its beneficial properties. The Sauna, which is little known in Poland as a type of therapy and relaxation, is a way of therapeutic use of high temperatures. However, there are some places in Poland where you can learn the secrets of the sauna and take advantage of its beneficial effects. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to prepare themselves for a visit to a sauna and when and how to use it properly. Krystian Strużyński, a sauna master from Varmia Thermae in Lidzbark Warminski will answer your questions.
Who is a sauna master?
Although, a stove and wooden benches are believed to be the heart of sauna, a qualified sauna master is believed to be its soul. During each ceremony the sauna master helps people acclimatize -he chooses the proper temperature, achieves the desired humidity and choses the aromatic oils that are put onto the stove. The sauna master uses different types of scents such as: pine, citrus, fresh herbs and spices.
How a sauna affects our health?
A sauna is not only a place for relaxing but, it is also a type of health therapy. First of all, it hardens the body, increases immunity to infections, improves flexibility of fibrous tissue, articular capsules and ligaments. therefore, a sauna improves blood circulation and increases muscle strength. Thanks to various essential oils used in a sauna our respiratory system is improved. There are a lot of advantages and the desired changes in your organism last for a week that is why it is good to go to sauna once a week. In Varmia Thermae there are: Steam saunas (the gentles one recommended for beginners), Finnish saunas (with the highest temperature of 110 degrees and low humidity) and a wet sauna (recommended for too oily skin and seborrhea).
Who should and should not use a sauna? How should one prepare for it?
Firstly, it is a preventative method dedicated to healthy people. Before you go to a sauna, you are to learn about constraints. If you suffer from chronic disease, consult your doctor first. You cannot go to a sauna if you have an infection. Obviously, high temperatures increases the body temperature and with sweat you get rid of toxins but weakness of the body may cause more damage than benefit. You should avoid a sauna in the case of cancer, several skin disorders and problems with the circulatory system. A sauna is not a place for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers. A sauna can sometimes be a valuable supplement to basic therapy. When you train too much, it helps you regenerate the muscles. It also helps reduce stress –after a sauna you sleep like a baby. Warming-up also helps produce endorphins.
A lot of people consider a sauna therapy but, where is the border line between preventive healthcare and relaxation?
If you use a sauna wrongly, you will not get the desired effects therefore, it is good to ask the sauna’s host for advice. A sauna itself can be a heavy burden on your organism that’s why it is important to use it after effort not before. At the beginning you choose the lowest bench to acclimatize your organism to the high temperatures and later you can take a higher bench. When you feel overheated you must leave the sauna immediately. After a sauna you must take a shower with hot and cold water interchangeably as it increases your circulation system and strengthens your immunity . During a break in a sauna, you should not drink sparkling drinks but only still water, and fruit and vegetable juice.
If you want maximum relaxation, you should go to the sauna with a sauna master. This kind of ceremony is characterized by a wider therapeutic and relaxing effect than a traditional sauna thanks to specific scents and hot air distributed by the sauna master with the use of a towel. The sauna master can make your visit to the sauna more attractive and in addition you can have a massage with the use of a birch switch, drink fruit juice, iced coffee and eat eucalyptus sweets.
What is a sauna culture?
If you want to take full advantage of a sauna, you are to follow a few simple rules. First of all, you can only wear a towel or a special sheet in a sauna that is used for sitting or lying on. Before entering a sauna leave your jewellery outside and remove cosmetics from your skin because they impede sweat absorbsion. It is important not to talk in a sauna as the hot air that you inhale should get into your organism by the nose and not by your mouth.
Which cosmetics should you use after having a sauna ?
After the sauna your skin is noticeably cleansed and better supplied with blood. If you want to have the effect as long as possible you should drink a lot of liquids, you lose 1 liter of water and moisturizing and nourishing the skin with proper cosmetics is important, It is also worth remembering that cosmetics should be soft, natural and dermatologically tested.
How to encourage guests to go to the sauna in Varmia Thermae?
A sauna is a great place to relax and improve you both physically and mentally. You can go on your own as well as with your friends and family and the sauna master will take care of your every needs.
SO – Go to a sauna to get health and wellness
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Russian banya in Galiny
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The Sauna Zone in Hotel Krasicki
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Sauna and shower experience at tepidarium in Hotel Venus
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A sauna under a castle
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Masurian banya in Tajty
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World of saunas in Hotel Mikołajki
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Relaxation in Robert’s Port
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Four types of sauna in Hotel Natura Mazur Resort& Conference
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Banya overlooking Lake Masuria
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By Justyna Szostek/Kamila Górecka-Kirwiel