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The 'baking' of a person in a hot steamy room to stimulate diaphoresis, circulation, immunity, nervous system, skin, etc.
Contraindications Cardiovascular disease, children
Complications Collapse, death


(so′nă) [Finnish]
An enclosure in which a person is exposed to moderate to very high temperatures and often high humidity, produced by water poured on heated stones. A stay in the sauna may be followed by a cool bath or shower. Sauna water is not sterile and may contain harmful microorganisms, including yeasts and molds. Even though the sauna has no proven benefits in preventing illnesses or promoting fitness, the regimen does help to promote relaxation, relieve aches and pains, and loosen stiff joints.


Saunas are not advised for those with fever, those who are dehydrated, or those who are unable to sweat. Those who have recently used alcohol or have participated in strenuous exercise should not use a sauna. If soft tissue has been traumatized in the past 24 to 48 hr, the sauna should not be used. Prolonged exposure to the sauna may be dangerous due to induced hyperthermia, dehydration, and renal failure.


n full-body dry heat treatment. Benefits include relaxation, perspiration, and cleansing. See also thermotherapy.
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Morey-Serra is also charged with running New Town sauna since 2006 with Ivan Cameron, 70, and Susannah Clare Morey, 37.
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Jim Philipson, who was part of the campaign to save the sauna, said: "I think the council was quite surprised with the number of people who were against it.
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The world sauna championships, where competitors try to outlast others in the heat and steam, have been held 12 times in Heinola, some 138 km northeast of Finland's capital Helsinki.
The spa will offer Finnair customers spa and wellness services and will include a spruce sauna and stone sauna from the Alps, a steam sauna and a traditional Finnish sauna, plus a cold water paddling pool and a mineral water pool.
SITTING in a sauna after a workout or massage is a great way of relaxing the muscles and it also gives your health a much needed boost.