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We know a lot about the positive effect of the bath from childhood, from Russian folk tales and stories of parents, grandparents. Scientists also do not skimp on compliments: Academician N.R. Tarkhanov said that not a single type of physiotherapy can compare with the heat of the bath.

There are dozens of receptors on the surface of the skin, which, receiving bath heat, give rise to numerous reactions in the body. Bath heat accelerates metabolic processes. The skin receives heat and releases it with sweat. If sweat appeared, it means that the process of liberation from toxins has begun.

What are the types of baths

  • Dry air baths. They are distinguished by low air humidity – from 5 to 25 percent, and good temperature – from 60 to 100 degrees. The main principle of dry-air exposure is that high temperatures hinder heat transfer. As a result, heat remains and accumulates in the body. This is especially useful for people who are in the recovery phase, as well as for those who cannot stand the cold and are cold all the time.

  • Steam bath (raw) has high humidity – from 80 to 100 percent, lower air temperature – from 50 to 70 degrees. The conditions of a damp bath are less sparing for the body, but more familiar to the Russian heart. After all, the bath in Rus’ has been known since the time of the Grand Duke Vladimir, and visiting it was a favorite pleasure for both nobles and ordinary people. It is not easy to withstand the conditions of the Russian bath, because it has much more contraindications than the sauna. High humidity makes it difficult for moisture to evaporate from the skin, and this despite the fact that sweat in a Russian bath will roll off you in a stream. But this heat transfer is not very efficient. After all, sweat is not completely removed from the surface of the skin, and the body heats up intensely.

  • Turkish sauna – a softer option for those who do not want to expose themselves to heavy loads. The temperature in the Turkish hammam is traditionally lower, but the humidity is also very high. The main thing in the Turkish bath is hot steam. It warms up the body, opens the pores, relaxes the muscles.

  • Water or Japanese bath – the rarest option for us. There is a lot of water in the Japanese bath. It’s all about the cleanliness characteristic of the Japanese. Before entering the steam room, the Japanese take a bath. For this, a wooden barrel filled with hot (barely bearable) water is used. To heighten the effect, the Japanese even covered the barrel with a lid to warm up completely. And even earlier, natural thermal springs (furo) were used for these purposes. When immersed, human skin releases sweat and absorbs healing substances.

Baths contribute to:

  • muscle relaxation

  • restoration of emotional balance, relaxation and stress relief

  • getting rid of a cold

  • removal of toxins and waste from the body

The bath also improves the work of the heart, blood supply to all organs. For every gram of sweat that evaporates, our body burns over 80 calories. In addition, the bath is a great breathing exercise.

Bath contraindications

The bath should be excluded for those who suffer from heart disease, hyperfunction of the thyroid gland, varicose veins, some diseases of the respiratory system and skin. A steam bath is contraindicated in case of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, as well as nervous disorders.

Rules of conduct in the bath

Here you can not rush, drink alcohol and quarrel. You can’t go to the bath hungry, as well as with a full stomach. The first entry into the steam room – no more than five minutes. After each entry, you need to rest, you can take a shower. Three sets with ten to fifteen minute breaks is the best option. It is best to start the “mastering” of the steam room from the second shelf. Many people like to smear their bodies with honey, a mixture of beer and salt, but flowing in sweet (or salty) streams is not the best option. Also, you should not abuse essential oils: it is better to use not the oils themselves, but their water tinctures or decoctions of herbs. And it is better to spray the solution not on hot stones, but on wooden benches and walls, although everything here depends on personal desire.

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