Celebration of Happiness (25) – Naked Saunas ( Finland)

Naked Sauna

"Learn To Be Comfortable With Your Body"


God created man naked. Skin was the only cover we needed, but with the evolution of mankind, man adapted to covering their natural self and started taking shame in wearing the natural skin that God sent us with.


Sauna has become a popular practice around the world, but the Finnish have gone a step ahead in this field. Sauna is not just a relaxing activity, but an important part  of the tradition and culture of Finland. For a population of about 5.2 million, Finland has around 2 million saunas with most people visiting saunas at least once a week. They sit in saunas heated by wood and then take a dip in cold water or roll on the ice to cool down.

H22_Naked _Saunas_

The unique thing about Finnish sauna that makes it popular around the world is the tradition of going in naked. The Finnish believe in being comfortable in their skin and indulge in the activity of naked sauna individually and even in groups. It is a common tradition for the Finnish to invite guests over for a sauna which the rich even have in their homes for personal use. Traditionally heated by wood, people enter the sauna when it reaches the optimum temperature and stay for 10-15 minutes or for as long as they want. They finish with a dip in cold water or rolling on the ice. Not just for relaxation, saunas are also a great way of cleaning in the cold weather.


The Fine Things In Life

People often feel ashamed of how they look and end up disrespecting one of the unique creations of God. Stand in front of a mirror and admire yourself and how you look. The feeling of being liked should come from within and not from an assurance from another person.

 This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi