Health benefits of sauna – Five reasons why sauna is good for you

The health benefits related to sauna bathing have been a topic of many research studies. Sauna bathing has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death, for example. Sauna bathing has a similar effect on the bloodstream as mildly strenuous exercise. The body temperature rises, blood flows to the surface of the skin and sweating increases.

According to research, sauna bathing is beneficial to the heart, lungs and the brain. It alleviates stress, lowers blood pressure, relieves pain, relaxes muscles and increases mental well-being.

Here´s five reasons why sauna is good for your health:

  1. It´s good for your heart
  2. Sauna relieve stress
  3. It lowers blood pressure
  4. It´s good for you skin
  5. Sauna speeds up recovering after sports

The Finnish sauna has been considered a cure or part of the treatment for many different diseases throughout history. An old Finnish saying goes: “if sauna, tar and booze do not help, the disease is deadly”.

6 solid reasons to buy an IKI wood-burning or electric sauna heater

IKI wood-burning and electric sauna heaters are handmade in Finland. Our factory is located in Pieksämäki, where each IKI heater is crafted by hand from high-quality materials with uncompromising professionalism. Our factory staff has over 40 years of experience in welding stainless steel and black iron. “These we are proud to declare we’ve made all by our selves!” is one of the favorite statements made by our production manager Jarmo.

The characteristic IKI steam is formed by having a large quantity of sauna stones in our  heaters. The memorable and pleasant steam is produced after a relatively short heating time. IKI wood-burning heaters and electric heaters deliver the kind of soft, moist, exuberant and oxygenated, concentrated and lingering steam that people have sought after for thousands of years. The pleasurable sauna-bathing experiences can be replicated in saunas of any size, in cities as in the countryside, on weekdays and holidays alike.

IKI-Kiuas Oy is the first company to manufacture open-structure sauna stoves and heaters. The durable and simple shape. The innovative fireplace and elegant mesh frame that allows air to freely circulate. These characteristics kicked off an entire collection of IKI heaters in the mid-1990s and have since then come to redefine sauna heater design in the global scale. Initially, the solution that was so entirely different from established thought patterns met with quite some resistance and took a while to become recognized as truly remarkable. It has been worth all the effort as the end result is sauna heaters par excellence.

IKI wood-burning and electric sauna heaters are made of stainless steel and have AISI309 resistors, that are designed for commercial use. The robust RST mesh frame and the thick steel pipe commonly used in power plants guarantee the longevity and safety of IKI heaters. Due to the round shape, thermal expansion does not cause stress to the metal eliminating the cause of premature rusting and burn-through.

IKI sauna heaters are ideal for communally used saunas in apartment buildings, swimming halls and other shared facilities, such as saunas-for-hire. Based on a study conducted by Lappeenranta University of Technology, IKI electric heaters have been proven to save energy in commercial use. Thanks to the large quantity of stones, the power can be switched off at times: Once heated, the stones transfer heat to the steam room very slowly and thus maintain the idea bathing temperature for a long time. A much lower energy consumption can be reached than with standard model heaters of a similar power capacity.

All IKI wood-burning heater models have been tested to comply with the requirements of the EU standard (EN 15821: 2010) in the KYAMK University of Applied Sciences laboratory in Kouvola, Finland. The tests include carbon monoxide (CO) emission testing, which indicates how cleanly the stove burns wood. The test result for the best-selling IKI model, the Original IKI, was 0.10%, which is 9 times below the limit (1%). IKI-Kiuas has also conducted tests for its wood-burning heaters at the German TÜV testing institute in Munich in 2011. In Germany, the standards set for wood-burning appliances are much stricter than the EU standard. IKI heaters’ fine particulate emissions were about 0.020 grams per cubic meter, with the limit set at 0.075 grams/m³.