It starts with relaxing, in a room heated by a continuous flow of hot air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Follow this up with a shower, and ten minutes in a whirl pool, massaging your joints and muscles under the jets of hot water. Sounds pretty good huh? then why aren’t more Baby Boomers doing it?
The first Turkish Baths opened in the United States in 1861. While popularity of the traditional Turkish Bath has declined over the last 150 years, hot-air baths still thrive in the form of the Russian Steam bath and the Finnish Sauna.
The first mention of a Russian Steam Bath or Banya can be found in the Radzivill Chronicles dated 945 AD. Ancient Romans had a Cult of Bathhouse, where they not only washed themselves, but socialized, painted, read poetry, sang and feasted. Their Bathhouses even had special rooms for Massage, Gym and Libraries. Wealthy citizens often went to the Bathhouses twice a day.
The Finnish Sauna’s earliest roots are difficult to trace, but its earliest versions are believed to be from 700 BC. Today Finland has over 5 million inhabitants and over 3 million Saunas. Finns think of the Sauna not as a luxury, but as a necessity.
Health Benefits of Saunas
- Reduce the risk of Heart Disease; studies have shown that taking a Sauna 2 to 3 times a week, can reduce the chances of Heart related death by 27%. And 50% if you take them 5 to 7 times a week.
- Greater Longevity; A 20-year study noted a 40% reduction in premature death, for those who enjoyed a Sauna daily.
- Rids the Body of Toxins; Perspiration cools the body down and rids the body of harmful waste products. Environmental pollutants, man made chemicals, heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, prescription drugs, nicotine and alcohol. The average person expels roughly a quart of sweat daily via the Ecerine Glands. A sauna triggers the gland to secrete a quart in 15 minutes.
- Simulates the effects of exercise; heat stress, simulates intense physical activity. Sweating in a sauna after exercise soothes and relaxes muscles, expands and opens blood vessels that optimize blood vessel function.
- Improves Heart Health; Saunas are both safe for healthy adults and those suffering from cardiovascular issues like angina pectoris, heart failure, and myocardial infraction, always check with your Dr. for guidance.
- Lowers Blood Pressure; In addition to regulating blood pressure, sauna therapy is considered safer then prescription medication for the treatment of anxiety disorders, seasonal effective disorder (SAD), joint pain and the soothing of muscle spasms.
Boomers should start Using Saunas
The other day as I was sitting in the Sauna observing my body sweat and contemplating. It dawned on me how much I look forward to my Sauna after my workout, its become like a reward for completing another routine. In the thirty plus years that I’ve been doing these little routines its never ceased to amaze me how few people actually take advantage of the Spa facilities available in all the Gyms across the country. This is especially true about Baby Boomers.
What’s really gotten me thinking about, is that since turning 65, MediCare will actually pay for my Gym membership. In the thirty plus years I’ve paid an average of 35 to 45 a month to belong to a Gym. I now pay nothing and can use Gyms all across the country for free. I was taking a Sauna while traveling through California recently (I live in Las Vegas), and as usual I was sitting there alone, and the thought struck me, do Boomers just not care or do they just not know that this is available to them.
I, can understand the reluctance about starting an exercise program, but who would be reluctant about starting a spa program, especially when its FREE and so good for your health. Have Baby Boomers become that complacent or desperate, that they would rather sit in front of a TV or in the case of Vegas in front of a slot machine, for hours day after day, week after week. Has that become our idea of retirement?
Having the attitude that our parents had and society still has about growing old is wrong. Instead of being the worst of times it should be the best of times. It affords all of us, the chance to finally live the Dream, you’ve been holding all these years.
Holding onto dis-empowering beliefs that we’ve gotten from our parents, and continue to get, from the mass media outlets, about what growing old is all about, is wrong. Mass Media looks upon our Generation with an attitude of disdain and dismissiveness. All they see is a generation of diminishing returns. I’m sick of the condescending attitudes and tired of being made to feel like a second class citizen simply because I’m in my 60s. With the advancements in health care 60 is quickly becoming the new 50 and soon 70 will be the new 60.
Get with the Program
This website is a Manifestation of a Dream I have. It’s important to write and speak from my own position of purpose, knowing within that I am on a mission.I am simply doing what I know to be the right thing for me, while always
considering improving the lives of others. If my work helps you and others, I am thrilled. If not, I am still thrilled at being able to produce it. I am not focused on the outcome of my efforts. Results are not what motivate me. Changing the way Baby Boomers think about the future is what motivates me. Continue to visit this site where we will be discussing, how holding on to the same dis-empowering beliefs, will continue to give you the same dis-empowered life. You’ve heard the saying about insanity, “doing the same thing expecting a different result” well its time we start to challenge some paradigms that we got from our parents, who got it from theirs, and create new ones, as we look forward to the next twenty years.
As always, thanks for visiting, Dave