Unique Finnish SUOMAA therapeutic peat
Our therapeutic peat marshes were created many millennia ago, some before the Ice Age. Therapeutic peat is taken from the deepest layers of the marsh, where the marsh plants that thrived thousands of years ago have gradually transformed into a soft mass. When taken from the marsh, this peat is a sterile yellowish mass, almost like soft butter, which turns very dark on exposure to air. Bacteria, fungi or viruses do not live in the peat, and this property is retained after the peat is taken from the ground.
Finnish SUOMAA therapeutic peat stays on the skin well due to its fatty structure. It is at its most therapeutic when combined with the moist heat of the Finnish steam sauna. Peat acts on the blood circulation in the same way as heparin (a polysaccharide present in various body tissues and organs that is used therapeutically as an anti-coagulant) and destroys the herpes virus, for example. The health-promoting and healing effects of peat are combined with the effects of the humus substances and the acids found in them.
The SUOMAA therapeutic peat sauna relaxes the body and relieves pain and swelling
Based on experience, the physician Leena Larva argues that generalised tension in the muscles slows liquid absorption from the tissues. Physical activity is known to promote the circulation of the body’s fluids, but there is also evidence to suggest that therapeutic peat applied to the skin increases the flow of lymph to the arteries. Many people who have enjoyed a peat sauna have said that they felt a vigorous “tingling” in the body afterwards.
SUOMAA therapeutic peat sauna has also been shown to relieve menopausal problems, such as sweating, sleeping difficulties, depressed mood, lack of sexual drive and lack of energy (Aino Klinikka unpublished research, 2008). As tradition has it, peat helps with a hundred different troubles. Almost everyone who tries a peat sauna experiences a velvety soft feel of the skin and a light feeling in the body.
A SUOMAA therapeutic peat sauna is guided social therapy that is also aimed at increasing happiness.
The guided SUOMAA experience lasts about three hours, including the relaxation period at the start and end of the session. Everything needed is provided at the sauna: sauna textiles, a robe, slippers, water or tea to drink, and savoury bites.
The trained SUOMAA sauna masters are present the whole time, helping to guarantee a safe, research-based therapeutic experience. It is important to reserve plenty of time for the peat sauna session, as being in a rush will reduce the relaxing effect of the experience. For sports people, the SUOMAA sauna promotes effective recovery.
“For me, the sauna experience is slow, calm and without time limits. The perfect experience includes cleanliness, nature and natural water, and a lake or sea landscape.
The most important thing is to not be in a hurry”.
– Leena Larva on the perfect sauna experience