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Sauna Health Benefits
The sauna is an ancient practice that is featured in many diverse cultures around the globe. Traditionally, saunas and sweat lodges had religious or ceremonial value to most cultures they originated in. Today, we use continue to use saunas because of this residual cultural heritage, but also because they feel both relaxing and invigorating in all seasons. The physiological effects of the sauna are more than just an indulgence, however; to this day, medical researchers are continually discovering new health benefits that saunas can provide.
If there’s one thing that all saunas—wet or dry—have in common, it is that they cause you to sweat. In fact, in the extreme temperatures a sauna produces, your sweat glands can excrete a quart of sweat in just fifteen minutes—as much as the average person will sweat in an entire day! This achieves an intense cleansing effect, flushing many of the chemicals, toxins, and waste products suspended in your fat cells. Alcohol, nicotine, pesticides, preservatives, household cleaning supplies, and car exhaust are just some of the pollutants we draw into our systems everyday living in the city. Sweating it out in the sauna is a simple, luxurious way to cleanse yourself. (more…)
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Easy to miss this place but it's legit. Dry sauna, steam sauna, and cold pool are the main attractions. Food is great here too.
Best play in Chicagoland to experience Russian hot and wet saunas and Eastern European hospitality. Their service and food amazing. Could be crowded place over the weekends or around major holidays, but totally relaxing place during the week.
Authentic dry and wet saunas - hotter than anything at the gym. Great food, unlimited icewater, and a sitting room so you can relax and watch TV to cool off. There's a cold dip pool- always have a quick dip to cool off after the sauna! What more can you say?
They'll even provide soap if you want a real bath, and three kinds of massage. There's deep tissue massage (walk-in or appointment). In the Russian sauna a professional will beat you down with a banya broom (it's a real thing), and in the Turkish bath they have a seaweed broom (which is more for gentle cleaning).
Great facilities are cleaned regularly. Kitchen is amazing. They have a sense of humor too. There's a sign up front that says the only sexual activity you're going to get inside is someone shoving a boot up your behind as they kick you out. This is a place to unwind and recharge, so please don't bring your loud friends and make a big scene unless it's because of how good the food is.