Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

A traditional Finnish way to improve your health! Go into sauna, Beat your friends with branches of a birch tree! #Health #Finland #Culture

A traditional Finnish way to improve your health! Go into sauna, Beat your friends with branches of a birch tree! #Health #Finland #Culture

Buenos dias! A lavarse la cara y a arreglarse para empezar un buen dia en Wexjford!

Buenos dias! A lavarse la cara y a arreglarse para empezar un buen dia en Wexjford!

Check out this handmade barnwood vanity! Goes great with the Rutherford copper drop-in sink! #showusyoursink

Check out this handmade barnwood vanity! Goes great with the Rutherford copper drop-in sink! #showusyoursink

vihta for sauna  ...*When I was a girl, we used cedar boughs for vihta in my grandparents' sauna.

Saunavihdan sitomisohjeet

vihta for sauna ...*When I was a girl, we used cedar boughs for vihta in my grandparents' sauna.

Me Time | Pamper Me

Me Time | Pamper Me

So beautiful - love these huge windows and all the natural light - almost as good as being outdoors

So beautiful - love these huge windows and all the natural light - almost as good as being outdoors

Vasta vai vihta?/Birch whisk used in sauna Sumiainen Kuva/Photo: Maalla / Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen http://www.facebook.com/MatkaMaalle http://www.keskisuomi.net/ http://www.centralfinland.net/

Vasta vai vihta?/Birch whisk used in sauna Sumiainen Kuva/Photo: Maalla / Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen http://www.facebook.com/MatkaMaalle http://www.keskisuomi.net/ http://www.centralfinland.net/

KASTE towel, 100% washed linen, woven in Finland by Lapuan Kankurit, design Anu Leinonen.

KASTE towel, 100% washed linen, woven in Finland by Lapuan Kankurit, design Anu Leinonen.

Lapuan Kankureiden valikoimista löytyy toinen toistaan kauniimpia saunatekstiilejä. Washed linen and linen terry towels by Lapuan Kankurit.

Lapuan Kankureiden valikoimista löytyy toinen toistaan kauniimpia saunatekstiilejä. Washed linen and linen terry towels by Lapuan Kankurit.

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