A birch forest in Finland.

silver birch A birch forest in Finland. Remingtons cabin had these wooden walk ways all around the cabin. Mr Grubich and Elerins built their cabins there now.

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! Get a sauna, and gently beat your friends with branches of a birch tree!

"Take some time for a good sauna". It is a natural way for your health. Estonia

The traditional 'vasta' (birch branches), 'kiulu' (wooden bucket) and linen to sit on, natural soap and a lantern to light up the path to the sauna in the darkness ;

Water Bucket, ladle and Vihta / Vasta in sauna. Vihta or Vasta is in english birch whisk used in sauna. The use of Vihta or Vasta is slap repeatedly our bodies. That aids your circulatory system, cleans and refresh your skin and it's also like a massage.

Water Bucket, ladle and Vihta / Vasta in sauna. Vihta or Vasta is in english birch whisk used in sauna. The use of Vihta or Vasta is slap repeatedly our bodies. That aids your circulatory system, cleans and refresh your skin and it& also like a massage.

vihta, vasta

vihta, vasta is used in traditional sauna-bathing for massage and stimulation of…

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…

"Vihta" in West Finland and "vasta" in East Finland...soaked-first-in-water birch swatches for slapping against your skin to, how do I put it, wake it up. ;-)

Vihta in West Finland and vasta in East Finland. Made from new, flexible branches of Birch tree, and used in sauna to relax one's muscles and lightly exfoliate the skin. The aromatic oils, released from the fresh leaves, are a plus.


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