Sweat: The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Bania, Islamic Hammam, Japanese Mushi-Buro, Mexican Temescal, and Americ

Sweat: The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Bania, Islamic Hammam, Japanese Mushi-Buro, Mexican Temescal, and Americ

ISBN: 0884961249

ISBN 13: 9780884961246

Publication Date: 1978

Publisher: Capra Press

Pages: 252

Format: Paperback

Author: Mikkel Aaland

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From the back cover:

I. SWEAT BATHING AND THE BODY

The phenomenon and function of sweating.
Skin, the body's largest organ.
Positive effects of negative ions.
Spiritual and social implications of sweat bathing.

II. SWEAT BATHS AROUND THE WORLD

Hammans in Turkey.
Early Greek and Roman baths.
Bathing in Medieval Europe.
Finnish sauna, history and influence.
Sauna in America today.
Bania, the great Russian bath.
Sweat baths in Ireland and tribal Africa.
Japanese Mushi-Buro in Kyoto.
Native American sweat lodge as used by the Navajo and Sioux.
Mayan origins of the Mexican Temescal.
Eskimo sweat lodges.

III. BUILDING YOUR OWN SWEAT BATH

A permanent sauna.
A simple tent sweat bath.
A portable trail sweat bath.
A private sweat bathing cubicle.

IV. APPENDIX

Precautions.
Amenities.
Sweat bathing's effects on women.
Effects on arthritis and rheumatism; on sleep, hangovers and weight reduction.
Sweat bathing with children.
Manufacturers and supplies.

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