MASSAGE WITH OAK BROOMS
Many people really do not know why bath brooms are needed. A lot of sauna lovers are sure that brooms are designed to whip each other to exhaustion – and that’s it. But not many people understand the meaning of this ritual. Moreover, with such a look at how to steam, the use of brooms turns into a painful and tedious procedure and does not bring pleasure.
In fact, the use of the broom is in the first place, massage. Massage with a broom increases blood circulation in the skin and deeper tissues. Due to this, blood, lymph and interstitial fluid are redistributed throughout the body. Any broom secrete phytoncides that kill pathogenic bacteria. Essential oils contained in leaves and branches, falling on the skin, prevent its premature aging, improve metabolism, because the influx of hot air provided by the broom, increases sweating.
Not everyone can steam with a broom. It’s an art form. There are several rules that must be followed:
1.The broom should be wet. It should be periodically moistened in warm water.
2. The bath attendant’s movements should be soft, the broom should only touch the body lightly. The point of parka with a broom is not to unfasten each other that there are forces. A broom is not a tool for torture. They pump up the heat, massage the skin.
3.If the sauna is very hot, wave the broom carefully. Steam can severely burn the skin.
And you need to use a broom well. Slapping is just one of the possible techniques. A skilled bath attendant uses a dozen different techniques and ways to use the broom, such as stroking (holding the broom along the body from the neck and back), compression (in this case, the broom is lifted up to capture the hot air, and pressed for a few seconds to the back), fanning (when using this method, the broom practically does not touch the body, but constantly drives hot air to it), and many others.
Please note: there is a significant difference between fresh and dry brooms. Fresh broom should be steamed immediately, it is not steamed, because otherwise it will go limp, and you will not be able to use it. Dry brooms, on the contrary, first need to steam. To do this, they are lowered into cold water for 10-15 minutes. And then briefly (for 2-3 minutes) – in the hot.
Many people mistakenly believe that there is no difference which broom to use. They say, well, what is there to think: a broom – it is a broom. But in fact, a lot depends on what branches the broom is made of.
Oak brooms are good for those with oily skin. After processing with such a broom, it becomes matte and elastic. Oak broom helps to relieve stress, has an anti-inflammatory effect. Oak brooms help with skin diseases. Oak broom is very durable, it can be used up to 4 times, provided the correct preparation and proper storage. Wide and dense oak leaves are perfect for pumping steam. The leaves of the broom are always quite dry, which greatly facilitates the procedure of steaming and avoids burning the skin. Oak broom is recommended for people with oily skin. After soaring with an oak broom, the skin becomes matte, smooth and elastic. In addition, oak broom contains tannins, so it is used for various skin diseases and excessive sweating of the legs.
Oak broom has an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as a calming property, it is useful to use it after prolonged physical and mental stress. A broom made of oak branches is used for deep warming.
Oak broom is ideal for hypertensive patients, as its aroma prevents an increase in blood pressure in the bath.
PREPARING A BATH BROOM FOR USE
Fresh birch and oak brooms are enough to rinse in warm water, and they are ready to work in the steam room. You can not steam fresh brooms in boiling water, this procedure will spoil them.
Pre-prepared brooms must be steamed before use.
Dry birch and oak brooms require attention. First, the dry broom is rinsed in warm water, then it needs to be immersed in cold water for 1-2 minutes, and then stand for 5 minutes in warm water. After you have held the broom in warm water, add boiling water to the basin and leave the broom there for another 5-10 minutes. It is desirable to cover the basin in which the broom is steamed with a lid, another basin or a dense material, so that the broom properly steamed and began to emit its aroma. In the steam room, to enhance the aroma coming from the broom, you can additionally hold it over the hot stones of the stove for 15-20 seconds, turning in different directions. At the same time, you need to make sure that the broom is not overcooked, not “digested” (sticky leaves).
Birch broom is used only 1-2 times, oak, as a rule, 2-3 times. For repeated use, the broom should be rinsed in warm water and dried.