This is the follow up to my last blog. Last night I went to this little Bed and Breakfast, where they also offer a "mud sauna treatment". I didn't bring my camera (I forgot) and I don't know how we'd been able to take pictures anyway, since we were deeeep in the dirt!
This experience might sound a bit "different" to anyone who did not grow up with a traditional sauna culture.
We were a group of 5 ladies, I knew one of them from before. This was not held at some posh resort type of SPA, but in a house that consisted of a big room with a few couches (changing room), a bathroom, shower room and a woodburning sauna. On the coffee table there were pitchers of water and a little jar with seasalt (we all took a few pieces and let them dissolve under our tounges to help get fluids out of our systems), then we drank a lot of water. Before entering the sauna, everybody only in their birthdaysuits of course, we poured seawater all over ourselves, and then went in to the sauna to get warmed up. After about 5 minutes, we went back into the shower room where we all had our own bowl with mud. This we smeared allover ourselves (except the eyes, nose and mouth), even in the hair! When we were done we all went back in the sauna and let the mud do its trick. It's supposed to help cleans your body and get rid of extra fluids, and it smoothens your skin.
We spent about 20 minutes in there, before showering it all off. I still have some stuck under my nails and my hair feels a bit funny. We didn't use any shampoo or soap at all. After sitting with only towles wrapped around us, cooling off on the couches, we got dressed and went to the main house for a nice evening snack, consisting of herbal tea, steamed veggies, rye and spelt breadrolls (made at the BnB), covered in garlicspread.... Yummmm....
No entertainment, no loud anything. Just the 5 of us quietly visiting, in this old loghouse.... Very laidback very relaxing. I don't really care what the mud did or did not do, I just truly enjoyed this evening out! And yes, I did feel very rejuvenated and very very tired.... Coming home I laid down on the couch, and Little Guy joined me and fell asleep on my stomach.... mmmmm..... Life is good.