Habit is second nature
Curious story, recorded from the words of the contemporaries of Peter I: «In 1718, when Peter the Great in Paris, he ordered to do in the same house for a Grenadier bath on the Bank of the river Seine, in the way they are after the heat of bathing. Such an unusual for the Parisians, according to them, the death of приключающее action produced crowded concourse of spectators. They looked with surprise, as soldiers, running out of heated steam bath, rushed into the river, swam and dived. The Royal Chamberlain Вертон, located in the servants of the Emperor, seeing himself this bathing, Peter the Great reported (not knowing that it is done on the orders of the Emperor), to his soldiers prohibited to swim, because-de all die. Peter, with a laugh, answered, «fear Not, Mr. Вертон. Soldiers from the Paris air subsided somewhat, so закаливают himself a Russian bath. We've had these things, and in the winter: the habit is second nature».
Peter himself I was a great lover and connoisseur of Russian bath. Let's turn to the pages of the remarkable novel A.N. Tolstoy's «Peter The First»:
«Peter Alekseevich was on the shelf near the ceiling, raised his thin knees, was pushing for himself a broom. The orderly - Nart - already two times it hovered and rinsed with cold water, and now he lay... Bath was a Linden forest, easy. Peter Alekseevich did not want to leave. ...Nart opened the brass door in the furnace, sprung to the side, pouring ladle kvass deeply in the red-hot stones. Flew strong gentle spirit, fever hit on the body, the smell of bread, Peter grunted, waving himself on the chest of leaves of a birch broom».
Further Menshikov says to Peter: «...in Paris, for example, sweating, and even kvass, " none of that don't understand and the people so small».
Is remembered and such a scene in the novel: «Peter Alexeyevich, she lowers her long legs, and sat on the shelf, lowered his head, with curly dark hair it was pouring sweat.
Well, he said, " very well. So, камрат my dear... Without St. Petersburg Yes without the bath we, as the body without the soul».
Peter the great was not only a great lover of a bath, but the organizers of the first водолечебных resorts in Russia. Visiting famous European resorts in Baden-Baden (here in the spurs of the black forest baths from the natural pair of mineral springs), carlsbad (current Karlovy-vary), Pyrmont, Spa, Peter ordered to search for лечительные water in the lands of his Majesty the Tsar. So «молотовый worker» Кончезерского plant Ivan Рябоев opened near Olonets, that in Karelia, «Marcial waters». Рябоев the first to have experienced the healing properties of a spring of mineral water. As the water source was glandular, it was called the Martian in honour of Mars - the God of war and iron. With interest we read «the Rules of дохтурские, as in these waters do that.»
We get acquainted with the traditions of Russian bath. But the Russian baths have a sister. Finnish sauna. Even in ancient times, steam room was revered as the Finns had a sacred place. Here they brought the sick to the amendment. The Finns there is a legend was born as a sauna. The drops of rain, leaked through a leaky roof, hit on the hot stones of the home. In the house of a whirlwind rushed the hot steam. People felt the gentle fragrant heat. He was, that is, to the court, and the people have decided their own hands to do what he could to make rain.
The Finns are so believe in the healing power of his bath, say, a sauna may enjoy every man, who is capable to her reach. As in the Russian bath, in the sauna поддают water on the hot stones of the fireplace. The Finns call them the soul of the sauna. As in the Russian bath, here love to have a birch broom. When and how to warm up, распарятся, it will pay off in cold lake.