Vihta or vasta
is traditional Finnish
artefact in sauna
. It's made of several birch
branches by binding them from bottom side. Main usage is for "spanking
" each other to one's back when it improves circulation
and at the same time works as washer. Other function is to give pleasant scent to whole Sauna
For foreigners whole thing might look stupid and feel unconfortable, but trust me, it feels great!