Using Residential Saunas

There are not many rules when taking a sauna. It is simply a matter of getting in and enjoying the experience.

There are a few procedures that are wise to follow, especially in a public sauna. Respect of fellow bathers is of utmost importance, and there are basic things that must be observed to get the most benefit out of the experience.

The regulations of a public sauna must be followed. Some prohibit the use of bathing suits while others require them. For those that are uncomfortable being exposed in the presence of strangers a towel can be used. A towel should always be brought into the sauna to sit on.

The temperature of a public sauna cannot be controlled by the bathers. For those that are using a private unit and that are new to the experience a low heat setting should be used at first. Many seasoned bathers will heat the sauna up to 100 degrees Celsius, but for newer bathers it should be set to around 70 or 80 degrees Celsius.

It is important to shower before entering the sauna. Soap or shampoo should not be used because the perfumes they contain will evaporate in the sauna and could be bothersome to other bathers.

The upper benches of the sauna are hotter so if you prefer cooler temperatures sit on the lower benches or move to the lower benches of you become too hot. After approximately five or ten minutes water should be poured over the rocks to create steam. This will raise the temperature and will cause the bathers to perspire more.

Make sure the sauna is not used for an extended period of time especially if the experience is new. Ten to fifteen minutes is long enough for one session. After each session take a cold shower or swim and relax for a while before returning to the sauna.

Relaxation is central to sauna taking. A sauna can clear the mind, refresh the body, and leave the bather feeling rejuvenated. The sauna is not a place for business or controversial subjects. It is a place to get away from the world; conversation should be light and friendly.

In Finland people use leafy branches from birch trees to gently beat the skin. This produces a tingly sensation and is invigorating. A public sauna isn't likely to have a supply of birch branches in the sauna but if a rural sauna is available this can be tried.

Another Finnish tradition is to roll in the snow after a sauna. This can be very revitalizing after a sauna session. Whether you shower, swim, or roll in the snow the effect is the same and will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

The cycle of using the sauna and then cooling off can be repeated as many times as the bather prefers. Most sessions last approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour with 2 to 3 cycles of heating and cooling. If time isn't an issue the process can be continued for hours.

Saunas are a time-proven method of bathing and are safe for nearly all. If a bather feels uncomfortable at any time it is best that he leaves the sauna immediately. Sauna bathing is not a contest, and can be dangerous to those who stay in too long.

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