Saunas are fairly simple in nature. They require only heat and
water. No special equipment or extra gear is needed. Despite this
there are a few accessories that will make the experience even more
Saunas are appealing because of their natural beauty. The wood lined
walls, ceilings and floor are as attractive as they are functional.
When accessories are chosen they should compliment the natural
beauty of the sauna. Wood, copper or cotton accessories work very
well in saunas.
All saunas require a pail and ladle for applying water to the rocks.
Many attractive sets are available in wood or copper. Wood pails fit
in naturally with the panels of the sauna, but copper pails provide
a nice accent. The ladle chosen should have a long handle to allow
bathers to keep their hands away from the steam when water is poured
over the hot rocks.
Another necessity is a sauna light. Unless the unit has windows and
is built outside, at least one light is necessary. Sauna lamps need
to be designed to provide a vapor barrier between the housing and
casing. They can be installed on the walls and fitted with a
lampshade to provide a relaxing, soft light.
A convenient accessory for the sauna is a towel rack attached to the
exterior wall of the unit. This provides a place for hanging robes
and towels. A wood towel rack provides a nice complement to the wood
interior or the sauna.
Thermometers and timers are among the accessories needed for a
sauna. These are particularly useful for bathers who are new to the
sauna experience. There are several types of thermometers available
in metal or wood casings. They attach to the wall of the sauna and
allow the bather to be certain the temperature stays within a
certain range. Hygrometers are also available to measure the
moisture in the unit.
Timers are also useful for bathers. A distinctive type of timer is
the hourglass which uses sand to track the amount of time spent in
the sauna. When the sand runs out, flip the timer over for another
If the benches are uncomfortable to sit on, there are a variety of
back and leg rests available to provide relaxing seating positions.
These are made of wood and fit in naturally with the sauna.
Another wood accessory available is a brush set used for brushing
the skin. The natural bristles of sauna brushes provide an
invigorating sensation and are soft enough to be used on all parts
of the body.
Fragrance can be added to the steam water for a unique experience.
Several aromas are available including eucalyptus, herbal extract
and pine or birch. When the water is placed on the rocks, the scent
will fill the air for a refreshing alternative.
For bathers that love the sauna experience but don't have regular
access to a sauna bath a sauna suit may be an alternative. These are
primarily designed for weight loss and can be worn while exercising
or doing housework to promote perspiration. Although they are not
quite the same as a real sauna, they do offer many of the same
benefits achieved through heavy perspiration. They cleanse the skin
and promote a healthy glow.
Sauna suits are made of nylon or vinyl and fit tightly around the
wrists and neck to seal in body heat. To alleviate dehydration drink
plenty of liquids when using a sauna suit.
All of these accessories make lovely gifts. These accessories can
provide even greater enjoyment of the sauna experience.
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