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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • Towel Warmers: Spoil Yourself!


    Towel warmers are gaining popularity in the United States. They have been used in homes and hotels in Europe for many years. Towel warmers were used to heat towels, as well as dry them after use. They can also serve as a radiator in any room in your house, including the one with your sauna, heating the air while warming up your towel.

    Towel warmers can be hard wired or plugged in, depending on the style and where you want to use it. You can also mount them on your wall outside of the sauna, shower, bath, or steam shower to make it easy to grab that toasty towel without fear of your kids pulling it over.

    There are also many different designs to choose from. Towels warmers will typically be made from metal such as brass or stainless steel. SaunasAndStuff.com has many amazing designs to fit your style and budget. Most have automatic shut offs after two hours so you don’t have to worry about turning them off all the time and can leave your used towel on the rack to dry.

    Towel warmers help keep towels fresher longer, which means washing them less often. Freestanding towel warmers allow you to use the towel warmer in many different rooms and for a multitude of things, making it the most multipurpose option of all!

    If a warm towel after the shower or sauna sounds amazing to you, check out our great selection of home towel warmers.

  • Steam Showers and Steam Baths


    You know about saunas, but do you know about steam baths and steam showers? Steam baths and steam showers are present in homes and spas across the country, and they offer benefits similar to a sauna.

    Steam showers are a type of bathing system where a humidifying steam generator produces water vapor that is dispersed around your body. Think of it as a steam room that offers the same features of a bathroom shower, or a regular shower with an added steam feature that is powered by a home steam generator. Some steam showers use solar thermal technology, reducing the electricity bill.

    Steam showers are available in a variety of materials, including but not limited to acrylic, fiberglass, stone, and wood. Modern steam showers also provide additional features that may include foot massagers, rain faucet showers, stereo and television features, chromotherapy (light therapy), and aromatherapy.

    Steam baths are similar to saunas, but with different humidity levels. Steam baths tend to be more humid than saunas, but you can adjust the temperature and steam in both. Steam showers are usually in an enclosure that prevents the water vapor and steam from escaping.
    Heaters are used to maintain warm temperatures in the bath.

    Steam showers and baths offer a lot of the same benefits as saunas. The steam soothes sinus irritation and chest congestion. Sweating helps clear pores and purge toxins. The elevated temperatures increase circulation for healthier skin and more energy. They also help relax sore and stiff muscles.

    SaunasAndStuff.com offers many options for steam baths and showers. We have a great selection of steam generators to help create your relaxing oasis. Contact us to receive advice on how to select the perfect generator to create your steam bath or shower, or you can select from our steam bath or shower options. We also offer a full range of beautiful electric towel warmers for your bathroom. They come in a variety of designer finishes such as chrome, white, and oil-rubbed bronze. A wonderful warm towel is the perfect finishing touch to your steam shower experience.

  • The Courteous Sauna User


    Ideally, we'd all have private saunas in our homes, where we could relax in any way we wanted. (Saunasandstuff.com really thinks you should get a sauna for your home!) But sometimes we have to make do with a sauna at a spa or gym--I know, life is hard, right?--and we need to share the space with others. In order for everyone to enjoy the sauna, there are a few basic rules of conduct you should follow:

    1) Do Not Sit Spread Eagle in the Sauna
    I feel like I should type that again in case you missed it the first time. A modicum of modesty is courteous to those around you. Some places require you use a towel, and you should respect this policy. Even if there is no such policy, there is such a thing as being too relaxed for public decency. What would your mother say?

    2) Try to Refrain from Talking a Lot
    But what about all those movies in the 90s where savvy businessmen held casual meetings in gym steam rooms, you ask. Most people head to the sauna to relax and reap the amazing health benefits, not broker business mergers. They also don’t want to hear about your most recent breakup or a detailed rundown of the latest Facebook drama. Use your sauna time as an opportunity to find your inner zen. Breathe deep and enjoy the rare quiet moment given to you.

    3) Use a Towel to Sit On or Lay On
    This is a basic hygiene issue. Think about all the people who sat on that bench before you. You don't want their cooties, right? Think about all the people who will sit on that bench after you. They don't want your cooties, either.

    4) Shut the Sauna Door
    What, were you born in a barn or something? A closed door means lovely warm air for everyone.

    5) Stay in the Sauna as Long as You Want
    We're giving this one to you. If you are behaving nicely, you are welcome to enjoy that sauna as long as you like. We don't mind. You deserve it.

    Of course, you could always pop over to www.saunasandstuff.com and select one of our amazing saunas for your private home use. Then you can sit spread eagle while singing your favorite showtunes in the nude with the door wide open, and no one can stop you.  ;D

  • Relax and Get Healthy!


    Saunas can help you achieve your wellness goals with the many health benefits they offer. They can lower your blood pressure, aid in weight loss, and extend your life. They also relax you at the same time, which provides major health benefits.

    Saunas for Weight Loss
    Saunas can do wonders to help you achieve your weight loss goals. One sauna session can help you burn more than 600 calories, which is equivalent to 30 minutes of rowing at the gym or an hour on the treadmill. The heat from the sauna penetrates below the skin to break down the fat and water particles in your skin, helping burn calories and accelerate weight loss. It is a great alternative to physical exercise for those who are unable, or unwilling, to exert themselves.

    Saunas for Cleansing and Detoxification
    We are exposed to so many toxins every day, from what we eat to hazards in the environment. When toxins are present in our body, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. The body’s immune system becomes inhibited, making it difficult to fight disease. When infrared sauna heat is applied, the large water molecules in our bodies that contain toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, lead, mercury, and chlorine vibrate and are broken down. The encapsulated toxic materials and gases are then released, expelling these toxins. Some experts in weight loss believe our bodies use fat to dilute toxins. Since infrared saunas excel at helping rid your body of toxins, you may be burning fat that is being used to dilute toxins in the process. Make sure you take a shower once you leave the sauna to wash the toxins off your skin.

    Saunas to Help Lower Your Blood Pressure
    Infrared saunas are great for lowering blood pressure. People who take saunas a couple times per week actually lower their blood pressure by heating their body. The infrared heat is more comfortable than sitting in a heated external environment. Infrared saunas are a great option due to the fact that the cooler air temperature is less likely to hurt your lungs if you take a deep breath. Relax and enjoy a few moments of peaceful silence.

    Saunas to Extend Your Life
    A major benefit of saunas is that they help to extend your life. Medical researchers have long reported on the health benefits of infrared sauna therapy. It helps support those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even autism. The circulatory and blood pressure lowering benefits are also a plus! Saunas can also improve the overall quality of your life simply by helping you relax. With all the stress of the modern fast-paced life, saunas help you take a moment to fully relax. The heat also helps bring that relaxation to a heightened stage of completion.

    If you want to lose weight, relax, and find your zen, or lower your blood pressure, incorporate a sauna into your routine. After a workout, head to the sauna to help eliminate toxins and relieve pain from sore muscles. You can also continue losing weight by doing this. This is the best time to make it happen. Having a sauna in your home guarantees easy access and the option of using the sauna whenever you want. Check out our selection of indoor and outdoor saunas at www.saunasandstuff.com!

  • Pre-Built or Pre-Cut: Which Should You Buy?


    Today’s consumers have the luxury of choice with many of their purchase decisions, and saunas are certainly no exception. With such a wide variety of options on the market, many shoppers can get lost in the mix. So where do you start and what kind do you get? Two of the most popular traditional rock sauna styles we offer are pre-built saunas and pre-cut saunas. These two types of sauna kits get mixed up all the time, so we want our customers to be educated about the differences so they can make the most qualified purchase decision during the upcoming holiday season.

    Pre-Built Traditional Rock Saunas

    Pre-built sauna kits come in an easy-to-assemble kit and are self-contained, freestanding units. These modular, prefabricated wall units fit together easily and provide greater flexibility in terms of being portable. You can take these saunas with you when you move, so they make a great option for someone who relocates often. Sauna assembly can vary by room size and shape, and can take as little as one to two hours to put together. Then you are ready to relax and sweat away the toxins!

    Pre-built saunas come in a variety of sizes ranging from a 4 x 4 foot room suitable for two people to a 9 x 10 foot family sauna and larger. The pre-built wall and ceiling panels are made from Grade A Clear Western cedar wood and are also available in fir, poplar, or spruce. Assembly is further simplified with pre-built sauna benches, a pre-installed door, and all the parts and accessories needed to complete your installation.

    These pre-built (also called prefabricated) home saunas can be installed indoors or outdoors. If you want to install it indoors, we suggest you assemble the steam sauna room on a waterproof surface such as tile, concrete, or linoleum. For outdoors, a poured concrete slab is the best. Roof kits are also available to convert an inside sauna into an outdoor sauna. We advise you to apply a water sealant to the exterior wood to protect the walls from the elements if you are converting from an indoor to an outdoor sauna.

    Pre-Cut Traditional Rock Saunas

    Pre-cut sauna kits are made for converting an existing room, large closet, or old laundry room/bathroom into a sauna. These are great for the do-it-yourselfer that wants to be actively involved with the assembly of their new sauna, as well as save money. You need to build an insulated stud frame room to install the sauna kit if you don’t have a good-sized area available for the sauna.

    For pre-cut sauna kits, you are required to provide the structural framing, insulation, vapor barrier, and exterior paneling. Everything else that you need to line the inside of the room with cedar, as well as a pre-hung door, pre-built benches and duck board floor, bucket, ladle, wall light, and more are supplied in the kit. These kits offer a variety of different design options and allow the customer to put their own personal touch on the sauna. The options are endless!

    With the holidays coming up, a new sauna would be the perfect addition to your house or condo. It would offer a great way for your family to spend quality time together while relaxing and improving their health.  What are you waiting for? Grab either your pre-built or pre-cut sauna kit from www.saunasandstuff.com today! If you are just looking for a sauna heater, check out our full line of Tylo models.

  • Outdoor Saunas in the Winter


    The leaves are falling and we are approaching the beginning of winter. Everyone is beginning to unpack boots and beanies and thinking of ways to keep warm in the dropping temperatures. What better way to immerse yourself in warmth than in an outdoor sauna?

    If you have always wanted a sauna but do not have room in the house for one, consider an outdoor sauna. Outdoor saunas in snow country are beginning to catch on, as people find this an exciting way to relax and socialize without giving up precious square footage in their tiny cabins or ski getaways. We have saunas that have pink foam board insulation to protect them in snowy conditions, allowing you to experience the benefits of your sauna all winter long. You can even situate it near the backdoor, allowing for quick access all year long.

    During the long, dark days of winter, regular sauna sessions will help you stay healthy and lift your spirits. Sauna parties at the cabin are also a great way to socialize. Begin by enjoying the sauna in a regular sauna session. Once you are warm and the sweat is flowing, open the sauna and head out into the snow. You can lay down and roll around in the snow, letting it scrub your skin, further cleansing it.  You will find you can enjoy the snow for quite a long time before getting cold. Once you start to get cold, you can enjoy round two in the sauna. The Finnish love the experience of using a sauna in the snow and it has become somewhat of a tradition in that country. It is one of the most exhilarating experiences in life!

    Saunas are a major part of the Finnish culture. There are more than five million inhabitants and more than two million saunas in Finland, averaging one sauna per household!! The Finnish believe that saunas are a place to relax with family and friends, and to receive health benefits both physically and mentally. The Finns think of saunas as not just a luxury, but as a necessary part of life. And the sauna in the snow experience is one of their favorite parts in the winter.

    If you are excited about the sauna in the snow experience and want to find the perfect sauna for your backyard, please visit www.SaunasAndStuff.com or contact us to discuss the best option for you.

  • Five Ws About Saunas


    Are you still confused on the basics about sauna? Do you know your sauna trivia? Here are 5 Ws of saunas to tickle your fancy:

    Who – Who's enjoying saunas?

    It used to be the people of Finland, the Finnish. Then it was the Scandanavians. Now its your next door neighbor and people in your hot yoga class. Everyone is starting to get into saunas, especially after Oprah and Dr. Oz started talking about the number of health benefits infrared saunas offer. So yeah, it should be you next if you aren't already.

    What – What the heck is a sauna?

    Saunas are small rooms, or a small house, designed as a location to experience heat sessions for recreational or therapeutic purposes. There are two main types of saunas: dry and wet. The majority of saunas are built from wood, with cedar and hemlock being the most common types.

    Wet saunas--or steam rooms--are kept at lower temperatures of 100°F to 115°F which prevents superheated water from scalding the skin on contact. Dry saunas can be kept at much higher temperatures of up to 250°F by keeping the moisture level down to nearly zero. These temperatures cause relaxation and promote sweating, to help cleanse the system.

    Where – Where are saunas?

    They are everywhere! They used to be only at swanky hotels, expensive condo or apartment communities, and ritzy health clubs. Now they are in basements, houses, and neighborhood gyms across the nation. They can be built to your liking, with custom-build kit saunas that incorporate all the elements you want. These are easy to assemble, and ready to use.

    When – When is the best time to sauna?

    You can sauna when you are stressed out as a form of almost instant relaxation. You can sauna after you work out, to help your body eliminate toxins in your system and clean itself out. You can use the sauna in the dead of winter to warm up, or during the summer. We use ours almost everyday to relax, refresh, and detox.

    Why – Why use a sauna?

    Saunas offer numerous health benefits. Sauna use can lower your blood pressure, aid in weight loss, and extend your life. Saunas offer a great way to detoxify your system. The main thing we want to stress is to wash your skin once you exit the sauna to get the toxins off your skin. One major benefit that helps to extend your life, and the overall quality of your life, is the fact that saunas aid in relaxation. With all the stress experienced in modern and the fast pace of life, saunas help you take a moment to fully relax.

    What more could you ask for? SaunasAndStuff.com is here to help with any questions you might have about saunas and the options available to you. Now’s the time to enjoy that sauna!!

  • Trends and Innovations in Saunas


    Saunas have been gaining popularity in the last several years as North Americans take a cue from the Finnish and are reaping the many health benefits of saunas. Whether you want to buy an infrared sauna or a traditional hot rock steam sauna, there are many different options available to you. Saunas continue to adapt and evolve with new designs and trends popping up across the nation. Here are some trends we are seeing in the sauna industry:

    • The top trend that continues to evolve with saunas is design. People are beginning to customize sauna kits to fit their taste and style, as well as to suit the overall feel and design of their home's interior. The individualization of the sauna includes using environmentally friendly materials (for the eco-friendly) or the use of exotic stones (for the discerning).
    • This year has also brought in the awareness of the benefits of aromas. The use of fragrance or essential oils allows users to personalize their sauna experience for a particular time of day or atmosphere. Citrus scents in the morning help you wake up and prepare for the day, while lavender relaxes you after a day of stress.
    • LED technology changes the use of lights, allowing for an even more serene sauna experience. The use of a “starry sky” or new illuminated elements allows you to personalize the sauna or add new lighting elements to make the experience one to remember.
    • A future trend sauna users should be on the lookout for is control technology. The introduction of a sauna remote that can be used in multiple locations may allow sauna users to heat up their sauna in the basement from the comfort of their office upstairs. Users may also be able to program the sauna to begin heating up at a certain time during the day--like 10 minutes before lunch--so it is ready for your lunch break.

    Personalization of your sauna is now more possible than ever, with multiple options that make your new sauna fit right into your home and lifestyle. Contact SaunasAndStuff.com to discuss our many available sauna products to find the best one for you.

  • Infrared Heaters and Fireplaces


    Infrared room heaters and fireplaces are currently very popular. These innovative products are gaining popularity due to the safe, beneficial heat they deliver. In fact, the sought-after design of the fireplace room heater in particular is showing up in more and more homes across the country each year.

    These infrared quartz heaters are a revolutionary portable heat source design. Infrared heat is safe, healthy, and therapeutic, offering many benefits for users beyond the average room heater. Quality infrared room heaters should never feel hot to the touch. They do not emit any fumes or harmful matter into the air like typical home heating systems, and quartz room heaters do not dehydrate the air. Some even sanitize or purify the air!

    Electrically heated infrared heaters radiate up to 86 percent of their input as radiant energy. Nearly all the electrical energy input is converted into infrared radiant heat in the filament and directed onto the product by reflectors. Infrared heaters are much more energy efficient than most space heaters, utilizing most of the electricity and energy that is emitted.

    Infrared heater designs are constantly evolving, and you can now choose anywhere from micro portable heaters to beautiful infrared fireplace room installations. Both will keep you warm during the colder months, or simply give you the excuse to cozy up with that special someone.

    Portable room heaters are perfect for single places like offices, garages, workshops, basements, and cool spots in your home. They work in collaboration with an in-home heating system, heating rooms that are not used often in order to conserve energy. If used collectively, you can cut some of your heating bills in half by strategically utilizing infrared room heaters in some unused rooms or spaces within your dwelling in place of heating every room in your house.

    Check out SaunasAndStuff.com’s quartz infrared room heater to stay warm in the winter months, or cuddle up by the infrared quartz fireplace room heater and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

  • The Importance of Cooling Down


    For every article about the health benefits of saunas, it seems as if there's one about the alleged health risks of saunas, too. It can be difficult to know which bits you need to remember in order to get the best and safest use from your sauna.

    At www.SaunasAndStuff.com, we would like to help simplify the health risks of saunas and give you some facts about the risks:

    • Cooling down is just as important as the heating process during your sauna session. Take a few moments after exiting the sauna before taking a plunge in a cold pool or shower. After your session you can turn the sauna off, open the door slightly, and allow your body to cool down for 10 minutes. Shivering afterward is an involuntary response of your body trying to warm itself back up. You may want to re-enter the sauna and allow your body to cool longer afterward. If you ever feel sick after using the sauna, try lowering the temperature and doing a warmer, longer cool down. Sleep disturbances can also occur if your body is not cooled properly, so give yourself sufficient time to cool down after using the sauna.
    • Prolonged stays in the sauna can lead to the loss of electrolytes from the body, similar to what happens to your body after rigorous exercise. Heat stroke can occur if you do not hydrate sufficiently. Always drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after using the sauna. Using the sauna during alcohol withdrawal or while hungover can also cause dehydration, so it is not recommended to use the sauna after a night of drinking.
    • Ease yourself into regular sauna use slowly to lower any potential risks. Start with short intervals once or twice a week, and work up from there. Always remember: if at any time during your sauna session you feel dizzy, sleepy, or any discomfort, exit the sauna immediately.

    Saunas have many health benefits and correct use will help eliminate any risks associated with them. Please submit any additional questions to www.SaunasAndStuff.com to answer. We encourage using saunas safely to maximize the health benefits!

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