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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Tips for First Time Sauna Users


    Using a sauna is a great way to relax at the end of the day, or after a long workout, and to keep yourself feeling healthy and refreshed, but if you’ve never used a sauna before, there are some key things you should know before using one for the first time. Below are some tips for first time sauna users!


    Safety First

    Making sure that you’re using your sauna safely is essential! It’s very important that you take the time to read the instructions for your sauna and become familiar with all the features and their uses. If you are using a sauna at the gym or in a public place, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure how to use it.

    Keep in mind that young children and animals should never be inside the sauna while it is in use, or unsupervised. High temperatures can create health risks for young kids and the heat can be harmful to animals, not to mention, loose fur and debris can mess up a sauna’s processing unit.

    The length of your sauna session should be a safety consideration as well. The recommended sauna session averages between 15 and 20 minutes. Feel free to take breaks during your time in the sauna to prevent your body temperature from rising too high.



     The maximum legal temperature for saunas in both the United States and Canada is 194 degrees Fahrenheit or 90 degrees Celsius. However, if the temperature of your sauna feels too hot, you can always turn it down, open the door or take some time away from sitting inside the sauna.


     What {NOT} To Wear

     A bathing suit and a towel are the most commonly worn items during sauna sessions. A towel is good to have with you as you might want to sit on it, instead of the bench itself, or use it to wipe the sweat from your face.

    It is recommended to go into a sauna barefoot, however if you feel more comfortable wearing footwear, it is suggested that you wear clean flip-flops. It is best to try and not bring in the dirt from shoes to a clean sauna where some individuals are barefoot.

    Avoid wearing any jewelry or unnecessary accessories in the sauna. Metal heats quickly and jewelry may cause irritation or even burning if worn in a sauna.


     Drink Up!

     Hydration is key! In many ways, water is so important for our bodies. A person can lose up to one pint of water during a normal sauna session, and if not properly hydrated, this can lead to dehydration.

    Alcoholic beverages should be avoided before entering the sauna and during your session. Drinking only water or hydrating fluids before, during, and after your time in the sauna will help keep you hydrated and feeling good.


    Keep It Cool

     Cooling down after your sauna session is very important. Take a damp washcloth or towel and press it on your skin to help regulate your body temperature. This will help you gradually adjust your body’s temperature. Entering a cold pool, shower or air can shock your body. Avoid the effects of shock from abrupt temperature change by slowly cooling down the temperature of your body. Besides, what’s the rush? Take your time to enjoy your sauna session, and that means taking time to cool down, too!

    If you are a first time sauna user, or are looking to purchase your first home sauna, feel free to contact our experts with any questions you may have!


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