What is Sauna?

A typical sauna session consists of 3 to 5 rounds of balanced hot / cold exposure. Each round is 10 to 20 minutes in the hot room, follwed by a cool-off period of an approximately equal or greater length of time outside the sauna.

The exact amount of time in the hot room or outside cooling down depends on how long it takes your body to respond to heat.

When you sit in a 180-degree sauna, your body starts circulating blood to cool itself down. By breathing calmly and relaxing into the heat, you increase the amount of oxygen in the blood stream and increase the body’s ability to bring your internal temperature back into balance.

Once water is added to the sauna rocks to create steam and humidity in the air of the sauna, the body’s ability to cool itself by evaporating sweat is reduced, and will respond by increasing blood flow and producing more sweat. 

By breathing slowly and calmly and by listening to your body’s responses you can decide when your body has reached or returned to it’s internal comfort zone.

When you’re overheating, it’s time to take a break outside the sauna. When you start to feel cool it’s time to head back into the sauna for another round … or to end your sauna session for the day.

Breath and enjoy – it should always feel great!* 

General Precautions

  • Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
  • Stay in the sauna no more than 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool down gradually afterward.
  • Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
  • Don’t take a sauna when you are ill. If you feel unwell during your sauna, get out of the sauna. Check with your doctor in case you have underlying conditions that may lead to adverse effects from doing sauna.

*Health notice: If you’re new to sauna or if it’s been awhile, be sure to consult with your doctor before using the sauna and/or engaging in ice baths / snow plunges afterward. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Infants and toddlers should not use the sauna even with parental supervision. Women who are pregnant or in menses should not use sauna or ice/snow baths. If you have any health issues or problems, always talk to your doctor first to see if sauna is right for you.