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Thinking about Buying a Sauna?


A sauna can be a great addition to any home, but there are quite a few things to consider before making any purchase of this magnitude. What type of sauna will work bets in your home – a portable or a traditional? What type of heat will you use to operate your sauna – oil, gas, wood or infrared? Which type of sauna will be best for your financial situation?

The Health Benefits

A sauna can be relaxing and therapeutic, which can be very beneficial to your health. After a long, difficult day at the office the stress seems to just melt away after relaxing for just a few minutes in a sauna – having that option available to you right in your own home whenever you feel you need it is a wonderful feeling.

A sauna can also do wonders for your social life. Spending some time in the sauna with a few glasses of wine is one of the best possible ways to end up a romantic evening.

How Much Does it Cost

This used to be one of the biggest concerns for potential sauna owners. Traditional saunas can be very large, very expensive and costly to install and operate. Your home needed a convenient location for the sauna to be installed and the cost of the materials and labor made owning a sauna just a fantasy for an average, middle class family.

Now there are lightweight and inexpensive portable saunas that can easily be worked into houses or apartments with tight quarters that never would have comfortably housed a traditional sauna. The portable saunas can be easily and quickly installed, in fact you can often be using your new portable sauna the very same day it’s delivered. Portable saunas can be purchased, installed and operated for a fraction of what it would have cost for a traditional sauna.

Where will you put your Sauna?

Even though the new lightweight, portable saunas can fit in just about anywhere, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t carefully select the best possible location for your sauna. If the climate is suited for it, you can install your have an outdoor sauna of your home on a small deck, but you have to consider a place to store the necessary amenities like towels as well as a place to change that’s out of the public eye.

In doors it’s advisable to have your sauna close to a bathroom for cleaning up and changing, or at the very least a changing area with a shower stall and some storage for towels, robes and a change of clothes.

Your sauna is meant to be the ultimate source for relaxation; you don’t want to put it in a place that makes anything about the experience inconvenient. If everything that you need for your sauna time is right within reach, it will make the experience that much more relaxing and you’ll be much more likely to use it frequently.

Ability to Customize

If you’ve got the money and the space available you can make your sauna and surround as extravagant as you would like. Your imagination is the only limitation to the theme you can create with your sauna space if you’ve got the funds and a large enough area to transform.

The thought of buying a sauna can be a little intimidating, just because of the infinite amount of options available to you. You need to do your research and put that together with some careful planning before making your final decision as to which sauna will be the best for your situation. The right sauna will add both value to your home and increase your overall quality of life, so take the time to look at and consider all of the options available before making your final decision.

Enhance Your Sauna Experience with Accessories


Having the right sauna accessories will make your relaxing ritual that much better. It`s worth the small investment to enhance what is already a great experience and turn it into something amazing.

Bucket and Ladle

One of the quintessential experiences of a sauna is the dipping of water and pouring it over your body. This is particularly popular in Finnish saunas, but can be used in other types, as well. The cool water helps regulate body temperature, flush away any toxins and grime that has been excreted by the body and is excellent for toning the pores, as well.

The variety of pails and dippers means that you`ll be able to find something to fit your sauna room perfectly. It`s a good idea to go for a metal insert which works to keep the water at a constant temperature, as opposed to plastic, which tends to create tepid water temperatures. Copper buckets and ladles are quite popular for an authentic look and work very well in modern saunas, as well.

Thermometer/Hydrometer

Having a thermometer in your sauna is always a good idea. You`ll be able to see at a glance whether the temperature is right, rather than having to judge by how it feels. Since there are optimum temperatures for the cleansing experience, it`s useful to have the thermometer right there inside the sauna.

A hydrometer lets you know what the humidity level within the room is and the best devices available combine both thermometer and hydrometer. Opt for a wood framed version that will blend into the interior of the spa for a more sophisticated look.

Bath Brush

With a long handle for reaching down your back, you`ll find that a bath brush allows the heat and steam from the sauna to work better. The brush is used to open pores all over the body, which allows the steam to penetrate and do its job, deep cleaning the skin. The bristles also stimulate blood flow to the skin, enhancing the cleansing effect.

Back/Head Support

Sitting in a sauna on a regular basis can be a bit of a strain on the back and neck. For the ultimate relaxation, it`s a good idea to invest in a back or head rest. Look for ones that are ergonomically curved to fit your spine in a comfortable position.

Back and head supports are usually made of wood to fit into the sauna environment and withstand the high temperatures and humidity. You`ll find it much more relaxing when you can lean your head back and rest while enjoying the cleansing experience.

Timer

Most people follow time limits to stay safe in the sauna, but if you can`t wear a watch in, how do you know when your time is up? That`s where a good sauna timer comes in handy. Since regular clocks tend to fog up or stop working in the humidity, you might want to go for the more traditional sand timer which can be turned as often as needed to set the right time.

Aromatic Dispenser

The benefits of aromatherapy are well known, so why not incorporate this into your sauna? Depending on the scent you choose, it can be either relaxing or invigorating to use an aromatic dispenser. Liquid scent is mixed with water and the dispenser allows it to drip slowly onto the stones, creating a unique atmosphere that is usually only found in professional spas.

Sauna accessories really do make the entire experience more wonderful and relaxing. From back rests to scrub brushes, there are products to help improve every aspect of the sauna. Choose high quality options, though, since cheaper versions won`t hold up for long in the intense environment and tend to fall apart.

Home Sauna: Maintenance Tips


A home sauna can be a real treat. You`ll experience all the benefits of a proper sauna and sweat bath right in your own home. However, saunas do need some upkeep. As long as you are willing to learn about how to maintain your home sauna, you`ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Saunas are almost always built of wood and this needs some special care to keep it in optimum condition. Since home saunas tend to be fairly small, this is an ongoing task that really shouldn`t take much time.

Cleaning Your Home Sauna

Since the steam will kill any germs that happen to enter the sauna, you really don`t need to use anti-bacterial sprays or other disinfectants within the sauna. In fact, it`s not even a good idea to use cleaners like this, since they tend to seep into the wood and then let off nasty fumes as you are heating the sauna up again. With the wrong cleanser, you could end up with an unusable steam room!

Prevention is the best medicine and this applies to cleaning, as well. Rather than wait for sweat to stain your wood seating, it`s a far better idea to have towels ready to lay on the benches. Have anyone entering the sauna sit on these and you will find that the wood stays in great condition for far longer.

To actually clean the sauna, here are some helpful hints:

• Use plain soapy water to wash the wood with a soft cloth.
• Rinse with cool water.
• For severe discoloration, sand the stained area before washing and treating as normal.
• Watch out for ammonia in your cleansers, not only does it give off toxic fumes, it also turns the wood grey.

It`s also a big help to have people wipe down the seats when they use the sauna. This will help reduce the discoloration that is due to weat.

Maintaining the Sauna Heater

The wood isn`t the only part of the sauna that needs cleaning, the heater will also need some regular care. There are two types of sauna heaters, electric and wood burning.

An electric heater is fairly easy to clean. You will want to wipe down the heater with a soft cloth and some mild, soapy water from time to time to keep it pristine. Don`t ever use a rough cloth or scrubby, since this tends to scratch the metal surface. Once a scratch has appeared, the humid environment in the sauna promotes rust.

Wood burning heaters will need to have the ashes removed after use and regular, professional inspections of the vents to ensure there is no fire hazard from creosote buildup.

The stones that are used to heat the sauna are also quite important. No matter what kind of stones you use in your spa, you really do need to inspect them on a regular basis. Any rocks with cracks or that smell odd will need to be replaced.

Another issue that many home sauna owners run into is a sticky door. The heat and moisture combined in the sauna room makes the wood swell. This can cause the sauna door to stick and is quite easily solved. Just take a piece of sandpaper, see where the wood is sticking and gently sand it just enough to allow the door to open and shut easily.

It really isn`t that difficult to maintain a sauna if you know what you`re doing. Avoid harsh chemical cleansers and keep your heater in tip top condition and you`ll enjoy your sauna for a long time to come.

Sauna Etiquette – The Dos and the Don’ts


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You walk into a sauna ready to enjoy yourself when you suddenly hear what sounds like something from a horror movie. The loud breathing you hear over your shoulder has you frightened to turn around because you’re afraid that what you will see is some unearthly creature with red glowing eyes and big teeth.

But after a few seconds of hesitation and mental reasoning that there is no such thing as monsters, you turn around to find that it is your uncle Bob got to the sauna before you did. What is worse is that not only is he breathing like he just ran a marathon, but he isn’t wearing a towel. And you just told yourself that there are no such things as monsters.

Uncle Bob is the perfect example of what not to do in a sauna. It is true that the United States doesn’t have the same sauna rules you might find in European saunas, but many times it is just common sense for the sake of yourself and for the sake of those around you. In other words, a sauna is an excellent place for you to become your own worst enemy. If you notice that everyone in the sauna leaves when you arrive, then you know there is an issue.

Sauna etiquette

If you find that everyone is running from you when you arrive at the sauna or you are hearing huffs and puffs of aggravation while you’re there, maybe it is time to evaluate your sauna etiquette. Below are 10 things you should do and shouldn’t do to get you started:

DOS DON’TS
Do take a shower before going into the sauna.That way if you’re already sweaty or you’ve been in a poolwith heavy chlorine, there’s no strange smell. Showering also minimizes germs and bacteria. Don’t breathe loudly. Loud breathing is not a pleasant sound for those wishing to relax. Imagine someone breathing hard in your ear while you’re trying to enjoy yourself.
Do wear a towel. Like uncle Bob some people are comfortable with being naked in a sauna, while others are not. particularly if you are in a public sauna, a towel should be worn at all times for the sake of others. Think about it, would you want to sit where someone elses bare bottom has been? Don’t talk loud. Keep it to a low whisper if you must talk. Others in the sauna may not want to hear about the bad date you had last night.
Do stay in for as long as you’re comfortable. You don’t want to have a “who can stay in the longest” contest. This could result in some really annoying noises and others being concerned with whether or not you’re overdoing it. This can make the environment unpleasant for them Don’t moan and groan even though the sauna is pleasant. This could be
frightening to others.
Do read the rules posted outside of the sauna before going in. This is the fool-proof way of having a pleasant experience. Don’t burst out laughing if told something funny. This could scare others in the sauna.
Do mind your own business and do not stare at others in the sauna. This could be quite uncomfortable.  

Follow these ten etiquette tips and you will be able to enjoy the sauna experience to its fullest without compromising the relaxation of those around you. As for uncle Bob, he is a different story.

Does Having a Sauna Increase the Value of Your House?


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The world is stressful and we tend to feel its stress more than we’d like to. As a result, we will do whatever is necessary to make ourselves feel better. One of the ways in which homeowners improve their wellness is by installing a sauna in their home. This is a huge investment that is beneficial in a number of ways. It improves health, it relaxes, and it is very enjoyable. However, it is important to take some things into consideration.

The type of sauna being installed and the location of the sauna are important, as is how much work the installation is going to require. The more elaborate the sauna, the more expensive it will be, and the more work it will require to install. This also brings about an important question for the homeowner because of this huge investment and that question is: “Is it going to increase the value of my home?”

This question is important because adding a sauna to your home should offer not only health benefits but offer a return on your investment as well. For example eliminating gym memberships and the fuel costs associated with traveling to the gym can help tp justify the coast of installing a home sauna. Installing a home sauna will also add value to your home benefiting you in the long run.

Of course, the more elaborate the sauna, the more value it adds. But that is no reason to break the bank just for the sake of adding home value. The sauna that is installed should be adequate enough to support the needs of those who will be using it.

Installing a sauna that is too large results in wasted money in the way of its purchase price, the price to install it, and the expenses associated with running it. It also results in wasted space. Spending money on space that will never be used kind of offsets any money that will be received if the house ever has to be sold.

Saunas also become the focus of many home improvement products for this very reason. They are a great addition and they have family, friends, and neighbors aching to be invited over to enjoy a relaxing evening in the sauna with good conversation and a temporary escape from the rest of the world. Before long, everyone either wants to spend time in the sauna and may eventually install one of their own once they experience the health benefits and realize the value a sauna can add to your home.

Investing in a sauna can benefit a homeowner in many ways. Not only does it promote a healthier lifestyle through reducing stress, it also has its financial benefits, which might explain why saunas are becoming huge in fix and flip projects and other home improvement endeavors. No matter the reason for installing a sauna, it is a great idea for any homeowner.

Sauna Etiquette – Clothing Optional?


sauna-etiquette-clothing   To wear, or not to wear; that is the question! All kidding aside, there are some serious things to discuss when it comes to the question of clothing inside of saunas. Some people have no problems when it comes to stripping down to their birthday suits, no matter who sees them! The majority of the population however does have problems with being seen naked in public – even in a sauna. What then, is considered proper etiquette in a sauna when it comes to clothing?

I will never forget one moment in my childhood when I opened a sauna door and encountered a very unattractive, naked woman sitting inside. I quickly closed the door, and saunas have never been the same for me since! Granted, there are some settings in which you can go without your clothes in a sauna. For example, if you own your own private sauna in your home, there shouldn’t be a problem going in your birthday suit! Another example would be at a private club where the clothing option is clearly stated. In a public sauna however, it really is best to leave your clothes on.

Europeans have been using saunas for generations now, and North Americans only discovered them a few years ago. It is well known in Europe that saunas work the best when the user is not wearing any clothes at all, and maybe nudity is more accepted over there because of this fact. In North America however, nudity is not so acceptable! It is better to use a sauna without clothing, but when you think about sharing space with eight or nine other people – especially when those people are complete strangers, clothing is suddenly more important than getting the best use of the sauna.

Another reason not to forget your clothes when going into the sauna is because of the position your body must be in to get the maximum results. Sauna experts will tell you not to sit in the sauna – you must lie down to get the full sauna benefits. They will also tell you that if you do have to sit down, it is best not to let your feet dangle. In these positions, it is probably best to be clothed!

You can get away with a very small bathing suit, or even wearing a towel wrapped around your body in the sauna. As long as the material of the suit and the towel is made of breathable cotton, you should still be able to reap the full benefits of the sauna. Some very uncomfortable moments can be created when you don’t pay attention to the kind of sauna you are entering without clothing – please pay close attention to this very important detail!

Saunas can be a great experience for anyone who wants to go, and you’ve got to remember not to spoil that experience for everyone else! (Like it was spoiled for me!) Home saunas are pretty affordable to build, and if you choose an infrared sauna, it is actually cheap to run as well, and you can feel free to wear your birthday suit as much as you want.

Sauna Parties – Do Alcohol and Saunas Mix?


sauna party   It is no secret that saunas are fun. It is especially great when you have your very own sauna in your home, and you can have your friends and family over for a sauna party. Even gathering together with your loved ones at “the club” for a sauna party can be a lot of fun for you and your friends. However, at most types of parties, the host or hostess will usually want to serve alcohol to his or her guests.

Too many people do not realize that the high heat of a running sauna and the intoxication of alcohol just do not mix.

There have been a lot of studies taken about alcohol and sauna mix and none of them show that the two are a good mix. In Finland, where the sauna was born, and is used the most, they found that when you mix sauna heat and alcohol, serious accidents can and do occur.

I don’t mean to completely ruin the party of course; everything is all right as long as it is in moderation. If you have to have alcohol at your sauna party, please try to keep it to a bare minimum before and during the time in the sauna. After everyone has had enough sauna time, feel free to drink more (responsibly, of course!), but if you consume too much alcohol while inside the heat of the sauna room, it may have a bad effect on your body.

The above mentioned studies have all proven that drinking while in the sauna, or even before you go into the sauna, is often the cause of injuries acquired while inside saunas. Some of these injuries have been minor, such as sprained ankles or wrists and minor burns, and some injuries were not so minor, such as head trauma, heart attacks, heat stroke and fainting. I’m sure you can see by now that drinking at a sauna party might not be such a good idea! Not only are these injuries possible when you drink in the sauna, but also, there have been deaths associated with the mix of alcohol and sauna heat.

When you are inside of a hot sauna for any period of time, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body, and consuming alcohol, even if you do not get drunk, can make your heart’s job all the more harder, and this will cause some problems to your body. Not only can intoxication harm you while you are in a sauna, but also, if you have had a few drinks the night before and you are hung over, entering a hot sauna can still be detrimental to your health.

Your sauna party can still be fun, even without alcohol. If you have to have alcohol to have fun, you may want to rethink your version of “fun” and get some help. If you still want to have some alcohol, just remember to know your limits, and drink in moderation.