A traditional sauna session has been a Finnish tradition for over 2000 years and is still practiced today. If you’ve never been to a sauna before, it’s essential to prepare yourself to get the most out of your experience. You can usually find traditional infrared sauna and steam rooms in gyms, health clubs, or even hotels.
To fully immerse yourself in the experience and get all the benefits, you need to do your homework to know what to expect and how to prepare yourself. In this blog post, we’ll cover all the essential tips you need to know about gearing up for your traditional sauna experience.
Dress for the Sauna
The most important thing to remember is that you’ll need to shed all your clothes. That said, most traditional saunas offer towels or robes to wear between sauna sessions. You should also wear shower shoes to prevent slipping or for hygiene purposes.
Hydrate Yourself Adequately
One of the essential tips for any sauna session is to stay hydrated. Drink water before, during, and after the session. You can also bring a water bottle and refuel in between sauna sessions.
Start at a Lower Temperature
Traditional saunas generally maintain high temperatures between 180 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s always a good idea for beginners to start at a lower temperature. Start at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and gradually work your way up.
Control Your Stay
Beginners should only stay in the sauna for 10 to 15 minutes. It’s okay to take a break and cool off after every 10 minutes. That allows for greater comfort, hygiene, and helps to regulate your body temperature.
Relax and Unwind
The sauna experience is both physical and mental. Make sure to relax and unwind when inside. Take deep breaths, reflect, and let your mind drift. You can also bring your favorite books that don’t require water, electronics, or footwear.
A traditional sauna experience is an excellent way to unwind and relax. However, the experience can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Make sure you keep these essential tips in mind to get the most out of your first sauna experience. Remember to hydrate, start with less temperature, take breaks, and bring a book. Happy Sauna-ing!