Tips for beginners

Tips for beginners

The Finnish sauna’s purpose is essentially to move from hot to cold. This activity gives you a good boost, invigorates blood circulation, lowers stress and gives you a feeling of wellness. A sauna session helps drives the stress and fatigue away, helps with weight loss and eliminates toxins from the body. But before taking a sauna, there are some precautions to keep in mind.

What to bring?

  • Swimsuit
  • One or two large towels
  • Bottled water (2 litres)
  • Beach sandals
  • Bathrobe (optional)
  • Lock

* Some spas give you a water bottle, locker and a bathrobe for the day with the price of admission.

Please note the sauna is not everyone

Due to the increase in cardiovascular activity caused by the high heat, saunas are not recommended for people with heart disease or other cardiovascular problems. People with hypertension should consult their doctors.

In addition, the treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, young children or the elderly. If you worked out, make sure that your body had time to cool down before exposing yourself to the heat of a steam bath. Make sure you always have enough time on your hands. You do not want to precipitate a sauna session.

Avoid alcohol and heavy meals before your sauna.

Before entering the sauna, it is polite to take a quick shower. Use a towel to sit on the bench in the sauna. The temperature of the sauna can vary between 80 and 100 degrees celsius. (180 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit) The highest bench will be warmer than the lowest. Set the moisture content of the room by throwing a little water on the stones, bricks or on the wood stove.

Some general guidelines:

  • Some places require you to remain silent at all times on the site.
  • Cell, cigarettes and glass containers are prohibited.
  • Swimsuit, sandals and towel mandatory.
  • Take a shower before and after baths or massage.
  • Do not book the resting chairs with your towel.
  • Manicure and shaving are prohibited in the saunas.

First pass
For the first run limit your time in the sauna between 8 and 15 minutes. (Respect your personal limitations) Drink plenty of water before and after the sauna to replace lost fluids. The first droplets of sweat appear after 2 to 3 minutes. The sweat glands can secrete up to 30 grams of sweat per minute, or nearly one litre for 15 minutes. It’s easy to become dehydrated if you are not careful. Fatigue and other signs of dehydration may occur with as little as 1 to 2% loss in body weight.

Relax. This time is yours.

When you are hot enough (after 8 to 15 minutes) cool down for a few minutes in a temperate room. For the brave, take a cold shower, dive into a pool, a lake or river. If you are really courageous, in the winter, you can take a snow bath. Cool down a few minutes in the temperate room. Finish your first pass by rinsing in the shower. Rest up and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Second pass
It all starts again and enjoy even more.

Third pass
The third pass is not mandatory. Respect your limits.

Before you go
Put your clothes on only after sweating has completely stopped. Leave a clean sauna. After the sauna, enjoy a light meal and refreshments.