- Warm up the sauna to the temperature of your choice
For a far infrared sauna , most people set the temperature for anywhere between 100-140 degrees. If you are a beginner, and particularly if you are not in great health, you’ll want to start at 100 degrees or less. This way you’ll give yourself a chance to get used to the heat.
It’s okay to get into an infrared sauna 10-15 min. after you’ve turned it on, even if the temperature is not up to your target temperature yet.
It doesn’t take longer than that for infrared sauna heaters to warm up, and once they do, you’ll be getting the infrared heat effect. The infrared-emitting heaters will be on continuously until the heat gets up to the temperature you set.
For a traditional steam sauna, most people set the temperature for anywhere between 160-200 degrees. In this case, you’ll probably want to wait until you’re within 5-10 degrees of the temperature you’ve set it at to get the full effect.
How to get added health benefits from saunas:
When you sit in the sauna, brush, lightly scratch, or tap the skin on your arms, legs, belly, and back. This will stimulate your pores to open more while you’re in the sauna, and boost the circulation at the surface of your body.
Pretty soon you’ll start sweating, and with all the blood at the surface of your body toxins will come flowing out.
Once you’ve started sweating, you can stay in the sauna as long as you feel comfortable after that. When you plunge in the cold water you can be as quick as you like, but I like to wait about 10-20 seconds to really let my blood return to my core.
Immediately after you leave the sauna you have to immerse yourself in cold water!
This will close your pores back up, pull the blood back to your core organs, and reinforce your natural defenses.
This means that you will actually lose less heat when you are out of the sauna, boost your circulation, stay warmer longer, and keep your vital organs happy and functioning at the same time.
Once you’ve rinsed off, you can then relax outside of the sauna until you’re ready for another round.
We have available drinking some warm water with a pinch of salt and honey to refurbish your body with electrolytes lost in sweating.
Three rounds are typical for the sauna ritual, but you can increase or reduce this depending on what feels good to you.
- Drink a glass of water.
Have a glass of water before you enter the sauna. Take some water into the sauna with you, too. This is the most important “how to take a sauna” step!
Other good drinks to take into the sauna with you would be a water with honey and salt which will help replenish the electrolytes you have lost during sweat.
- Bring towels with you into the sauna
We provide you with two towels. You’ll need 1 towel to sit on and a smaller towel to wipe down with once you start sweating. In our sauna we also put a towel under our feet.
Your body will be sending out toxins, including heavy metals, with your sweat, and you won’t want your sauna bench or floor to absorb these.
- If possible, wear a bathing suite.
If you can’t, then wear the absolute minimum of clothes that you can—-not more than a bathing suit, for example. (Maybe you can go in the nude of you drape a towel artfully over your private parts! )
- Relax, reflect, listen to music or read a book.
This is your time and it’s a time to relax. I’ve come to love my time in the sauna. Sometimes I’ll close the lights for a bit to rest my eyes and mind or meditate for a while.