Because Wikipedia is giving excellent info concerning Sauna, I am not starting to repeat it. My photos show to You two Saunas. First 17 photos are showing a mobile Sauna or Sauna on wheels. The rest 19 photos show our Sauna in our home house.
I only tell how we are taking our Sauna baths or “how to use Sauna”. Other people do it in their ways. Also I am giving some general info. Photos of that Sauna on wheels are showing the versatility of Saunas which is limited only by one’s imagination.
When we normally go take a Sauna bath?:
At what time?:
I start to warm our wood heated Sauna at four o’clock in the afternoon. It is ready for use in 40 minutes. Then I pick up a bucket of water and I put two bench covers on upper seats. To heat our Sauna I use birch wood.
What is the ideal temperature?
We like 75° Celsius / 167º Fahrenheit.
How to Sauna bath:
First we undress us in our fireplace room. After that we are having a shower in washroom of Sauna. Then to the Sauna and we sit on upper seat. I start to throw one “ladle” of water on hot stones. The water evaporates and start to warm nicely. Then we enjoy the warm starting to sweat and after a moment I throw again water on stones. Doing this way few times, it is time to go to shower again, but before it I add some wood to stove. After shower we go out wrapped in towels to cool us. No matter whatever the weather outside temperature is, we go out! That means that during the most cold winter weather too. When we are cooled us, we go back to Sauna. Next time we wash us thoroughly under showers, we have them too in use. Then again out and back to Sauna. Finally after it we take showers again and we cool off now on the bench of washroom and drying ourselves. All this took from 1 hour 15 minutes, less or more, depending how cold it is outside.
Finally we “oil” us with some good lotion. After that we are relaxing and enjoying some nice drinks, like beers or some cocktail. If it summer we sit on our terrace, enjoy Saturday afternoon sunshine, listening to the birds’ song and looking at how wagtails are strutting in our small garden. Next night we sleep well, relaxed.
Did I forget something?
Yes, to drink water is important when having Sauna bath. We take always one bottle of water with us to Sauna and take small swigs from time to time. I say that this is a must.
After bathing I open window in Sauna and in shower room that the humidity goes out. When all the fire wood has burnt, I close the plate of stove in a sauna.
What is required to build a good Sauna?
Most important thing is ventilation, not forgetting the fire safety. In our Sauna the intake of fresh air is on the floor level nearby the stove. The way out for air is nearby the Sauna’s window ceiling.
Our Sauna is small, modest and it was built in 1993. Its model is heat storage stove warmed by wood. Seats are from apache wood and walls from pine. The only reparation we have had to make during these years is a new stove with new stones two years ago. My wife is washing it twice a year thoroughly.
Fact and theses:
There are more than 3 millions Saunas in Finland and the number of population is about 5.3 millions. Lot of Saunas? There are many kind of Saunas, but mainly there are two kinds of Saunas: one which is warmed by electricity and other type which is warmed by wood as we have and it is better than heated by electricity . Saunas heated by wood give “smooth” warm. Saunas can be found in swimming halls, hotels, on every vacation cottages, spas etc. Yet in Helsinki there are few general Saunas. If somebody wants an unforgettable experience, when visiting in Helsinki, then is just for them! Nowadays every new town apartments in cities are equipped with Sauna. Everyone is claiming in Finland that they have the best Sauna, well, so we have too – the best Sauna in the world. LOL.
On summer cottages people are grilling sausages after visiting in Saunas. The famous Sauna sausage is called “Saunalenkki” meaning Sauna link. Nearly all of summer cottages are by lakes and it means that people go swimming right the way from Sauna. To get good scent to Sauna some people throw some beer on stones! Well, what do You say from that?
So, now You noticed that there is nothing mystic in Sauna. Nudity is natural among the family. Parents are with small children together and when children are growing they go to Sauna alone. That’s all folks!
I give one link in English which is presenting Saunas in a very excellent way full with facts, how to build, what one needs, with photos, with some videos. It might be the best info about Saunas ever made. From this site You can get better concrete information than from Wikipedia. What is amazing is that the site is not Finnish, but from Wisconsin. Believe me it is great site if You are interested in Sauna: