How to Have a Sauna
For people from Finland, a hot steam bath followed by a cold plunge has an enlivening effect that can help reduce stress, pain, and depressive states. Saunas are an integral part of homes and everyday life. These little rooms, with their beautiful scent of cedar, represent a ritual of well-being and simplicity — a moment to let worries dissipate in the steam. So it was essential to have a sauna in the BESIDE cabins and allow visitors to embrace their nordicity.
Saunas also help prepare the body for winter. Their heat stimulates blood circulation and increases the heart rate. They can help in reducing joint pain (rheumatism, osteoarthritis, arthritis), lowering blood pressure, and activating the immune system. Finally, the endorphins we release in the heat soothe us. In short: every reason is a good one to have a seat in the heat for the duration of a sand timer.
1. Exposure to heat causes elimination of toxins by sweating and relaxes the muscles of the body.
2. Immersion in cold water allows the secretion of endorphins and activates vascularization.
3. Rest brings the heart back to its regular rhythm and helps the body relax.
- Turn the dial up* from number one so the sauna begins to heat immediately.
If the sauna doesn’t light, it needs to be reset. There is a rubber button under the unit (you’ll feel a hole in the metal plate). Push it until you hear a click.
Adjust the temperature according to your level of tolerance. You can always change it later if needed.
While you wait for the sauna to heat up, get hydrated.
Go into the sauna and turn the sand timer. A 10- to 15-minute session is recommended.**
Create more steam by pouring water onto the stones with the ladle.
In the shower, turn the temperature to coldest. Try not to tense up your body and do your best to immerse your head.
Alternate option to a cold shower: roll in the snow.
Rest (in front of the wood stove or on the little bench) to allow your heart rate to return to its regular rhythm. We recommend pausing for at least 10 minutes before starting the next cycle.
* The top dial is a timer — each number represents, in hours, when the self-timer will start. If it is turned to number 2, the sauna will start in 2 hours. ** Note that breathing hot air in combination with some medications, drugs, or alcohol can increase their effect. Keep this in mind if you want to avoid overdoing it.