Sauna Basics


Saunas as we know them today can trace their roots back to ancient Finland. It was there that locals began digging pits into the sides of hills. Rocks were heated with fire, water was then poured over the hot rocks, and the result was high temperatures in the pits that soothed, warmed, and relaxed the body. Cycles of heat were rotated with cycles of cooling the body down, and this was found to have the best effects.

In our modern times, the traditional sauna now uses a "rock" heater. Specialized rocks are heated by electric elements, and are either placed on the floor or on a wall. The comforting warmth that the rocks produce, once heated, is at the heart of the sauna experience.

Most sauna bathers pour water over the rocks to provide instant steam and to increase relative humidity. A bucket and ladle are customary accessories in saunas.

Infrared heating is also an option for producing the heat in your sauna. Infrared panels provide a less intense heat, but one that keeps the body warm. The Infrasauna combination is also available for those who like the ability to choose between the potent power of the rocks and the soothing comfort of the Infrared system.

Safe Use of the Sauna

Regardless of the type, no one should spend more than 20 minutes at one time in a sauna—it isn’t healthy. For frequent sauna bathers, we recommend spending 20 minutes at one time relaxing in the sauna. For those who are new to sauna bathing, we recommend starting out with 10 minutes inside the sauna at a moderate temperature. The reason is that the heart rate may get elevated, similar to exercise. As in an exercise program, start slow and build up for better health benefits.

“Note: Remember that a sauna is extreme heat and high humidity. If you have medical concerns, consult with your doctor.”

After enjoying an appropriate amount of time in the sauna, it’s best to drink water or juice to replenish your fluids. It is important that you spend 10 minutes outside before re-entering the sauna. A healthy experienced bather can go through three to four cycles in one day.

Additional Sauna Tips

While in your sauna, the ideal method for relaxing is to enter without clothing. There is certain etiquette for this depending on whether or not you have company in the sauna, and your relationship to said company. Many people simply wear a towel to maintain a measure of modesty while in the company of others.

The location of your sauna is also an important factor to consider. Most of our customers have their saunas built as an add-on to their home. Typically this process is done during construction of a brand new home, or during a complete remodel. The master bath is usually the most popular location for a sauna.

We are also able to build a separate structure—not attached to your home—in the backyard. All we need is a flat space to create your dream experience.

Costs of Operating a Sauna

There are many factors that go into the cost of a Sauna depending on size, location, and materials used.

Saunaworkz is a one-stop full service operation and will take care of you from the start of the project and throughout the years ahead, providing maintenance and repairs. Our unique Craftsmanship Guarantee demonstrates our commitment to your satisfaction in your lifestyle room. We not only provide you with the right parts, we do the site inspection, we provide material samples, a full quote, all of the installation, and full maintenance and repairs.