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I have been given a small building with a Sauna in it. It is all cedar tongue and groove, two tier bench, wood stove with rocks on top {supposedly to toss water on for the steam effect}, vents, a window and a temperature gauge. I have never used a sauna before, any suggestions on how hot, how long or anything else I should know about before I attempt my first one.
 

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I love saunas! You're so lucky to have one at home rather than have to go to the gym for one. I think your best bet would be to look online to see what sort of detailed information you might find. Or maybe some other members here may have more experience with saunas and will be able to advise you better. I do know this however that if you have high blood pressure you have to be very careful and you should talk to your doctor before you start taking saunas. I hope you enjoy it!
 

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If I recall correctly, DLS lives off the grid.<br><br><br><br>
I can't give you any advice, we have a dry heat room at the gym, and a steam room. Nothing like a typical sauna.<br><br>
That's awesome!! I'm going to come live with you sometime.
 

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Sauna ing alone is dangerous?Eclipse, Do you mean I might pass out or something? I do not live alone out here, but my Hubby is away at work sometimes for 2-3 weeks at a time. And since it is a wood heated sauna, it would burn out on its own, if I did drift off. I could set an alarm clock too just in case.
 

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being in a sauna alone is not dangerous. particularly if it is a wood-burning sauna. IMO these saunas are SO much nicer than electric saunas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
the only danger to being in a sauna is being in an electric one that doesn't have a timer and would maintain it's heat indefinately. if a person falls asleep in a sauna like this, then it could be very dangerous--because the heat never dissipates.<br><br><br><br>
but in a wood-burning sauna, the fire would eventually go out.<br><br><br><br>
there are lots of different 'styles' or 'ways' to sauna. saunas in europe were traditionally a way to get clean instead of showers. while showers and baths are more common in northern europe now, 'back in the day' saunas were an important bathing ritual for scandinavians. they were called "sweat baths" and the rituals of such baths could take hours of alternating between heat and cold (literally going out into the snow/ice), rubbing oneself with birch branches (finland predominently) to exfoliate, remove dirt, and add a nice smell to one's body, wiping sweat and steam from the body with clean cloths, and so on.<br><br><br><br>
Online, you'll find a good deal of information about the ritualized aspects of 'sweat baths' in scandinavia. . .as well as some information about the spiritual uses of saunas similar to sweat lodges that the native americans use (sami people--the 'native americans' of scandinavia--also have a similar use for sweat baths or saunas).<br><br><br><br>
I hope that you enjoy it!
 

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Thanks everybody for all the Information. I will check on line zoebird for more on scandinavian sweat baths, we do not get much snow here but I was thinking of putting up an outside shower stall, then I could run out jump in a cold shower, then back to the heated sauna. I still have to finish setting up the building and putting a deck from the house to the sauna, so it will be a couple of weeks before I am ready to light the stove and check it all out. I will let you alll know when I have it up and running.
 

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a shower like that is a good option, or just having buckets of water outside with a wash cloth in it to rinse off is a good idea too. turkish baths do immersions and saunas in alternation as well.
 

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I love saunas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> The only advice I have is to make sure you drink some water first if you're planning on being in there for more than 15 minutes or so.
 
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