Public Sauna Etiquette-How to Sauna in a Hotel, Gym or Resort

Sweating in Public.  Fun? Relaxing? Or, social torture because you don’t know the rules?

Everything you need to know about sharing a sauna you learned in kindergarten. You just need to apply the rules to taking a sauna in a public place.

Health clubs and spas often have public saunas shared by strangers. They might be men only, women only, or mixed. The people who come to these rooms with hot rocks and wooden benches, maybe wearing no more than a towel, could be looking for detoxification or muscle relief as well as rest. If you’re going to relax in a place like that, everybody has to mind their manners. Here are some rules, including advice from Sauna Fin’s “Sauna Etiquette,” Home Saunas’ “Sauna Etiquette and Tips” and Sauna Community’s “Sauna Definition.”

COVER UP. Check the rules – you have to wear at least a towel, and some rooms require a swimsuit.

DON’T STARE. It’s just not kind..no matter what they’re wearing, or not.

BE CLEAN.  Shower before sauna so nobody has to smell your b.o. or the chlorine from the pool. It also keeps the furniture sanitary. Take an extra towel to sit on.Buy Olympic Hot Tub spa robes for the ultimate comfort.

USE INSIDE VOICES. If you’re going to talk, keep the conversation quiet and don’t laugh or make loud noises that disturb others. If you’re listening to music, use a headset or earbuds so nobody else hears.  Feel free to tell somebody to turn it down if they break this rule.

SHUT THE DOOR.We want to keep the heat inside, so never hold the door open to talk to someone. Get in or get them out.

SIT STILL. It’s not an exercise room, and nobody wants you flinging sweat when you move around. If somebody breaks this rule, feel free to remind them.

When you sweat politely with others, everybody will have a relaxing time. Feel free to share any other tips you have for the right way to sauna in public.

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Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

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