The Best Way to Take A Sauna
What’s the best way to take a sauna? Check out the hot sauna advice from a gathering of 60 international experts at Mikhail Brodsky’s authentic Russian spa in California’s Bay Area. The group released a set of 21st-century best-practices advice for beginners and experts who enjoy the ancient practice that provides a host of medical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Photographer Mikkel Aaland, author of Sweat, organized the event with Brodsky and sauna enthusiast Greg Moga of Seattle, the Los Angeles Times reported.
7 tips to improve your sauna experience:
1. How long to sauna? The experts recommend an extended session – two hours or more – that includes repeating three cycles: 12 to 20 minutes in the sauna, a dip in a pool of cool water, and 15 to 20 minutes of relaxing in a hot tub, steam room, or room temperature.
2. Rinse before and cold plunge after. The user should start with a rinse-off shower and concluded with a plunge into water at 45 to 55 degrees (brrr) for maximum health and mental health benefits.
3. Sauna dimensions. The sauna should have a low ceiling – up to 4 feet above the bench.
4. Ideal Temperature. The room should be between 176 and 194 degrees, certainly no lower than 150, with stones preferably heated by wood fire.
5. Heighten the experience. Leave distractions such as cellphones outside and remain open to the spiritual dimensions of the hot-and-cold exposure.
6. Nude is best. Speaking of exposure, the group advocates the all-natural, clothing-free practice common in Europe.
7. Mindful practice. With its recurring ritual aspects and immersive environment, the sauna offers an at-home getaway for what one expert calls “purposeful sweating.” Think about the benefits you want from the heat, or you can, with more benefit, just relax and let your mind wander as you enjoy the moment. Leave the cellphone and all distractions outside of the sauna.
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