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The OFFICIAL List of Sauna Rules

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As a haven for those seeking to unwind and detoxify, saunas offer a unique blend of heat and tranquility that can soothe both mind and body. However, to ensure that every visit is a harmonious and beneficial experience for all, it’s crucial to adhere to a set of established guidelines. Whether you’re a seasoned sauna enthusiast or a newcomer ready to embrace this cherished tradition, our “Official List of Sauna Rules” is designed to guide you through the dos and don’ts, ensuring your sauna sessions are not only enjoyable but also respectful and safe. So, let’s dive in and explore how we can all contribute to the serenity and well-being that saunas are renowned for.

Sauna Rules

The official rules and etiquette for using a sauna worldwide.

Drink Water

Hydration is key to a safe and enjoyable sauna experience. Drink plenty of water before and after your session to replenish fluids lost through sweating and to prevent dehydration.

Use a Towel

Always sit or lie on a towel. This practice ensures hygiene and comfort, protecting the benches and yourself. Plus, it’s a sign of respect towards the next person who uses the space.

Shower After

Rinse off in a shower after your sauna session. This helps to remove any toxins that have surfaced on your skin and refreshes you before returning to daily activities.

Respect Others’ Space

While the sauna is a communal space, personal space is still paramount. Be mindful of others’ comfort and maintain a respectful distance. This ensures everyone can relax and enjoy their time in peace.

Get in Quick

To maintain the sauna’s temperature and atmosphere, enter and exit quickly. Lingering with the door open lets out heat, impacting everyone’s experience. A swift move in or out is appreciated by all.

Don’t Overcrowd

Respect the sauna’s capacity limits to ensure everyone has enough space to relax comfortably. If it looks full, consider waiting for a better time.

Don’t Wear Scented Products

Avoid wearing perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions. When heated, these scents can become overwhelming and may cause discomfort to others.

Talk to People (Network)

The sauna isn’t just a place to unwind; it’s a golden opportunity to connect. Feel free to engage in quiet conversation and network with fellow sauna-goers. It’s a great way to make new friends and share a moment of relaxation.

Play Games With Yourself

Use this time for mental relaxation and quiet reflection. Challenge yourself with meditation, breathing exercises, or mental puzzles. It’s a perfect opportunity for some mental self-care.

Don’t Use Your Phone

Keep the sauna a tech-free zone. Not only can the heat damage your device, but the use of phones can disturb the tranquil atmosphere others have come to enjoy.

Don’t Adjust the Temp

The sauna temperature is set for optimal balance. Adjusting it could disrupt the experience for others. Trust the settings to offer the perfect warmth for everyone’s enjoyment.

Don’t Pour Water on the Heater or Use Essential Oils

Unless it’s a part of the sauna’s specific rituals and with everyone’s consent, avoid pouring water on the heater, and strictly refrain from adding essential oils. The sudden change in environment can be uncomfortable for some, and essential oils, when heated, can become dangerous, posing a risk to health and safety. Always prioritize collective comfort and safety in these communal spaces.

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Don’t Have Bodily Functions

Be mindful and prepared; the sauna is a shared space. If you’re feeling unwell or anticipate the need for a bathroom break, kindly step out beforehand.

Don’t Wear Shoes

Leave your shoes outside to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the sauna space. This is a common practice to keep the area clean and comfortable for everyone.

Don’t Work Out

The sauna is a place for relaxation, not exercise. Working out can increase your heart rate excessively in the heat and disturb others who are there to unwind.

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