Check out our Super Sauna Saturday !
Every Saturday from 4-6pm, from October through March, our sauna is open to the public as shared space for deep relaxation and community connection. No Appointment is necessary. The cost is $15pp and $10 pp for students. Please check our sauna calendar in the event of an unexpected change or inclement weather before heading over. Bathing suits are required and there is a changing room at the sauna. Please bring your own drinking water and towel.
Experience our healing temple in the woods; hand~crafted circular, cedar-lined, Finnish wood-fired sauna near our spring~fed mountain brook.
Relax and cleanse. Experience our spacious, inviting sauna, complete with 3 windows overlooking the surrounding forest, soft candle light and an inventive air circulation system allowing deep breathing in of the sweet Eucalyptus-infused steam.
Once the sauna room reaches therapeutic temperature of 160- 180ºF, you invited to settle into the soothing heat in the peaceful, natural environment offered here. Fresh mountain brook water is then ladled over the hot lava rocks, creating a circulating steam that gently envelopes.
Throughout your session, fully experience the sauna bath in the customary way by pouring pure water over your body, rinsing off the stress of the day.
Pass freely in and out of the sauna into the transition room for drinking water and healthy snacks, sit on the deck or take a dip in the nearby brook.
“Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing Outweigh Risks”
Samer Ellahham, MD, of the Washington Hospital Center (DC), Division of Cardiology and Minna L. Hannuksela, MD, of the Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland. Feb 2001 issue of the “American Journal of Medicine.
“Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing Outweigh Risks”
“For most healthy people, as well as for most patients with stable coronary heart disease, sauna bathing is well tolerated and safe. The physiological and hormonal changes that occur during sauna bathing are transient. Sauna bathing does not cause drying of the skin. The effects of hyperthermia on the pharmacokinetics of several orally administered drugs are minor. Sauna bathing does not lower fertility in men or women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Healthy children who are accustomed to sauna bathing tolerate it well. Sauna bathing has also been shown to be safe for most coronary patients with stable angina pectoris or prior myocardial infarction. The risks of myocardial infarction, coronary death and sudden death are lower during sauna bathing than during other daily activities.”
Sauna bathing may also tolerate therapeutic value. Some studies have suggested that regular sauna bathing may lower the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and increase the left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with chronic heart failure. Sauna bathing may also improve lung function in patients with obstructive pulmonary disease and alleviate pain in patients with rheumatic disease. Although sweating may increase itching in patients with atopic dermatitis, patients with psoriasis may experience some relief. Larger randomized studies are needed to establish the clinical relevance of these findings.
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Traditional Sauna Experience
Finnish tradition suggests that the sauna space is sacred. The conversation stays light and loving with silence during the Loïyly; when the water steams on the rocks. Begin your cleanse by sitting in the heat and steam from 10-20 minutes. Once you feel your core body temperature rise, and your body will tell you when it is time, feel free to exit and rest in the transition room or outside, allowing your core temperature to decrease. Once you have allowed the heat to settle, return to the sauna. You repeat this process as many times as it feels right for you. For your final round, take a thorough rinse down/bath to complete your cleansing. Relax in the transistion room until you become dry, cool and grounded. Breathing. Smiling.
Preparing for your sauna experience
Come well~hydrated to your sauna appointment and eat a light meal or snack an hour or two before your appointment. Please come to sauna free of scented products, cologne, perfumes, and heavy make-up. We request all guests to bathe/shower just before appointments, either on site (warm shower room at Pioneer Cabin or take a brook plunge) or bathe at home. It is an alcohol and drug~free zone at our sauna.
What to bring~How to prepare:
- Drinking water-reusable water bottles please
- Bath towel
- Bathing suit for community sauna/Super Sauna Saturday
- Hydrate well throughout the day and have a light snack about an hour before your session.
Health Benefits and Considerations for Regular Sauna Usage
Some avid sauna users say that the Sauna has many healthy effects on the mind and body. These sauna lovers enjoy their sauna for many reasons, including these:
- Saunas relax your sore, tight, overworked & tired muscles.
- Saunas are excellent for fighting winter colds.
- Saunas release daily stress and tension.
- You may feel deep relaxation and calm.
- Better and deeper sleep after a sauna.
- Revitalizes the body and mind.
- Refreshes the skin – deep cleans and moisturizes.
- Saunas are great for lower back pain & arthritis.
- Reduces aches and pains in joints.
- Sauna time is a time of peace.
Contraindications for the sauna:
Intense sauna heat is not recommended during:
- High-risk pregnancies. (Consult your physician prior to sauna appt.)
- For patients with unstable angina pectoris, recent myocardial infarction, and severe aortic stenosis.
- Decompensated heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia are relative contraindications.
- Alcohol and/or drug intake before or during sauna bathing can create serious health risks and impaired judgment. For these reasons, the partaking of drugs or alcoholic beverages is not permitted at our sauna.
- Our sauna welcomes children 10 and up with attentive parental/adult supervision