Experience our temple in the woods, a circular, cedar-lined, wood-fired sauna steam bath near our spring fed mountain brook. Relax, release and detoxify. Redefine your past sauna experiences and enter our spacious, clean and inviting sauna, complete with 3 windows overlooking the surrounding forest.
Once the sauna room reaches between its therapeutic temperature of 150- 200ºF, the bather is invited to settle into the soothing heat in the clean, natural environment offered here. Fresh mountain spring water is then ladled over the hot lava rocks, creating a circulating steam that envelopes the bather. Our sauna offers an inventive air circulating system so you never feel like its hard to breathe. Allow the deep detoxification and relaxation to begin. Throughout the sweat, fully experience the sauna bath in the customary way by pouring pure water over your body, rinsing off toxins, and scrubbing down with natural soap, and gently cooling down.
“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.
SUMMARY: “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.
Everything about the sauna at Nurture Through Nature eco-retreat incorporates thoughtful design and a conscious aesthetic that provides the partaker nothing short of an out-of-body experience. From the short walk through the woods to access the sauna, to the low lines of the octagonal roof, to the welcoming front door and anteroom, to the sauna itself. There is nothing like a Finnish sauna to shake winter loose from your bones, and the sauna at NTN speaks to the heart and soul of this ancient tradition. –Laurie LaMountain, Denmark, Maine
I had used saunas before, and was never very enthusiastic about them, so when I was invited to "christen" this new one at NTN, I wasn't expecting very much. I was in for a very pleasant surprise! Unlike the other electric saunas I've been in, this sauna is wood fired, and allows you to pour ample amounts of water onto the hot rocks creating a wonderfully steamy environment. Cool water for pouring over ourselves allowed me to control my temperature and stay comfortable throughout the entire session. Instead of getting out because I couldn't take it anymore, I could have stayed there forever! I can't wait for the next time! –Betsy Curtis, Bridgton, Maine
Has anyone told you that they have had a spontaneous, miraculous healing event after the sauna? Well, I did! The combination of gentle yoga and the deep relaxation and purging that happened in the sauna totally released the pain I had in shoulder.–Doreen Casey, Bethel, Maine
Super Sauna Saturday
“Make our sauna your own healing experience.”
Our sauna is now open to the public from 4pm to 8pm on Saturdays from November through April. Walk~ins are always welcome during Super Sauna Saturdays. Experience deep heat and healing in the company of others interested in the same. The cost for this community~style sauna is $15 per person and light refreshments are included. There is a payment box at the sauna and please bring cash or a check made to NTN.
Take advantage of our Sauna Punch Card savings:
Pre-pay for 6 Saturday Saunas and the 7th is free! A great gift to give!
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Private Sauna Appointments
Private appointments are also available year round Thursday-Sunday, based on availability.
Cost for private appointments:
$25 pp for double
$20 pp for 3 or more guests
To book your private sauna appointment: 1-855-207-RETREAT
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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 (cold shower or brook plunge at this time) or bathe at home. Please no alcohol or drugs at our sauna.
What to bring
- Plenty of drinking water
- Face clothe and bath towel
- Dr Bronner’s or other earth-friendly soap for final round. (We usually have soap for sale on site)
- Community saunas on Super Sauna Saturday require bathing suits.
- Private sauna appointments are clothing optional.
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.
Please remember, it is your responsibility to take good care of yourself while in the sauna.
Health Benefits and Considerations for Regular Sauna Usage sourced from the following website: Barrel Sauna.