Did you ever enter a Spa and feel disoriented, as you don’t know what to wear and how to behave in a sauna? The most frequent questions might be <Should I use a towel?> or <Should I keep my slippers on?> or <Why have I to stay naked in there?>.
Many people don’t know that Finnish sauna was invented to face the difficult Scandinavian weather conditions. People in that region needed to get warm and to wash in a warm environment. Thanks to the great availability of wood the Finnish people began to build the saunas to meet and spend some time together in a welcoming location.
What to wear in a sauna
So, what is the most adequate garment in a sauna to better enjoy your wellness path?
First of all, the swimsuit is not the best choice. The temperature in a sauna reaches approximately 80-100 °C with a humidity rate of 10/20 % so unhealthy substances contained in the swimsuit synthetic fabric can be released. The dry heat favours the body sweating and, in this phase, it is better not to wear tight or sweaty garments, previously used in the swimming-pools of the Spa as they contain chlorine. Moreover, it is quite common to see women in sauna wearing wired bikinis that get scorching in a while; therefore, getting them annoyed in a place where they should get relaxed.
How can we do if we don’t like to stay naked?
The best alternative is the Peshtemal, a cloth that started to be used almost 600 years ago in Anatolia to wrap the body up in the hammams. Its practicality made it the garment for saunas, steam baths and heat baths. The ancient Turkish tradition required hand-woven Peshtemals and their colours had to represent the user’s original region.
The Peshtemal is thin, light, easy to dry and highly absorbent, made of cotton, linen or bamboo to make the user feel fresh and comfortable in warm locations like the sauna. Its natural and breathable fiber allows you better enjoy the heat benefits. That’s why Peshtemal is a smart solution to not stay naked, respect the others and the hygiene rules.
Not only. You can use the Peshtemal also during the following cold reactions and take it off in the relax areas only, as you will wrap up in a warm and dry bathrobe.
How to get the most of your sauna
We enter a sauna to sweat and to let our body release toxins, so why don’t we help it do that in the best conditions?
No necklaces, rings, glasses of any materials and forms as they may overheat and cause unpleasant skin irritations.
You need to wash your whole body – and face – with warm water and neutral soap to let the skin pores open, release impurities and to drain more toxins through the sweat.
Once dried and before entering the sauna, remember to take your slippers off.
Have you found a towel in your Spa bag? Yes, let’s use it. Place it on the sauna bench and lie or sit down on it. Your body and feet must stay on the towel not to come into contact with the wood as your sweat may ruin it and make the wood surface less hygienic.
Did you know that Nordic people wear a hat too? This way they protect their head from the heat by lowering the overheating, so they can stay in up to 12-15 minutes. When you are sitting, the perceived heat increases of 8-10 °C from feet to head.
A curious thing for women; the sauna hat sauna helps to protect your hair from the intense heat and leave it soft and moisturized.
A suggestion for you! If you have never entered a sauna or if you don’t like high temperatures, sit down on the lowest bench available. The heat will be less intense and you will enjoy your sauna experience much more.
What to do after a sauna
It is time to come out.
Stand up slowly, come out and immediately have a cold shower to remove the extra sweat. To make this sensation even longer, try one of the more intense cold reactions available. This way your body, immediately after a temperature rising, will get back to 37 °C and you will be ready to go to the relax area and have a delicious herbal tea to rehydrate.