“The sauna is the poor man’s pharmacy,” a Finnish proverb says. Regular use of a sauna will boost your immune system, rid your body of toxins, improve your circulation and cleanse your skin. Further health benefits include relaxation and relieving stress.
Tips for first-time sauna users
- Remove all clothes and footwear.
- Remove any jewellery, contact lenses or glasses.
- Always shower before entering the sauna.
- Sit or lie on a towel while using the sauna.
- Do not use the sauna on a full stomach.
- Do not use the sauna if you are ill. If in doubt, consult a doctor.
- If you feel faint or unwell, leave the sauna room immediately.
- Keep conversation to a minimum.
- Stay in the sauna for no more than 15 minutes.
- Recover for 20 minutes between sauna sessions.
- After each session, cool off in the fresh air.
- Wash off perspiration with cold water before using the plunge pool.
- Enter the plunge pool gradually. Do not use it if you have high blood pressure.
- Rest and drink plenty of water before beginning the next sauna cycle.
- Enjoy yourself!
In the nude
In Scandinavia, German-speaking countries, the Netherlands and some other European countries, saunas — whether single- or mixed-sex — are used in the nude; in other words, unclothed or naked. In the US, however, nudity is banned in all public places, including saunas. In the UK, Canada and Australia, removing all your clothes is permitted only in single-sex saunas.
Here are some more words that mean “naked”:
If you are in a state of undress (formal) or in your birthday suit (humorous), you are not wearing any clothes. If someone is described as stark naked, this emphasizes that he or she is wearing no clothes at all. You can also say that a person does not have a stitch on or is not wearing a stitch. If a part of your body is not covered by clothes, you can say that it is bare.
In the sauna: vocabulary
Click the hotspots in the image to discover the vocabulary. You will find a list with translations below.