How often do you sauna and what is your routine when you visit Loyly?
I try to sauna a minimum of once a week. I usually start in the sauna for 15-20 minutes and then take a cool rinse off. I drink as much water and tea and I can handle, I think we lose more fluids than it seems like during sauna. I take the opportunity to read an essay or short story while I’m cooling off. After my 2nd or 3rd round, sometimes I’ll do a cleansing face mask. I feel best after doing 4 rounds of sauna / cooling.
It took a couple of saunas for me to understand the appeal. I first learned to love sauna at my friend’s house in the country. She has a good, old-fashioned wood-fired sauna and a clawfoot bathtub to cool off in. There is nothing better to me than lying in freezing cold water comfortably, feeling your heart beating throughout your entire body, and looking up at the stars. One of life’s stranger and greatest pleasures, indeed.
How does sauna improve your life?
Sauna is like a restart button for me. I find that things are less of a big deal after a sauna, my coping skills improve. It burns bad moods, negativity and stored-up stress right out of me. I love the slowed-down, contemplative aspect, it’s very meditative. Things that feel overwhelming are somehow less of a big deal after sauna. I feel like I have just gone on a long run, and I always sleep really well. Food tastes better. I am nicer. The benefits for me go on and on…..