I enjoy taking a sauna at the gym from time to time, but sometimes I really wonder about the other people in the sauna.
Really needed… Public Sauna Etiquette
It seems that a lot of people have no proper understanding on what to do and not to do in a sauna. Partly it seems nobody told them how to behave and as there is no information in the gym about it (Hello Virgin Active: This is a client idea for an improvement!).
So in the last 6 years I saw some strange stuff happening and I would like to share the No-no’s with you and also the right way to take a sauna.
I would call it public sauna etiquette.
- Take a shower before you go in the sauna, please…
- Do not come totally wet in the sauna
- Bring a towel to sit on; your underwear are not really made for this
- Do not wear wet underwear or jogging pants in the sauna (really!!)
- Do not run out every 2 minutes to have a cold shower and only to come back in again
- Close the freaking door when you enter or leave the sauna
- Do not pour water every 30 seconds on the oven; it is a sauna not a steam bath
- Try not to impress me with tattoos, genital piercings or other strange body art. I have seen it all and I am difficult to impress
- Do not scratch your balls or other body party continuously. I you have fleas or itchy skin diseases stay home.
- If you have strong cough, please do not enter the sauna, I do not want your TB
- If you are gay, I am fine with it, but do not try to use the gym sauna as dating platform, because I am not gay
- If you have wind or have eaten garlic the day before… stay home
- Leave your electronics outside; I am sure the sauna isn’t good for your mobile phone
- If you are going to talk, please do it quietly. No one wants to know the stories of you last night out
- The sauna is not a clothes dryer. So do not put you towels in there to dry…
- If the cockroaches like the sauna it is a) not clean and b) not hot enough…
And here are the steps on how to take a sauna the right way.
- Take a shower to remove bacteria that can reproduce quickly in hot environments. Don’t wash your hair, you will do it later. Make sure to dry yourself well.
- Enter the sauna and stay in for approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Get out of the sauna, take a cold shower, and take a brisk walk.
- Take another cold shower, starting with your legs, then your arms, then step under the shower completely.
- Rest for at least 20 minutes before re-entering the sauna. You should feel warm and relaxed, but not hot or sweaty. During this time you can also take a warm foot bath.
- Re-enter the sauna for about 10-15 more minutes.
- In all you should do three sauna cycles complete with walks, cold showers/baths and rest.
Let us know in the comments section what things have happened to you in the sauna.