Rules of sauna

  • For hygiene and safety reasons in the sauna area is it obligatory to ware flip-flops. Before you enter in the sauna cabin leave the sandals in front of it, because rubber materials can disintegrate and footwear used can give off unpleasant odours due to the heat.
  • No towel in the Roman steam bath: The humidity in the Roman steam bath encourages the transmission of bacteria and unpleasant odours. Instead of a towel the use of simple rubber mats is allowed, which are more hygienic and can be washed.
  • Always enter the sauna cabin with bath towel: for hygiene reasons, or rather to ensure that sweat is not deposited on the wood. There exist special sauna towels with the right dimensions of 180*60 cm.
  • No swimwear in the sauna: The dispersion of heat in the sauna cabin must reach the skin without any barriers and, in addition, the sweat must be allowed to evaporate freely. Apart from anything else, it is neither pleasant nor hygienic to sweat with a swimming costume on, probably made of synthetic fibre. To preserve your intimacy in the sauna it is recommended that a cotton towel be used.
  • After being cooled in cold water the body must warm up again, in order to avoid colds. Bathrobe and woollen socks help the warming up phase
  • Take you time for the sauna visit, at least 2-3 hours. Haste and pressing engagements are the sworn enemies of the sauna
  • Never enter when you are hungry, but neither on a full stomach.
  • Take a shower before coming into the sauna and dry yourself well. Dry skin sweats better.
  • Come into the sauna while your body is still warm: a hot footbath promotes sweating.
  • Stay in the sauna for 10-15 minutes, according to your sensitivity. Short intense sessions are preferable to long and lukewarm ones.
  • The cooling down phase should last as long as the heating up phase.
  • Cooling down phase: first of all cool down the airways. Take a cold-water shower starting from the arms and legs and continue with the back and upper body, i.e. from the extremities towards the heart. Lastly, wet your head to avoid headache. Then, sink into the tub or in the Kneipp baths, until you start to shiver slightly.
  • At this point warm up your body again with hot footbaths up to the ankles and cover up well with woollen socks and a bathrobe.
  • The relaxation phase should last at least half an hour, to allow the body to revive itself.
  • 2-3 sessions in the sauna are more than enough. Continuity is what matters: 1-2 times a week, even in summer, are good for the health and have a positive effect on the body.
  • To prevent unwanted reactions on the circulation, after the sauna any sports activity is ill advised, while massages are instead ideal.