Please read these instructions thoroughly to be sure you are safely using the barrel sauna.  Use of the sauna is at your own risk so please use your best judgement.  We are not able to monitor each guest’s medical conditions & use of the sauna and cannot be responsible for any potential negative reactions or injuries.

Before Using the Sauna

  1. Be in good health and avoid saunas if you have any high-risk medical conditions.  Saunas are considered safe for most users, but some people need to take extra precautions or avoid saunas altogether.  It is your responsibility to ensure the sauna is safe for your personal use.  
  1. Drink plenty of water before going into a sauna.  Saunas cause the body to sweat, and thus lose water.  Because of this, is vital that you stay hydrated.  Avoid drinking alcohol before (and during) using a sauna. 
  1. Take a shower before entering the sauna.  The sauna’s heat will loosen any dirt or sweat on your skin and release it into the air.  Creams and lotions may clog your pores. 
  1. Bring a clean, dry cotton towel or robe to sit on.  This will help keep you clean, as well as protect the benches from body oils.  We provide both in the cabin. 
  1. Do not wear anything dirty or tight-fitting to a sauna, including things that you wore throughout the day.  Clothes pick up lots of dust and dirt throughout the day.  The sauna’s heat will loosen this dirt and release it into the air and onto your skin.  Listed below are things that are not appropriate to bring into a sauna:
  1. Skip on the creams, lotions, and jewelry.  Metal heats up fast in saunas, so while you might go in looking fashionable, you’ll leave with painful burns.  If you have any jewelry, leave it in the cabin.  You also don’t want to wear any creams or lotions.  They will clog up your pores and keep your skin from breathing and sweating.
  2. Be well-rested and don’t go in after a big meal.  If you just ate, wait one to two hours before heading into the sauna. 

Using the Sauna

  1. Don’t go in alone.  Unexpected things can happen, so you always want to have someone with you.
  1. Please wear a bathing suit or robe in the sauna for cleanliness and hygiene considerations. 
  1. Use a lower temperature, especially if you are new to using saunas.  The maximum recommended temperature is 194°F (90°C).  You are in control of the temperature so if it feels too hot, turn down the heater or exit the sauna to cool down. 
  1. Limit your experience to 5 to 15 minutes at the most.  It’s okay to get out sooner if you start to feel uncomfortable.  The human body is not made to withstand such high temperatures for long periods of time.  If you’re new to the sauna experience, start with less time so your body can acclimate. 
  1. Get out immediately if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded.  Don’t try to suck it up and deal with it, or stick it out.  Proving your endurance is not worth passing out in a sauna, which can be very dangerous.  Headaches, nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness are all signs that something is not right.  You should take these signs your body is giving you very seriously and get out.
  1. Do not shave, tweeze, brush your hair, or groom in any way inside the sauna.  Do not leave litter of any kind behind, such as band aids or bobby pins. 
  1. Please be considerate of the other guests staying next door, who may also be interested in using the sauna. 

Barrel Sauna Use

*Plan ahead!  The sauna will need ~30 minutes to fully heat up. 

You may use the sauna in a wet or dry fashion. 

Dry, meaning you do not sprinkle any water onto the stones.  

Wet, meaning you increase the humidity of the room by sprinkling water on the stones.  Please note, not much water is needed to achieve a wet sauna experience.  If water spills through the heater to the floor, you are using too much water.

  1. Find both dials on the bottom of the heater.  Turn the left dial at least halfway or more.  Turn the right dial just until you hear a ‘clunk’ and leave it on the large “1.”  Turning the right dial to the smaller numbers will not work to heat the sauna. 
  2. Wait until the sauna achieves the desired temperature, typically 150+ degrees F, which can be seen on the thermometer inside the sauna opposite the heater.  Novice sauna users may want to start at a lower temperature and increase their high temperature over time. 
  3. Take a quick shower. 
  4. If you’d like a wet sauna experience, fill up the sauna bucket from the outdoor faucet on the side of the house.  
  5. Step into the sauna and enjoy for 5-15 minutes, bringing a towel to sit or lay on.  Enjoy it dry or if you wish, sprinkle water on the stones to increase humidity.  (If water spills through the heater to the floor, you are using too much water.)  Leave the sauna once you are perspiring freely. 
  6. Cool down.  Sit outside or take a cold shower if it is right for your body.  Relax and cool down for 10-20 minutes. 
  7. Step into the sauna again if you wish. 
  8. After your final visit to your sauna, relax for at least 20 minutes.  Shower with warm water initially, finishing with cool water to close your skin pores. 
  9. Prepare to feel refreshed for the day or to have an amazing night’s sleep! 
  10. Whatever your sauna routine, it is imperative that you STAY HYDRATED!  You may also want to eat a salty snack, especially if you sweat a lot.