The right way to work up a sweat

How to sauna correctly

What do I need to know?

Allow approximately 2 hours for a relaxing visit to the sauna. Take the following with you:

  • 2–3 large bath towels
  • pool shoes
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • bathrobe

The procedure:
  • Don’t sauna on a full or empty stomach.
  • First, wash yourself in the shower with soap.
  • Dry yourself well afterwards, as dry skin sweats more quickly. Then wrap yourself naked in your bathrobe.
  • A warm foot bath (3–5 minutes) before the sauna also promotes perspiration.
  • Enter the sauna barefoot, lay out the sauna towel and sit on it (and make sure your feet are on it as well).
  • If you are inexperienced or new to the sauna, sit at a mid-level position. The higher up you sit, the hotter the air. If there is enough room, you can also lie down.
  • You should sit up for the last two minutes so your circulation can adjust to your upright position. Also move your legs a little to stimulate blood flow.
  • Leave the sauna immediately if you feel at all unwell, otherwise after 8–15 minutes.
  • Stretch your legs a little once outside the sauna, in the fresh air if possible – your body now needs oxygen.
  • Take a cold shower.
  • Now immerse yourself in the cold plunge pool. Have a warm foot bath, if you like.
  • Now rest for approx. 10–15 minutes in the relaxation room, fully dried off and wrapped in your robe.
  • Repeat the sauna procedure once or twice.
  • Avoid physical exertion following your sauna.
  • Drink plenty of liquids after your sauna – as your blood vessels will have dilated, alcohol consumption is not advisable (there is a danger of circulatory collapse).