How to Create a Sauna Environment in a Bathroom

The sauna was invented in Finland hundreds of years ago and is used to this day to maintain good health and hygiene and provide relief for aching muscles and congestion. Many fitness clubs, gyms and spas offer saunas in their facilities, but they can be expensive. This article will teach you how to create a sauna environment in a bathroom.

Steps

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    Choose a bathroom to use as a sauna. You should choose the smallest room, because it will trap the heat and steam better than a larger room.
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    Soak a washcloth in cold water for safety reasons. It should be easy to reach in case you start feeling too hot or lightheaded.
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    Close the doors to the bathroom. Look around the bathroom for cracks where steam can escape or cold air can come in.
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    Use towels and heavy drapes to cover these areas. Remember to cover your windows so cold air does not leak in from outside during cold weather.
    • You can roll up towels and place them at the bottom of the door if unrolled ones do not reach the crack at the bottom of the door.
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    Close or plug your bathtub drain and turn on the hot water. You should have the hot side turned as far as it can go. You can also do this for a shower instead of a bathtub.
    • Close your shower curtain or shower enclosure door to trap in as much heat and steam as possible to create a sauna atmosphere.
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    Turn off the water after 15 minutes or when your tub is about half full and pull back the curtain.
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    Sit next to the tub and enjoy the steam that has filled the room for 15 to 20 minutes. You can lean over slightly to inhale steam that may be coming off the water of a filled tub.
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    Use the washcloth to cool your skin periodically when you need it. Take a lukewarm or cool shower afterward to gradually lower your body temperature.

Warnings

  • Drink plenty of water before and after your sauna experience. Saunas and steam rooms can cause dehydration very quickly.
  • Leave the room if you start feeling very dizzy or lightheaded. The heat in these environments can cause fainting.
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol while in a sauna. You may not realize you are becoming overheated. If you are taking prescription drugs, discuss using heat or steam rooms with your doctor.
  • Pregnant women and people with heart problems should consult with their doctors before using commercial or homemade saunas.

Things You'll Need

  • Towels and/or drapes
  • Washcloth
  • Bathtub plug

Article Info

Categories: Bathing