- Read the sign and follow the rules. If you are in a co-ed sauna then more than likely you are not able to be nude so, just follow the rules and wear a bathing suit.
- Watch your volume. If you’re in a public sauna, it’s traditionally a communal place for meditation and relaxation purposes, and this means silence. If you have to talk while you’re in the sauna, keep your volume as quiet as possible. There are always ladies who are talking so loudly at my spa and it takes away from the experience so always be mindful.
- Bring an extra towel but don't pile them up and hog them all. You’ll usually wear your first towel while you’re in the sauna (if it’s not a naked sauna or if you prefer going naked) and you’ll sit or lay on your second. Most likely you will need a 3rd towel once you are done because the others will be soaked but there is no need to bring in all your towels into the sauna.
- Do pick up your towels after yourself. I hate seeing towels just thrown on the floor...it's gross. Be considerate to other people and to the spa staff and pick up after yourself.
- Shower before you enter. Before you get into the sauna, take a short shower or at least rinse off. This will help you get rid of any body odors, sweat, or bacteria that may be clinging to you. You want to go into the sauna clean.
- Hold the door for a very long time for someone. Every time someone opens the door, steam is released and the sauna’s temperature goes down. When you leave or come in, do so quickly and close the door to prevent steam from escaping.
- Be rude. Treat the sauna and everyone in it with respect. It’s not a right to be in here, and you can be tossed out for being rude, disruptive, or rowdy.
- Bring in your electronics inside. If you bring your electronics into the sauna, you run the risk of them getting damaged by the steam and the moisture. They’re also a quick way to annoy the other people in the sauna with the noise if you start playing games or talking.
- Groom yourself...I feel like this is obvious but for some it's not. A sauna isn’t a bathroom, and it is considered to be very bad sauna etiquette to brush your teeth, brush your hair, or shave while you’re in there. Again, it creates an unsanitary environment for the rest of the people in the sauna as well as yourself.
- Work out. People go into a sauna to relax and enjoy the quiet atmosphere. It’s not a place to work out because any noises you may make while doing so can be distracting. If you can’t sit still and enjoy the quiet, it’s best to leave.
- Spread yourself out. If you want to steam in the nude then that's fine but you don't have to lie down with your legs spread open. This isn't your own personal steam room.
- Use up the entire space. There is always a lady that comes in and uses the entire bench to spread out and places her flip flops on another bench. She literally takes up half of the sauna which is unfair to the rest of the patrons.
- Steam for 10-15 minutes but don't stay longer than 20 minutes.
- Always listen to your body and leave when you have to.
- Drink lots of water before and after your steam.
- Don't have a big meal before steaming. If you do then wait an hour.
- Not attire is the best attire (if you are not in a co-ed steam room and there are no restrictions). Less is definitely more for an effective steam bath. I don't wear a bathing suit but I wrap a towel around myself loosely so my skin can still breathe. Let your skin be exposed freely.
- The most effective way to steam is to shower, steam, cool down, then steam and cool down again. Your body basically has to go from hot to cool for your muscles to relax.
- The difference between a dry and hot sauna is that the dry sauna is typically adorned with wooden walls whereas the steam sauna is built with glass walls or tile. he dry sauna contains a stove to create heat whereas the steam sauna has an external steam generator. You may have a preference to dry vs. wet but they both reduce muscle tension, promoting relaxation and general well-being. The heat helps improve circulation and, of course, promotes sweating, which opens up the pores and cleanses the skin. Steam rooms may be more comfortable for people with allergies or congestion in the chest or sinuses. Saunas are the better choice for people with conditions that can be aggravated by humidity, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Last tip (which may seem obvious). Always shower after your steam and wash your face. This is important for anytime you workout or sweat. Even after the gym, if I want to run home to shower, I always still wash my face before running out. You don't want the sweat to clog your pores and cause you to breakout. Get to the shower as soon as you can.