What can I do wrong when taking a sauna?

The answer to this question is as complex as what you can do right. Basic rules for visiting the sauna apply in the public sauna and in the private area. After all, taking a sauna is just as effective as the right behaviour before, during and after it. In the following we will show you the mistakes that are often made before, during and after a sauna session.

Wrong: Eat something quickly, drink a lot and then go to the sauna. After all, no one should suffer from hunger or thirst if they are already sweating without work.

Correct: Do not go to the sauna on a full stomach. For healthy sweating the body needs an unstressed circulation. If you have filled your stomach properly before going to the sauna, a lot of blood is needed for digestion. Under the influence of heat, dizziness or even slight fainting can be the result. You should also only drink in moderation and in small sips. You should not eat or drink while sweating.

Wrong:Time is running out, but you should have enough for a sauna now. So run to the sauna and then quickly into the sweat cabin.

Right:The sauna should be relaxing. This already applies to the preparation. Plan enough time, go to the sauna relaxed and without time pressure and take your time for the right preparation for your sauna session. The first way is not to go to the sweat cabin, but to take a shower after changing clothes.

Wrong:Time is money! Take off your clothes and quickly go to the sauna stark naked. After all, you want to sweat and you have nothing to hide.

Right: Even now, there is power in silence. Undress slowly, use a sauna towel in the public sauna and at least one towel at home. On the one hand you should not sit directly on the hot wood of the sauna benches, on the other hand it is a matter of consideration for others not to present yourself completely in the Adam's costume. As is well known, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. So at least cover the pubic area. Also in terms of hygiene, a little more covering is better than nothing. And you will certainly sweat under the sauna towel.

Wrong:The best thing is to sit on the upper bench. There you get most of the heat and save time during the sauna.

Right:A gradual ascent in the sauna is recommended. This gives your body the opportunity to gradually adjust to the special temperature conditions in the sauna. Work your way up from bottom to top. By the way, in a well-tempered sauna the temperature differences are not that big. It only gets really hot at the top during the sauna infusion, because the water vapour first rises to the top and then slowly sinks. Incidentally, a sauna session only makes sense if it is long enough. This applies to both the top and bottom of the sauna. A good sauna session takes 10 to 15 minutes in the sweat cabin alone. Then there are the cooling and recovery phases. In total, a complete sauna session takes about half an hour. A repetition of two to three times is recommended.

Wrong: Stay in the sweat cabin for half an hour, that increases the effect. And nobody needs a cool down to sweat anyway.

Right:A sweating session in the sauna should not last longer than 15 minutes. Anything else puts an excessive strain on the circulation and destroys the positive effect of the sauna. The art of taking the right sauna consists in a well-balanced relationship between sweating phases, cooling phases and recovery times. A lot does not always help a lot.

Wrong:Maintaining contacts is fun. That's why I talk to everyone in the sauna. For me it is pure relaxation.

Right:For others your topics of conversation may not be relaxing. Even talkative types can keep their cool in the sauna. Ultimately, the sauna should be relaxing and restful for all users. And calmness and concentration on your own body are also part of proper healthy sweating. Ongoing conversations and diligent contact are usually disturbing. Do not make yourself unpopular and postpone your chatting mood until after the sauna. You will have plenty of time and opportunity to do so with a light snack and a cool drink.

Wrong:Nobody can refuse a sip of honour. You should drink a lot in the sauna. And beer contains a lot of minerals that keep my mineral balance stable.

Right:In the sauna itself there should be no drinking at all. And certainly no alcohol at all. Even though beer contains minerals and lots of calories, it is certainly not the right isotonic sauna drink. Furthermore, glass bottles should be taboo in the entire sauna area. Drink at best in the rest area or in the break area. Do not drink alcohol there either, but preferably water with a high mineral content.

Wrong:Cleanliness is important. A good shower bath brings my skin to its optimum condition after the hot sauna.

Right:Even though a cold shower after the sauna is highly recommended, you can confidently do without any shower additives. After a properly conducted sauna session, your skin will feel better than ever before. The skin is now clean down to the pores and needs no soaps, creams or scented water. The natural balance of your skin has been restored by taking a sauna. You can also feel this in the much softer grip.

Wrong:Now let's go. The sweating, cooling and resting took long enough and my bus is leaving right away. Haste is called for.

Correct:Even after the sauna, take enough time for the journey home and the time afterwards. Nothing is dumber now than haste and haste. Also relax after the sauna and give your body and mind time to slowly get back to everyday life. This way you will get more out of the sauna.

Wrong:There is nothing like a complete day of wellness. So after the sauna I use the hot herbal bath and then sit down in the well heated whirlpool.

Correct:After the extensive sauna, no further heat treatments should follow. Only after a break of several hours other heat treatments are useful. Consider the sauna as the wellness highlight of the day. Perhaps you will complete your sauna session with a massage or a good film afterwards. In this way you give your body more opportunity to regenerate and switch to everyday life. Not the mass is important, but the quality.

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