Our neighbours have a sauna.
Our neighbours are really nice people. He's from Germany, she's from Russia. If i go over to plow their yard in the winter, some sort of baking usually beats me home. It was from them that we got our, English as a second language dog. She's not really a bad little dog, aside from her thick eastern block accent and her thoughts of world domination.
Anyways, having a sauna is a very European thing to do i guess. I've mentioned to him that i like hot tubing, but that doesn't really interest him. They do the sauna thing. He built it himself and did quite a nice job. He's invited me over a few times to sauna with him.
There's a bit of procedure to doing the sauna correctly. You go in for about 20 minutes. That's as much as i can stand. You have to get out before you start to get light headed. Then, you sit out of the sauna for 15-20 minutes, cooling down and dehydrating then back in for another round. The second time in, you can only stay about 15 minutes, then back out, and once again, back a third time for, maybe 10 minutes. If you do it correctly, you feel relaxed and tired. If you overdo it, you end up with a nasty headache and feel nauseous. I've experienced both.
When we're in there, we each have a tub full of cool water with us. It's used to dip from and pour cool water onto ourselves. When he splashes water onto the rocks and it gets so hot in there that you can't even breath, you can scoop water into your hands and dip you face into it. If you hold your nose and mouth as close to the cool water that you can without actually sucking it into your lungs, it makes it easier to get a breath.
Sometimes, when you are out of the sauna cooling off, you can run out and roll around in the snow. I know......this is supposed to be a relaxing thing, but it's not so bad. I tried it. You go directly from the snow, back into the sauna. You get a sort of prickly thing happen to your skin., although that might just be frost bite? Another odd thing they do is, while you are in the heat, you can whack yourself, all over your body with a bundle of sapling branches. It's supposed to help to open up your pores. I didn't do that. It looked a wee bit uncomfortable.
I'm pretty sure that the proper way to experience the sauna is to be in there in the nude. I don't mind nudity. I've been known to wander around the house at times in my all together. I'm just not all that comfortable sitting there chatting with my neighbour when my bits are hanging out. Even though i'm pretty sure when i'm not there, it's leave your clothing at the door. He's been good about letting me wear my bathing suit when i'm there. He's a good fellow, but we're not THAT close.
..............i've considered bringing a few beers along to help keep me cool in the sauna but i'm not sure i know him well enough. Although, we do sit there sweating together with a thin layer of bathing suit away from having our junk hanging out, i probably know him better than some of my other neighbours.