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  • Where to find us
    The sauna is located at 1027 Union Street. Parking: Street parking is available on Union Street between Centerpoint Drive and Portage Street. Check in: Make your way to the geodesic dome. Wait there for your sauna host to check you in for your session.
  • What to expect
    When you arrive, make your way back to the geodesic dome. A sauna host will greet you and get you checked in. You’ll be shown where to place your belongings and how to access the bathrooms inside Farmshed if needed. Please arrive wearing your swimsuit. Next, the host will show you how to enter the hot room and make recommendations for how long to stay in the hot room. You will cycle through rounds of entering the hot room, cooling down via a combination of cooler air temps and water, resting, and then entering the hot room again. We can’t give you a set number of minutes because every body, mind, and response is different. We will instead give you tips on how to tune in to yourself and know when you need what. Hint: this is a skill that applies to all aspects of your life!
  • What to Wear
    While saunas are traditionally taken in the nude, we are definitely still at swimsuit status here in the midwest. We want you to be comfortable, so know that metal clasps on swimsuits can get hot. Please arrive wearing your swimsuit.
  • What to Bring
    • A pair of slip-on sandals/shoes • A water bottle • Two towels • A robe is either a luxury item or a necessity depending on who you ask;) We say bring one! What NOT to Bring Pack light and leave any valuables at home. There are no lockers on-site and limited space for keeping your personal items. Nordic Night is not responsible for any items that are brought with you to your session.
  • Prepare with hydration
    In order to end up feeling good, it is critically important to hydrate before, during, and after your sauna session. We recommend 0.5 liters (16 ounces) of water BEFORE you show up to sauna. We’ll take care of your hydration needs once you are here.
  • Accessibility
    The entrance to the sauna is a series of 3 small steps with a single handrail. The interior of the sauna is an intimate space that requires participants to have the ability to maintain balance while walking into the sauna and getting onto and off of the benches. If you have limited mobility or any concern about your ability to safely navigate steps, uneven surfaces, or benches without handrails, please reach out to us in advance. We are always happy to work together to determine if the space is accessible for you and if modifications can be made. Please contact us if you have questions.
  • Community Sauna Rules and Guiding Principles
    1. This is a safe and welcoming environment for all. You leave your belongings and most of your clothing at the door, and with it you are invited to leave anything else that is not serving you or your community. As the Finnish proverb states, all humans are equal, but nowhere more so than in a sauna. Both you and your neighbors on the sauna bench are worthy of love, dignity, and respect. Remember you are in a shared space. 2. No phones in the sauna! If you want a photo, your sauna host is happy to snap one of you and/or your group outside the sauna or through the window. Go for it! Most jewelry and hair clips should also be removed before entering the sauna. Rings tend to do fine, but metal necklace pieces on your neck will get too hot to the touch and most other hair clips and accessories will potentially warp. 3. All guests will be required to sit on a towel while in the sauna. No body lotions or oils are to be used on the skin before your session. These measures help maintain the integrity of the sauna surfaces. 4. Absolutely no food is allowed in the sauna. We recommend leaving your water bottle outside of the hot room. 5. Alcohol and sauna do not mix well. Never drink before, and if you choose to drink after, hydrate excessively. Sauna requires a level of awareness that being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs impairs. If you are noticeably under the influence of any kind, you will be asked to reschedule your sauna session to keep yourself and others safe. 6. Close the door after you’ve entered the sauna. Please do not stand half in half out. 7. Take your towel with you after each round and consider selecting a new seat upon re-entry. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to experience different seats in the sauna. It’s good to know that the top bench is considerably hotter than the lower bench. 8. The sauna host is always willing to help answer questions and help you gauge how long to stay in the sauna. That said, you should always exit the sauna if you feel nauseous, lightheaded, or dizzy. Feelings of being “too hot,” mildly to moderately anxious, uncomfortable, or claustrophobic are a welcome opportunity to breathe through and start to modulate that response. Your guide can help. 9. Stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), Shortness of breath, Fever or chills, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell. We will work with you to reschedule your sauna session. Thank you for creating a comfortable and safe space for all.
  • Cancelation/Reschedule Policies and Instructions
    Need to cancel or reschedule a session? Cancellations made more than 24 hours before a reservation will receive a refund. Follow the steps below- Search for the confirmation email in your inbox. Once selected, you will see links that say “Change booking | Cancel booking” located just above the "Next Step" section in green near the top of the email. Click the link and follow the instructions as prompted. Cancellations made 24 hours or less before a reservation will not be refunded.

How to Sauna

What to expect and how to prepare for your sauna experience

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