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The 'baking' of a person in a hot steamy room to stimulate diaphoresis, circulation, immunity, nervous system, skin, etc.
Contraindications Cardiovascular disease, children
Complications Collapse, death


(so′nă) [Finnish]
An enclosure in which a person is exposed to moderate to very high temperatures and often high humidity, produced by water poured on heated stones. A stay in the sauna may be followed by a cool bath or shower. Sauna water is not sterile and may contain harmful microorganisms, including yeasts and molds. Even though the sauna has no proven benefits in preventing illnesses or promoting fitness, the regimen does help to promote relaxation, relieve aches and pains, and loosen stiff joints.


Saunas are not advised for those with fever, those who are dehydrated, or those who are unable to sweat. Those who have recently used alcohol or have participated in strenuous exercise should not use a sauna. If soft tissue has been traumatized in the past 24 to 48 hr, the sauna should not be used. Prolonged exposure to the sauna may be dangerous due to induced hyperthermia, dehydration, and renal failure.


n full-body dry heat treatment. Benefits include relaxation, perspiration, and cleansing. See also thermotherapy.
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A special relaxation area offers drinks and soothing teas while steam baths, a dry sauna and whirlpools offer a way to rejuvenate after a good workout.
The estate home was built in 2002 and some of the many features include 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with dining area and sitting/sun room, formal dining room, sunken family room, library, huge master bedroom suite with a see-thru fireplace, fully wired media room, wine cellar, exercise room with a dry sauna, whole house generator, hardwood floors, and Granite counters.
Back on the ground floor, a staircase from the hallway descends to the lower ground floor leisure complex, which includes a gym, wet and dry saunas, and a large garden room with tiled floor and walls with a large hot tub, with connecting double doors to the pool room containing a lined heated swimming pool with stone tiled sitting areas and arched windows.
Typically a super sento has 15 to 20 different types of baths, including Jacuzzi tubs and steam and dry saunas.
Swedish massage, aromatherapy, facials, dry saunas and other pick-me-ups available.
To detoxify our bodies, she advocates that women take regular cleansing dry saunas, like the Finnish do.
There are both physical and emotional benefits associated with the use of dry saunas including easier breathing, detoxification, enhanced concentration and circulation.
To ensure guest relaxation and well-being, the hotel will boast a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 3,300 square foot Spa with dry saunas, steaming rooms, and a relaxation pool.
The development will be situated in an area of approximately 70 thousand square meters, and its infrastructure will include a restaurant with wine cellar, a kids club, lounge, space for small conventions, a pool, poolside bar, fitness center and even a wonderful complete spa, with wet and dry saunas, hydromassage, massage rooms and beauty treatment rooms.
The hotel's Rive Spa features five private spa treatment rooms, a large whirlpool area, wet and dry saunas and a private outdoor relaxation area with jogging path for those visiting during the warmer months.
The spa's upgraded locker rooms boast rich mahogany wood, redesigned whirlpools, wet and dry saunas, flat screen televisions and amenity bars.