Learn About Our Saunas

We offer several saunas including Almost Heaven Outdoor Barrel Saunas, Solide Hariva Saunas, Cabin Saunas, Precut, and Custom Saunas. Our offerings include traditional, wet/dry, and authentic saunas that deliver an exceptional sauna experience. Whether heated with infrared, electric, or wood, saunas will get hot, creating a “dry” sauna. Sprinkling water on the hot rocks creates a “wet” sauna due to the substantial moisture that engulfs the room in the form of steam.[1]

While there are many ways to construct a sauna, barrel saunas are manufactured exclusively from solid lumber without the use of laminates or non-wood materials. Additionally, they’re built with Western red cedar, the choicest of sauna wood due to the texture, color and aroma the lumber provides. Red cedar is an excellent insulator due to the porous nature of the wood, and thick red cedar staves make saunas extremely energy efficient.[1]

Our saunas are unique in that solid wood construction is applied to both indoor traditional saunas and outdoor barrel saunas. All of our saunas are constructed with minimal fasteners and are designed to withstand the substantial temperature fluctuations in a sauna in all types of weather.

Barrel saunas are hand-built in the U.S.A and the quality of workmanship is evident in every detail. Regardless of the size, shape or type of sauna you purchase, you can be confident of the quality and performance that are inherent in every sauna we build.[1]

Cognitive and Mental Health Benefits

Sauna bathing, an activity that has been a tradition in Finland for thousands of years and mainly used for the purposes of pleasure and relaxation, is becoming increasingly popular in many other populations. Emerging evidence suggests that beyond its use for pleasure, sauna bathing may be linked to several health benefits, which include reduction in the risk of vascular diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and neurocognitive diseases; nonvascular conditions such as pulmonary diseases; mortality; as well as amelioration of conditions such as arthritis, headache, and flu. The beneficial effects of sauna bathing on these outcomes have been linked to its effect on circulatory, cardiovascular, and immune functions. It has been postulated that regular sauna bathing may improve cardiovascular function via improved endothelium-dependent dilatation, reduced arterial stiffness, modulation of the autonomic nervous system, beneficial changes in circulating lipid profiles, and lowering of systemic blood pressure.[2]

Figure 2: Pleiotropic effects (proposed mechanistic pathways) of Finnish sauna baths. CRP = C-reactive protein; HDL-C = high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C = low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; NO = nitric oxide; ROS = reactive oxygen species; TC = total cholesterol.[2]

Regular Finnish sauna baths are associated with a decrease in circulating levels of inflammatory markers such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, and leukocytes at baseline and long-term follow-up.[2]

Traditionally, sauna baths have been used for the purposes of pleasure and relaxation, which evidently reduce the stresses of everyday life. In addition, several mechanistic pathways have been proposed to underlie the effects of sauna bathing on vascular and nonvascular disease conditions. Evidence suggests that the responses produced by an ordinary sauna bath correspond to those produced by moderate- or high-intensity physical activity such as walking.[2]

References:

  1. “Saunas 101, Learn About Saunas” Almost Heaven Saunas
  2. Laukkanen, Jari A., Tanjaniina Laukkanen, and Setor K. Kunutsor. Cardiovascular and Other Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing: A Review of the Evidence Mayo Clinic Proceedings 93, no. 8 (August 2018): 1111–21. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.04.008.