Sauna & Steam Room Management

When used properly, saunas and steam rooms can withstand decades of use with minimal issues. Unfortunately, in a large number of commercial facilities in the USA club members are often unfamiliar with how to use a sauna properly - and the typical club owner may be unsure of how to best care for their sauna and steam room with such heavy use.



Emily Attwood details the common member issues owners face and advice from industry experts on how these can best be addressed in this article from Athletic Business.

Infrared vs Traditional Saunas


Traditional saunas provide a high heat, low humidity environment. Temperatures range between 80° C to 90°C (185° F to 195° F). Water can be splashed over the heater rocks to create a blast of hyper steam and intensify the feeling of heat. For those who enjoy this experience, there is nothing in the world quite like it.

Infrared saunas provide a milder environment than the traditional saunas. Infrared rays primarily heat the body directly and the air secondarily. For those who enjoy the "heat bath" experience, but cannot take or do not enjoy traditional saunas, infrared is an excellent alternative.

It is important to keep in mind that the experience is not the same. Many people who have experienced and enjoyed traditional saunas inquire about infrared saunas thinking it will be the same. Infrared saunas provide a very enjoyable experience, but are different from a traditional sauna. If you know and love traditional saunas, you should research additional information beyond the claims of infrared vendors.

Below are some of the oft made claims, explained in more detail: