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  • Writer's pictureNicola McCabe

Warm Welcome to Our New Wood-fired Saunas

Can you believe it? Earlier in the year we presented you with two new state-of-the-art, thoroughly modern design Hydro hot tubs. Now, we've got two more wonderful, wood-fired products for you. With a slightly modern take on a very traditional design, ladies and gentlemen Hot Tubs In France proudly presents Therme and Haapa luxury garden sauna huts!

Quality Controls

It's all been a bit of a mad rush recently. We were very interested in adding these good-looking saunas to our range but weren't sure of delivery dates. So we didn't want to build up your hopes if we couldn't guarantee delivery times, because that goes against our ethos of providing our customers with the best of everything; products, delivery, installation, advice and most importantly, our 5* Customer Service. The saunas themselves have undergone rigorous Cotswold Eco Tub quality control tests, so we know they're a fantastic addition to our range. You asked so we've got them for you!

All Systems GO!

Then, a couple of weeks ago we got the news we'd been waiting for.. and it's all systems go for our steamy saunas Therme and Haapa (the pointy leaf shape one in the picture). I can't describe how relieved I am to share the news with you all. From the day we received the call and placed an order for four of these fabulous sauna huts I've been like buzzing about like a buzzy thing; Tim has been incredibly patient but now seems to spending more time than usual in his workshop. That's not necessarily a bad thing though because (in between hot tub deliveries) I've been very busily searching and scrutinising our competitors wood-fired sauna offerings. And guess what? There's no competition! The Cotswold saunas are a seriously high standard - from the efficient Harvia wood-burning heater, to the hand-finish exterior cladding. Only the best materials and manufacturing processes go into these saunas and yet they are also fantastic value for money.

Family Christmas Sauna

The Finns invented the sauna over 2000 years ago and there are now more saunas in Finland than there are cars (I know which one I'd rather sit in). So, understandably there are going to be several long-standing traditions. In fact, in Finland, spending some quality family time in the sauna is a Christmas Eve tradition. This festive custom goes back to the Finnish believe that the spirits of their ancestors live on in the saunas of their homes. Therefore the families pay their respects to them every Christmas Eve by having a long silent sauna together. I'm not sure if that's a tradition that will catch on here in France, but then I'm all for making my own family traditions, such as hot tub parties for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, New Year, etc.

Sauna Culture in Finland

A world without a sauna would be a very miserable place to a Finn. Some are born in a sauna (this is a fact), and almost everyone will grow up using either the family sauna or visiting private and public saunas. Everyone is equal, arguing is not allowed and for most Finns they go in completely naked. You're allowed to wear a swimsuit if you're a little bit shy, but in some places swimwear is not allowed. So if you visit Finland and are planning to visit a sauna be sure to check before you go. That's why I think it's better to have a private home sauna and make your own rules!

Sauna Health Benefits

As with most centuries old bathing rituals, the reasons behind them are based around physical and mental wellness and the steam sauna is no different. Recent studies suggest that sauna therapy has numerous health benefits and can help improve:

  • Cardiovascular health problems

  • Autoimmune, chronic pain, and fatigue conditions

  • Mental health

  • Exercise performance and metabolism

  • Detoxification

In the same way as being out in the sun, or doing some light exercise, using a sauna increases your body temperature and heart rate. This in turn dilates the blood vessels, increases blood flow, and lowers your blood pressure. But as with anything that can increase or lower blood pressure, if you're not sure, have a chat with your doctor before taking the plunge. And that goes for saunas and hot tubs.

Using Wood-fired Saunas

The more traditional Finnish-style saunas use wood-burners for heating. Electric versions are also available, and apparently you can also get a gas-fired one too. With a wood-fired sauna, you’ll want to get the boiler going 30-60 minutes before you plan to use it, (depending on the temperature outside). So while you’re waiting for it to heat up, you can prepare your towels, flip-flops and clean clothes to wear afterwards.

Traditionally, sauna bathing is done in the nude, sitting on a towel. But, if you are shy or sharing your sauna experience with friends, wrap the towel around you or wear a swimsuit. Assuming it's your sauna then it's your rules! The process for sauna bathing is very similar wherever you are:

  1. Rinse. Quick shower before you go in, to remove any lotions, deodorant, perfume etc.

  2. Warm up. Grab your towel, go inside, sit down and simply enjoy the warmth. Don't feel that you have to stay in the sauna for hours on end. Start with shorter sessions and build it up to whatever feels comfortable for you. It's not a competition to see who can bear the heat the longest! The sauna is meant to be relaxing so cap your time to 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, just leave the sauna when you feel hot enough.

  3. Cool down - if you have got a hot tub use it as a cool plunge pool during your sauna sessions. In Finland they built their wood fire saunas next to rivers and lakes so they could dive in to cool down, then go back in the sauna. Use a shower, pool or tub to cool down and then go back in.

  4. Repeat. Most people will warm up and cool down two or three times. Once your body gets used to sauna therapy you can also use water to create steam, and maybe even beat yourself up with a bunch of birch twigs.

  5. Rinse & Relax. Once you are finished with the wood-burning sauna, take a shower, bathe or go for a dip in the pool. Relax and chill out, maybe even have a nap. Then change into clean clothes and enjoy the rest of your day.

Super Sauna Savings

Since the sauna launch last weekend, as well as lots of positive enquiries, we have already taken two orders. These lucky people will be taken delivering of their new luxury sauna huts in 4 to 5 weeks time. Being wood-fired means they were an obvious choice because of the current cost of electricity. However, what sealed the deal was our limited Introductory offer - 1000€ off the sauna price until 31st December 2022.

What's Included

The new sauna hut boasts a Harvia wood-fired heater, a panoramic rear window, glass door and LED mood lighting. Both the Therme and Haapa comfortably seat up to 6 people with internal and external wooden seating. They also come with a complimentary accessories pack (normally retails at 70€) which includes a wooden pail, wooden ladle and a thermometer.

From now until 31st December you get all this for a wonderfully warm price of 7578,00€ (excluding delivery). From the 1st January 2023 the price will be 8578,00€ (excl. delivery). This offer is seriously too good to miss and will not be repeated. If you are interested in buying a wood-fired sauna contact us ASAP. We have advance ordered four saunas so there are now only two left at this crazy price. And remember, until the end of 2022 new subscribers also get an extra 78€ off the price (sauna or hot tub).

Get In Touch

If you're interested in owning either a wonderfully relaxing hot tub or one of our NEW sensational saunas get in touch with Nicola today. Remember the 1000€ sauna discount is only available until 31st December 2022. Order a matching hot tub and sauna and we'll offer you an even BIGGER discount! Call 0749 19 46 84, or email Happy Hot Tubbing!

Sweat off the Stress in a Sauna! (I might need to work on a new sauna quote...)

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