Brief sauna etiquette: How to get the most out of your sauna visit

The positive effects of the sauna: going to the sauna is healthy!

Women chatting by the pool
Cool down between sauna sessions - Eden Sauna Garden

Most people know that visiting the sauna promotes your health. However, how does it affect us exactly? The healthy effect of regular sauna sessions is evoked by the increase in body temperature – comparable with an "artificial fever". The interplay of heat and cooling leads to multi-layered metabolism activation. On the one hand, the immune system is stimulated and on the other hand, the circulation and regeneration of different skin layers is promoted. Regular sauna visitors are proven to get ill from minor infections or colds less often due to the boosted defences. Going to the sauna trains the cardiovascular system and improves circulation.

You will see: Those who enjoy the sauna properly will reap many positive effects for their well-being!

Visiting the sauna makes you beautiful and promotes physical well-being

Visiting the sauna is also a perfect anti-ageing treatment, as it not only cleanses but also counteracts skin ageing. But the regeneration of the muscles is an essential aspect. This not only helps to break down stress, but also to boost stress resistance and thus enormously increase well-being. In order to achieve these positive effects, it is, however, also important to sauna properly.

How to sauna properly

Only those who regularly visit the sauna can enjoy the complete effect it has on health. Ideally, you should take time to visit the sauna once a week. With three rounds plus quiet phases, a sauna visit takes around three hours. In the process, the interchange between heat and cold is crucial for the result. While the sauna is a sweat bath, it is the cooling off of the body that causes the positive health effects.

How do you behave in the sauna?

People relaxing in the sauna
Visiting the sauna makes you beautiful and promotes health

Whether a sauna pro or beginner: to achieve a truly recuperative and healthy result, several ground rules should be observed.

  • Do not go into the sauna hungry or with a full stomach.
  • Before beginning the sauna sessions, shower thoroughly and dry off properly. If the skin is still moist, the water has to evaporate first before starting to produce sweat.
  • Hygiene is important! Make sure that you are always completely sitting or laying on the towel in the sauna and that your sweat does not drip onto the wood.
  • The sauna session lasts around 8 to a maximum of 15 minutes. It is best to sit closer to the bottom at the beginning. Warm air is known to rise, meaning it is not as hot in the lower rows.
  • After visiting the sauna, the first cool-off phase begins in the fresh air so that the lungs are provided with oxygen again. This helps the circulation to get used to the sudden lower temperature.
  • The second cool-off phase involves the cold water pool or cold showering and potentially, Kneipp treatments. Tip: Start at the extremities before cooling the torso. Or simply use our exclusive snow sauna to carefully restore your body to normal temperature. The cool-off phase should last at least as long as the stay in the sauna cabin.
  • After the cool-off phases, the resting phase of around 30 to 60 minutes begins before moving on to the next infusion. More than three sauna sessions do not boost the health effects.

Tip: A sauna bath also prepares you optimally for a therapeutic massage in our exclusive AVITA PREMIUM Spa.

Sauna tips and important information for your optimal sauna visit

  • Bathing shoes

For hygiene reasons, it is recommended that you wear bathing shoes when visiting the sauna. These also prevent the feet cooling down between sauna sessions. Bathing shoes are also recommended for safety reasons, as they significantly reduce the risk of slipping by the pools and showers. Moreover, the shoes are not taken into the sauna, but rather left outside. This is because firstly, bathing shoes bear a certain accident hazard when getting on the sauna benches, and secondly, so-called plasticisers could leak from the plastic shoes due to the effect of the heat.

  • Towel

For hygiene reasons, we ask that you use an appropriately large towel in the sauna cabins that allows you to completely sit or lay on it. Your feet should also be placed on this. For the same reason, the loungers should be exclusively used with a towel. A towel is therefore compulsory in the Eden Sauna Garden – not only for drying off. 

  • Personal well-being

The most important rule when visiting the sauna is to not to do anything that you makes you feel uncomfortable or that could make others feel uncomfortable. Personal well-being, however, also serves as a natural indicator for the number and duration of sauna sessions. Dizziness and discomfort are a strong sign that you should leave the cabin and cool off or drink something.

  • Sauna fragrance

What would a sauna infusion be without an infusion fragrance? Different fragrances can crucially shape your stay in the sauna. The sauna fragrances at the AVITA Resort are composed of high-quality oils and are carefully selected by our sauna masters. Pouring spirits, strongly scented essences or flammable infusion concentrates on the oven is strictly forbidden and can cause a fire in the sauna.

  • Sauna masters

Our sauna masters are exactly what the name says - the masters of their trade. Years of experience and enthusiasm for the career are just a few of many things that make our competent employees.

  • Drinking

It is important to provide your body with sufficient hydration after visiting the sauna. The ideal thirst quencher during or after the sauna visit is mineral water, diluted juices or even non-alcoholic beer. Alcohol in turn prevents the most important medical effect of the sauna: vascular training. It is optimal to balance your water supply before entering the sauna and then to drink sufficiently, if possible, at the end of the sauna visit. In this way, when sweating, the body does not retrieve fluids from the mineral water bottle which would minimise the detoxification effect, but rather from the body itself. However, here, the number one rule applies - listen to your body!

Sauna-going in one of the most beautiful sauna landscapes in Austria

In the AVITA Sauna Landscape, visiting the sauna is a diverse pleasure – as you indulge in more than just a heat bath here. Different saunas, sensuous effects and eventfully designed infusions will make anyone a sauna fan! Try it out and come to the AVITA Thermal Spa. If you want to spend a wellness holiday with us, then click here to request a room.

THE AVITA RESORT AT A GLANCE

Thermal spa reception

Welcome to the AVITA Thermal Spa, your cuddly wellness thermal spa in South Burgenland!

Relaxation pool

In the comfortably warm relaxation pool, it is especially easy to leave the everyday behind. Massage jets, dousing showers, neck jets, ground jets and bubble loungers help with this.

Fun pool

Embedded in the 1,200m² organic natural swimming pond, the open sky above you and massage jets in the water.

Children's pool

Swimming fun ahoy! In the children's pool of the AVITA Thermal Spa, fun and enjoyment in the water element take priority.

Massage pool

In our comfortably warm massage pool, you can relieve your body of all tension that comes with the everyday.

Organic natural swimming pond

Experience magical moments by and in the 1,200m² organic natural swimming pond - the exclusive biotope in the wonderful garden of the AVITA Thermal Spa.

Relax pool

Switch off at the highest level! Visit our wonderful relax pool with panorama glazing and an open view of the open-air museum. Ground jets and massage jets on the wall will ensure an unforgettable wellness experience.

Soft pool

In the soft pool, you can enjoy refreshing swimming fun under the open sky from mid-April to the end of September and can be truly spoiled by the dousing shower in the exclusive environment of the MEDITA Lounge.

Sports pool

Feel like swimming the front crawl or the backstroke? Then our 320m2 sports pool with a length of 25m is perfect for you.

Whirlpool

Our incomparable whirlpool is of a very special kind. Thousands of air bubbles gently massage your body while you are enveloped by the comfortably warm water.

Chill quiet room

In the light-flooded "Chill" quiet room, you relax in a gently sensuous ambience with a phenomenal view of the idyllic biotope. Sink into the cosy loungers and leave the everyday behind you.

Well quiet room

In the "Well" quiet room, the view of the green surroundings and the natural swimming pond that you enjoy from the cosy loungers is thrilling. Pure relaxation!

Romantic garden

Comfortable hammocks, cosy swinging chairs and extensive, lush green lounging areas – embedded in the open-air museum – offer a favourite spot for everyone.

AVITA Fitness Centre

In our air-conditioned Fitness Centre with a 200m² training area, you can complete your sports session in a spacious atmosphere with a fantastic panorama before your eyes.

Avalon

Pilates, fascia training, yoga or mobilisation training: In the Avalon gymnastics room, body and soul will be activated with a range of different sports programmes.

AVITA Shop

Whatever you need for your stay in the AVITA Thermal Spa in Burgenland, the AVITA Shop is your port of call.

MEDITA Thermal Restaurant

Our MEDITA Thermal Restaurant with sunny panorama terrace presents itself as Mediterranean with a southern flair. Enjoy crunchy salads, homemade pasta, delicious steaks, grilled fish and much more.

MEDITA Lounge

Our MEDITA Lounge on the panorama terrace invites you to relax. Enjoy a fruity cocktail or a refreshing ice cream on the cosy lounge furniture

AVITA Lady's Spa

In the wellness area for women, you can move around informally and enjoy privacy. 4 women's saunas, cosy retreat areas, water beds and aromatic fragrances finally let the everyday be just the everyday.

Eden Sauna Garden

In the Eden Sauna Garden, a unique world of wellness is open for your carefree enjoyment. Enjoy the variety of saunas: 16 wellness saunas, such as the saltwater, lake sauna, dryer, mine sauna or the herbal steam bath will provide sauna fans with divine sauna enjoyment

AVITA PREMIUM Spa

In the AVITA PREMIUM Spa area, you can devote yourself to an entirely separate world of holistic treatments, which affect body, mind and soul. Exclusive massages, facials and body treatments will give you a special break on your wellness holiday.

Hotel reception

During your entire stay, the employees of the AVITA Resort are available to assist you and support you with any concerns surrounding your holiday in the sunny thermal region in South Burgenland.

AVITA Restaurant

Experience gourmet at the highest level in the AVITA Restaurant. Carefully selected ingredients are refined with seasoning and charmingly prepared by our Head Chef Jürgen Zach and his team.

Hotel garden

Directly from the AVITA Exclusive area, you can access our hotel garden, which offers cosy hammocks to lean back in as well as comfortable loungers. A special place exclusively for our hotel guests: the hotel garden offers plenty of space for cosy relaxation, lined by the beautiful ...

AVITA Exclusive

The dignified water, sauna and quiet area AVITAExclusive with its sensuous ambience is exclusively available to hotel guests.

Pool bar

The pool bar in the relaxation pool of the AVITA Thermal Spa draws you to enjoy a cosy chat and refreshing drink in the comfortably warm thermal water.

Sun terrace

Enjoy pleasurable moments on our spacious sun terrace with a wonderful panorama view. From breakfast through the energetic midday snack to the relaxed day's end.

Free cooking

Be there live and witness our chefs preparing the delicacies: our "free cooking" open kitchen provides you with both entertainment and enjoyable anticipation.

Weitblick seminar room

The state-of-the-art equipped, multi-functional, 130m², "Weitblick" room offers plenty of space for ideas. Whether for a larger group or divided into two 65m² rooms - we will find the right version for your seminar or meeting.

Uhudler sauna

The Uhudler sauna is a speciality from South Burgenland and unique to the AVITA Resort. You virtually sit directly in a wine cellar and enjoy a Finnish sauna experience.

Snow sauna

Experience the cold impulse in a new dimension in our unique snow sauna. Let your body gently cool down again after the sauna session and return it to its usual temperature in this way.

Lake sauna

The heat is exuded by a special stone sauna oven. At certain times, different special infusions are performed here - creating a very special experience.