On the Wish List: A Sauna at Home

This past weekend, my family and I rented a farmhouse and had all the fun and drama you'd expect at a holiday gathering doused with wine. After several days and late nights of cooking and a whole lot more togetherness than I am used to, I was starting to feel a little surly, though. A modest in-home sauna saved me from an exhaustion melt-down.

It was about the size of a small shower, lined with cedar and tucked into the downstairs guest bathroom of the rental. There was a nice hot tub out on the deck, too, but the in-home sauna was an entirely new experience for me. And frankly, I'm sold on the idea.

Saunas in various forms have been around for a long time and are supposed to be therapeutic for lots of ailments. I know from personal experience that the hot, steamy air provides relief for respiratory issues like asthma, and some studies have shown that saunas help you recover more quickly from colds.

But all that's just icing as far as I'm concerned. Spending a few minutes in a sauna lets you shake off the remnants of your day. It's like you're sweating out every negative thought and experience along with all the toxins. I stepped out of that small sauna and literally said "Ahhhhhhhh."

There are public saunas and many gyms and spas offer a reasonable day-use rate. But how much better would it be if you could hop in at the end of a hard day without any planning — especially if your home sauna looked anything like the featured example, which appeared in a small roundup on Fopple. Yes please!

A little online research tells me that having a home sauna isn't prohibitively expensive, but it's definitely too heavy for Santa's sleigh. Add it to the list for someday, when I've been a very, very good girl.

Image: Fopple