There is more to sauna bathing than you know!

Welcome to the North American Sauna Society’s website.

Please click this link to CBS news about a study that was published on February 23 on traditional sauna bathing and potential positive changes in the cardiovascular system.

M.D. Mark Timmerman has written an outstanding paper on the health benefits of the sauna. It should be pointed out that the paper concentrates on heat bathing i.e., traditional saunas.

f you are a North American resident and an active member of the North American Sauna Society, you have a chance to use the Saunaseura sauna facilities in Helsinki, Finland if you happen to be in that neck of the woods. You have to book your visit in advance and pay the €10 entrance fee. This is a great chance to get to experience the sauna at its very best! For more information, please contact us.

The North American Sauna Society is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to provide correct and neutral information about Traditional Saunas in North America along with their benefits and proper usage. We are a membership-funded organization (our members are sauna dealers and sauna manufacturers), but our services are meant for everyone interested in saunas.

There is an information overflow when one wants to acquire a sauna. “Sauna” involves not the only the actual sauna room, but also a place to change, cool off, take showers, socialize, and so forth. Please check our new
Design Guidelines page aimed at everyone interested in making the sauna experience as enjoyable as possible.

Bear in mind that due to our status as a not-for-profit, we cannot give legal advice. We are committed to giving information on basic sauna ideas, sauna bathing and sauna culture. Please contact your sauna manufacturer for information regarding safety and legal issues.

If you acquired one of our North American Sauna Society plaques and want to show it off, please take a picture of it hanging on your wall, send it to us via email at and we will do our best to post it with our other sauna pictures.

In case you want to donate money for a good cause or pay an individual one year membership ($35), please press the button below:

The International Sauna Society has a coffee-table book about Finnish Saunas; more information can be found in our
Links section.

This website has been divided into six sections:
Home Page, Sauna Experience, About Saunas, How To…, Frequently Asked Questions and Links. There is a site map to help you get around.


The purpose of this website is to provide general guidance, ideas, and useful tips. We do not provide professional advice and this website should not be relied upon as such a source. Please always consult a qualified professional expert prior to building or acquiring a sauna or any accessory related to sauna bathing such as a shower, cold plunge, place to rest, etc. Always read and follow any relevant manuals and safety instructions and consult a doctor before using a sauna to determine if sauna bathing and/or associated activities are appropriate and safe for you.