Your Custom Sauna Provider
We build your custom sauna in the sauna capital of the U.S.A. using the best locally sourced wood and products.
We Build with Passion.
For us, the sauna is a tool. It’s a way of life.
We rely on the knowledge passed down from numerous Finnish generations here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We understand that sauna has many uses from health and beauty to professional wellness, or heat therapy.
Whatever you use it for, we want to be a part of your sauna experience.
Whether you want a traditional sauna in your house, a wood fired sauna outside, a barrel sauna, or even a trailer sauna, we can meet your needs.
Sauna Sigh™: (noun) - the moment in which you settle into a relaxed state of mind, letting your worries go for the time being to take in the sauna experience.
Sauna is a poor man's pharmacy - Finnish Proverb
The Finnish people have known sauna improves health for centuries. Our ancestors came here to mine copper over 100 years ago and brought with them the sauna tradition. After long hours working in the mine and doing jobs around the home, they would relax in a sauna to prepare their bodies for the next day’s demands.
As the Copper Country gets a lot more snow than their homelands in Finland, our ancestors’ pride, hard work, and persistence to quality ensured their custom saunas would hold up against the lake effect snowfall seen in the Keweenaw. Their knowledge has been passed down to us to ensure your saunas stand the test of time.
Our Sauna Products
We use the best products available to build our custom saunas, and we also want to provide customers with high-quality sauna products.
We are a full-line dealer for Finnleo and can get you many of the best sauna accessories.
Finnleo was established in Cokato, Minnesota, in 1984. Finnleo is now part of Sauna360. With over 170 years of accumulated knowledge, Sauna360 is considered the world leader in the sauna and steam industry. Headquartered in Hanko, Finland, they help people on all continents to live better by creating a traditional Nordic sauna, steam, and infrared wellness experience for a modern lifestyle.
What is all This Talk of Health Benefits of Sauna?
Numerous medical studies have shown tremendous health benefits with regular sauna bathing. Although our saunas and products are not FDA-registered medical devices, we understand enough of the jargon to know and feel the results to be true. Because we feel so passionately about the health benefits of saunas, we researched and came up with our list of reasons a sauna is beneficial.
1. Regular Sauna Bathing Leads to Improved Health, Wellness, and Performance.
A 25-year study with more than 2,300 individuals at the University of Eastern Finland by Dr. Jari Laukkanen revealed that regular sauna use improved cardiovascular health, among other health benefits.
2. Improves Heart Health
Medical studies show that the heart can rise from 60-70 beats per minute (your normal heart rate) to 110-120 beats per minute in the sauna. In traditional wood-fired saunas, heart rates can get up to 140-150 beats per minute. Add in “sauna-swim” or cold bathing, and your heart can sink below normal after the cooling-off stage. This rise and fall is a workout for your heart and has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and hypertension, amongst other things.
3. Saunas Aid in Recovery After Exercise
Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches and pains in muscles and joints. During the steaming portion of the sauna, the body releases endorphins that can minimize pain and can often be compared to the “runner’s high.” In terms of blood flow, your blood vessels dilate in the sauna, allowing for increased blood circulation. This, in turn, speeds up your body’s natural healing process. Professional athletes have been known to use saunas to reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid and other toxins from one’s bodies.
4. Improve Brain Health
In the same study completed in Finland mentioned before, it was found that regular sauna sessions (four to seven times a week and for at least 19 minutes) lowered the risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. We don’t know about you, but this has explained why some of our great-grandparents, aunts, and uncles lived so long.
5. Saunas Flush Toxins
As the sweat of your body is 99% water, you may question this one, but deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury, and chemicals – which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.
6. Saunas Relieve Stress
When we are stressed, our body releases what is called cortisol. Cortisol is bad for your body. The sauna’s heat helps us relax and regulates the cortisol levels in our blood. Better yet, have you heard of serotonin? Saunas have been shown to stimulate the production of serotonin. For those unaware, serotonin is the “happy hormone” that makes us feel good.
7. Saunas Induce a Deeper Sleep
In addition to the endorphins we previously mentioned, body temperatures that become elevated in the late evening fall at bedtime. That is if you are not a night owl! Enjoy the deep sleep experience by taking a nice relaxing and calming sauna during the evening! The slow and relaxing decline in endorphins helps facilitate sleep.
8. Saunas Help Fight Illness
Studies completed by the Germans showed that saunas could significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza among the study participants. As your body is exposed to the heat of the sauna and steam, your body will produce white blood cells more rapidly. We understand this to be a good thing as we are told that white blood cells fight illnesses and help kill viruses. Additionally, we know from personal experience that saunas can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion!
9. It Just Feels Good
Ask anyone that takes more than one sauna, and this is what they will say. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur during the warmth of a sauna or if it’s simply the time spent in the calming and still retreat of the sauna, it just feels good! Many of us live stressful everyday lives, and the sauna is a great way to relax and restore body and soul.