Nudity in a coed sauna takes some getting used to, but after a couple minutes it really feels like nothing is out of the ordinary. If you show up at a hot pool in a bathing suit, who is to say when the last time that suit was cleaned? What bacteria is in that suit?
During the seemingly endless winter months, a trip to the sauna can be the perfect escape: A place to hide out from the blustering cold, relax your muscles, sweat out toxins and strengthen your immune system. That said, the rules of sauna etiquette vary from country to country. Finns bare it all in the sauna.
Receptionist is nice. Spa is good and clean. We changed schedule many times and they are still nice
My gym sounds like the same setup as yours - the adult men's locker room has a large rectangular space with the showers at one end, the four hot tubs in the middle, and the sauna and steam rooms at the other end. You are supposed to shower before using either the hot tubs, sauna, or steam room, and use a towel in the latter two. People are generally naked in the hot tub and follow the towel rule otherwise. Very civilized.
Ian Thomson. As married men, we appreciated the circumspect and respectful behaviour; for a few quid one felt properly laved and rejuvenated. Nakedness is a great leveller.
There is nothing more Finnish than sauna, and many Finns think you can not grasp Finland or its culture without bathing in a sauna. However, Finns understand that foreigners have certain inhibitions and concerns when it comes to stepping in a heated box with no clothes on. Have a look at our tips below and you need to worry no more.
While asking for precise guidance is a good idea, the fact is very few people actually do; after all, those who are confused and anxious about nudity issues are generally not likely to want to even discuss them with a stranger. So here are some tips that will hopefully give you the information you need before you visit a spa in any country around the world - so you can achieve what you came for in the first place: total ease and relaxation. Most spas have separate locker rooms for men and women where you change into a robe and slippers.
Daniel became desensitized to nudity when he joined the Marines at I just lost the shame we build around our bodies when I realized that nobody cared and a body is just a body. Those old naked guys in the public locker room may be a dying breed.
Going to the spa for the first time can be a daunting experience. It's supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable, but when going into that change room on your own and having to prepare for your first massage can be stressful and confusing. Dave and I have enjoyed many spa experiences from luxury retreats to the downright quirky during our 18 years of travelling. We have learned through trial and error what to do when entering every type of spa from a cheap hole-in-the-wall to a 5-star service establishment.