The physical benefits of using both sauna and cold therapy astounded me. As the endorphins start to rush around the brain releasing the happy hormones — dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin which help to balance our stress hormone cortisol — I could not believe the out of body euphoria this practice induces. It’s incredibly addictive!
I also discovered a whole new world of sauna practice and culture, and the beautiful sauna community. Similarly, to the martial arts fraternity, the sauna network is incredibly supportive, and I began meeting truly remarkable people.
It was then I needed a sauna of my own. But I knew I wanted a true sauna, not the cheap and poorly designed ones found in gyms or hotels. I also had an idea of making a mobile barrel sauna so others could benefit. I reached out to everyone I knew in the sauna network to help in finding the very best people involved in sauna construction. The community did not disappoint!
I was put in contact with a supplier in the Czech Republic who imports Russian built saunas from Moscow using cedar wood forested from the Altai mountains of Siberia. I explained I wanted to buy one of his saunas and tour the UK, popping up next to beaches and lakes and martial arts training camps. However, he suggested that I ought to be the UK’s first distributor of his brand, building them in the UK. And I thought – now that’s an idea!
Suddenly I was flying out to Prague, driving two hours north to the Vrchlabi mountains in the Czech Republic, only to meet with a guy I already knew! Bizarrely, we had previously worked on a site together when I was an electrician!
Together we built a sauna, with him teaching me the craft involved in constructing luxury saunas. Once home I spent the following five weekends building my mobile barrel sauna. It did not take long before I was being asked to build saunas for people who had seen my mobile sauna. Due to the research I had spent on the design and construction of saunas, I realised I wanted to create my own business, sourcing local materials and building bespoke saunas to my specific design and construction, from scratch.
The Cedar Sauna Company was created from a passion to help others benefit from the extraordinary effects of sauna and discover an amazing community of like-minded people – all of whom have supported me in my efforts to create my lovely company. I hope you too get to enjoy the many benefits sauna and sauna lifestyle can offer.