Re: Are saunas practical?
From: Joanie Connors (
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2021 12:55:53 -0800 (PST)
I had a sauna for 7 years at my private home, but friends and neighbors
came over for Sauna Night (Thursdays) regularly. It was a great community
It's good to have a cool off area outside the sauna so that people can take
a break and then go back in. There is some risk for getting overheated, so
you will need to have an info sheet and a disclaimer contract for users,
maybe a timer. An outside shower is a plus.
There is also the issue of nakedness to hash out. My rule was that anyone
present could veto it - if anyone was uncomfortable, others had to keep
their towels on.

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> > On Mar 12, 2021, at 2:07 PM, Ann Lehman <ann [at]>
> wrote:
> >
> > We decided on a Sauna for the same reasons....and the cost is a lot less.
> > I think a hot tub would get used more but the sauna seemed to be a nice
> > compromise.
> Be sure to check local regulations. Condos are often classified as  public
> facilities. There have been such extensive requirements for safety and
> chemical use that we didn’t fix ours the last time it broke (and hadn't met
> them before).
> One community I recall saying they put a hot tub on the roof but were
> never able to meet the requirements for using it.
> I know nothing of saunas but if there are no regulations, there are at
> least best practices that would protect you from liability.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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