Health / well being benefits of a hot tub vs Sauna

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Thinking about getting a hot tub. Not to party with naked broads, but to actually use the jets and warmth to relax the muscles, and the back. Is there any benefit there, or is it just a sales pitch? I could go on youtube, but I know there are knowledgeable people on this board, some of which will even have personal, first hand, experience.
We have both. My husband is arthritic - he thinks from years of running marathons and 10-k's on pavement. If he's in pain, he can't ride his Vulcan.

The hot tub works particularly well on this - I think it helps me sleep better at night - and there is no better way to relax. I put ours under a spreading oak and there is nothing better to do in an evening than to sit in the hot tub and look up at the stars - only thing we argue about is the temp - he likes it all the way up to 104 - which feels like boiling lobster water to me. I like it at 99, which he finds freezing.

I don't use the sauna because it is too hot for me, it actually burns my skin - but husband swears by it.

We were lucky to get it from a contractor who got it as a form of payment- brand new and never used. He listed it on Craig's List - we got it for a very steep discount (wife told him to get it TF out of the house) - he even brought it over and set it up.

Hot Tub was bought at the county fair - our pool guy says they go for $10-12,000 in a showroom - ours was $7,500 - but for us a good buy because it is therapeutic.

I'd go for the hot tub, but that is just my opinion.
 

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My husband is arthritic
Magnesium deficiency. Look up magnesium bicarbonate, easy to make, a shot glass or two a day may work wonders for him.
Sorry to sound preachy, I spent decades studying nutrition and related.
 

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Magnesium deficiency. Look up magnesium bicarbonate, easy to make, a shot glass or two a day may work wonders for him.
Sorry to sound preachy, I spent decades studying nutrition and related.
Thanks - we did just discover that too - I now put it in our drinking water after I distill it in a Water Wise.

I also make juices for him that have a lot of beets in them - high in magnesium.
 

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Pretty sure you would have to literally build it from wood. It would probably be better, because you could use untreated/naturally finished wood. You'd just have to get a blueprint I guess.


Someone built this:

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This is the best kind of sauna you can ever get. Maybe you haven't noticed, but it does not have a chimney, meaning it's a real smoke sauna. A smoke sauna is the best of them all, can't be beat. A smoke sauna has an oven with 1-3 tons of stone that you heat up over several hours (4-8h) and once its ready you open up the ventilation to let the smoke out and then you throw the hΓ€kΓ€lΓΆlyly (throw water on the stones to get rid of the CO) and once that is done you can go in an bathe. The good ones will stay warm for up to 24 hours after heating them up. They are usually not too hot, normally 70-80C, unless you go to some special saunas where they heat them up to 110C.

If you ever get a chance to go to a real smoke sauna, do it. If it's in winter and you can jump into a hole in the ice, it's gonna be so much better. There's no bath house or hot springs that can beat this.
 

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These ones are no good. First, and most important lesson about a real sauna it that your feet have to be at a higher level then the stones in the stove. Otherwise you will have cold feet while cooking your head.
I knew a European would have a better sauna take than the burger American.
 

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I knew a European would have a better sauna take than the burger American.
I've hear there's a lot of Finnish descendants in Minnesota and they swear by their saunas. Those barrel saunas are actually quite popular in Finland too, but they are really not the right stuff. The only reason they are popular is just because you don't need a building permit for them...
 

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Lol, whats that!?

In my parts, only "permanent structures" require permits.
The barrel sauna is not a permanent structure either. Nowadays you're fucked it you want to build a real sauna in the correct location in Finland. You have to build it at least 20m from the shoreline to get a permit, while traditionally many saunas are built on the shoreline. The idea is you dive directly into the cold sea, or lake, from the sauna. Sigh. Everything good is extremely Verboten in these days...
 
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