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Where Do You Stand: Talking in the Sauna?

After a long swim workout, or a short one for that matter, I like to treat myself to a relaxing sauna. I like a quiet sauna, no matter if it is at my gym or a fancy spa.

A friend from my moms' group complained that when she swims with a mom friend, the only time they have to gab is in the sauna, as swimming doesn't really lend itself to conversation and neither does hanging out with four kids under the age of five. She asked me about sauna etiquette: talking or no talking. While I understand her maternal need to squeeze in adult conversation, I stood my ground on the keeping quiet in the sauna rule but was wondering what you all think? So tell me . . .


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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I never bring my Ipod in there because it just didn't seem prudent for electrical equipment in a damp hot place. The co-ed saunas...seems men feel the need to talk to somehow dispel the awkwardness. Most woman only saunas I go to after the gym all sit there and read to themselves quietly. Sometimes I swear I can hear sweat rolling down the small of my back and then...WTHeck.
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
nothing ruins my relaxation time in the sauna than a stranger that feels the need to chat away.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Small talk to a minimum is okay...
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
Sauna etiquette is that you don't talk. If it's just you and a friend alone, then do whatever you want, but as soon as someone else walks in, be quiet. I go to the sauna in my gym a few times a week and cannot tell you how annoying it is to listen to people talking when I am trying to relax.
greenhighlighter greenhighlighter 8 years
I agree with most of the other comments here... A little small talk never killed anyone, but definitely watch for others' reactions. I personally don't mind listening to a little chit chat, if it's quiet and not awkward or gross. :)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Talking to me = OK. Chatting away to your friends and ignoring the other people in there trying to relax = social faux pas.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I've never been to a sauna with someone else except once. But, at that time, it was a private sauna. Usually, I don't mind others chit chatting around me since it keeps me entertained in a way eavesdropping.
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 8 years
I've never used a sauna, soooo "other."
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
I didn't read anyone else's comment yet so sorry if this is a repeat. But if you are going to a sauna just with friends to talk and no one else is in there, than that's fine. But, to many people their sauna time is equal to an inexpensive spa experience where they just want peace and quite.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
our sauna is kept really dark, so i think that's a clue that it's a quiet place. i HATE it when people chit chat in there, i'm there to relax in peace. only few time have i been in there when it's been crowded and there has been a conversation. irritating.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
This made me think of the most recent 30 Rock where Liz Lemon asks if they allow food in the sauna! I would say if there are other people in there, I'd keep it brief.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
chit chattting quiety is one thing.. but once I was in there with just one other person, and she was talking on her cell, LOUDLY in Vietnamese. I had no idea what was being said but it was so loud that the volume that i turned my ipod to should have made me deaf for the rest of my life..
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 8 years
The sauna is a place of relaxation to me, and it is hard to relax when people are gabbing away (and usually about trite subjects at that). Leave conversation for the locker room.
bleached bleached 8 years
If you and your friend are alone in the sauna, by all means. But as soon as there is someone else, there should be silence. That is my take on it
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
My husband is Finnish, he doesn't even talk outside of the sauna. :shrug:
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I think it depends. If it's just you and some friends, why not? If it's a bunch of strangers - watch their reactions. If they seem displeased, quiet down - if not, have them join in!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I hate sauna's - I always feel like I'm suffocating in them, so I don't use them, however I said I'd prefer it to be quiet. If it's supposed to be a relaxing thing then I think quiet would be best. For those who want to chat there are other options than having a sauna after a swim or workout. They could also shorten the suana time to ensure they have convo time afterwards if it's that important to them. And being a stay at home mother of 4, I completely understand the need for adult convo. I just don't think the sauna is the place for it.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
I've actually never been to a sauna, but I guess chatting (not screaming) others is absolutely ok
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
It's a public place. Let people chat. If you want silence, build your own sauna. Silence is a luxury for some, but for others, it might be a gag.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Others may do as they like - talk, not talk. I will however remain silent, gasping for air in the thickness. The moist heat honestly makes me feel like I am drowning on land.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i never went to growded saunas... i was lucky that way. but some times i do go with my friends and we talk a little. once a talked to a stranger and we completely naked... it was fine :) but i do like to relax and yapping would annoy me if i needed my rest. my friend goes to her gym sauna and men and women are together. that is just odd. would not go to such. and it's a well known british gym chain... just awful. and men eye all the women in there. i prefer my sauna like my beaches without any clothes and women only.
foxie foxie 8 years
I think it would make other people in the sauna uncomfortable if you carried out an entire conversation, but I think a tiny bit of chit chat is fine. I guess the key would just be to feel out the moods and dispositions of people around you.
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