What is the dress code at the RRC sauna?
- Bathing suits are required during all Community Sessions and in all public/outdoor spaces. Private sessions may choose their own dress code inside the private confines of the sauna building. Simply put, no public nudity at our sauna (This is Virginia, after all 🙂 )
Is this facility like a spa?
- No, not at all! Our sauna is in a rustic, semi-outdoor setting with limited running water. Bathrooms are very nicely kept portable toilets. There are no hot showers. The river has rocks and sand and mud. We do have indoor changing rooms, an indoor lounge and gift shop, and of course a lovely and refined hot room. Otherwise it is the great outdoors. In fact, we hope that the sauna experience here brings people closer to nature and the elements.
What do I need to bring to my sauna session?
- Bathing Suit (best to just wear it under your clothes when you come)
- Towel (Required, as you will sit on your towel in the hot room. Some may choose to bring a second towel for their final drying off. Towels can be rented)
- Flip-flops or crocs for walking around outside and to the river between hot rounds (can be rented)
- A water bottle
What should I NOT bring to my sauna session?
- Perfume or Cologne on body
- Outside Food (delicious snacky food can be purchased onsite)
- Bluetooth speakers
What will I need to do to prepare for a sauna session?
- Read carefully and sign the Liability Waiver. Send this link to additional participants so that they can access the Liability Waiver as well. It is very important for all participants to read the information in the liability waiver before coming and make sure their health and medical status in conducive to the sauna experience.
- Make sure sauna is right for your body at this time. Filling out our liability waiver will be a good guide to whether you should consult a physician before participating in sauna.
- Drink lots of water ahead of time
- Leave metal jewelry at home (rings are ok)
- Eat a light snack before coming but not a big meal
- People who wear glasses or contacts should be prepared to remove them before going into the hot room.
- Plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your session, so you can make the most of your time! We will need you to be out of the sauna when 90 minutes is up (even if you have arrived late).
What is the minimum age?
For Community Sauna Sessions, the minimum age is 18. For Private Sessions, children 12 years old and older, accompanied by an adult at all time, may participate.
Is this sauna mixed-gender?
- Unless otherwise noted, these sessions are mixed-gender. Swimsuits are required. Please note, in order for Community Sauna Sessions to work, everyone must be very considerate of each other. Anyone behaving in a way that makes anyone uncomfortable will be asked to leave immediately. Staff appreciate the help of all sauna-goers in making sure the vibe is good, safe, and respectful at all times. Please let a staff member know immediately if this is not the case.
What is included in the price?
- 90 minutes of access to the traditional wood-fired, cedar-lined sauna
- essential oils for adding to the steam if you would like
- changing room/lounge
- water jug for refilling water bottles
- access to the river for cold plunging
- bucket showers (cold water)
Which medical conditions would indicate that I should consult my physician before using sauna?
- Cardiovascular conditions such as (but not limited to) hypertension/hypotension, congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation, those taking medications which might effect blood pressure.
- Anyone taking medications such as diuretics, barbiturates, beta-blockers, anticholinergics, antihistamines, anticoagulants, vasoconstrictors or vasodilators
- Chronic conditions associated with reduced ability to sweat, such as multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumors, and diabetes with neuropathy
- Individuals with hemophilia
- Individuals with a fever should not use a sauna
- Acute joint injury
- Implants: Individuals with metal pins, rods or artificial joints should consult a physician
- Individuals with pacemakers or defibrillators
- Pregnant women should avoid sauna use.
What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancellations can make it challenging to keep a small business going. To balance flexibility with the need to make efficient use of our facility, we offer the following Cancellation Policy for Community Sauna Sessions.
Changes or cancellations can be made up 48 hours prior for credit or refund to be issued. Please do not request a refund or credit if you are cancelling or changing your reservation after the 48 hour mark. Reply to the confirmation email or call (434) 218-2052 to request a modification or cancellation to this reservation.