Saunas have certainly evolved over the last few years, and we are so glad that they have. Although they started out as a pit with a fireplace where stones were heated in Finland, they have since turned into a must-have household item throughout the world. They are no longer used primarily to create heat in colder environments. Now, saunas are used recreationally and for health benefits not only in South Africa, but around the globe too.


This is the story of the sauna:

During the Industrial Revolution, advances were made to saunas so that they weren’t remade every time one was needed. Instead, they became permanent structures that made use of a metal wood stove and a chimney. Once people started migrating away from Finland, further advancements were made that allowed for the invention of the electric sauna stove. This was introduced in 1938.


Saunas were quickly adopted by many Baltic countries which included Scandinavia and Germany. It was even a prominent part of the First World War. Tents and bunkers all had saunas for the soldiers to make use of. Since then however, saunas have been reinvented to what we know them to be today.


Today, almost every household in Finland has a built-in sauna, with Tampere being called the “Sauna Capital of the World”. Some people have even taken the sauna obsession to new heights. Did you know that there is one in a ferris wheel in Helsinki called the SkySauna? With so much design and creativity built into each one, we understand why this invention has stuck around over the years. We’re proud to be part of this rich history and share our infrared and hot rock steam saunas with the world.


If you would like to find out more about our Far Infrared Saunas and the different sizes that we have available at SA-Sauna, as well as our other sauna solutions, contact us today. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you get steamy!

Our Team:

We have partnered with The Miracle Meal in helping local communities and churches. Visit to find out more.