Little Box Sauna is rooted in the past, living in the future, so we receive a lot of questions! Here are some that come up often, with our answers:
Little Box Sauna (LBS) FAQ’S:
1. Q: Is it an actual sauna?
A: Yes! LBS has two main parts, what we call the sauna box and the entry/changing box.
2. Q: Who created Little Box Sauna?
A: MRAJ, a design collaboration between Molly Reichert and Andrea Johnson.
3. Q: What is the purpose of the LBS?
A: LBS is to sauna with others to promote individual and community health.
4. Q: What is the correct pronunciation of sauna?
A: In Finland, it is pronounced sow-na. In the US, saw-na is acceptable!
5. Q: What will guests be allowed to wear?
A: Guests are allowed to wear swimming suits, t-shirt and shorts, or other appropriate clothing they do not mind sweating into. Shoes are not allowed in the sauna, or any fabrics that do not respond well to heat.
6. Q: Can guests go in the nude?
A: When LBS is in public, sauna events are co-ed, and therefore nudity is not permitted.
7. Q: Where will guests change upon arrival?
A: There is a changing area inside the entry box, with privacy provided by curtains.
8. Q: Do you have to bring your own towel?
A: Towels will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
9. Q: How long will guests be allowed to stay in the sauna?
A: Sauna sign-up periods last for 90 minutes. This is a good amount of time for heating up a few times in the sauna. If other people are not waiting, sauna guests are welcome to sauna for longer with more cooling off rounds.
10. Q: How many people can go in at once?
A: 8-10 people.
11. Q: What’s privacy like?
A: The changing areas are private, and there is direct interior access from the changing area into the sauna area. The sauna has two screened windows to the outside, so people inside will have privacy yet connection to their surroundings. People can take a break from the sauna inside the entry box, or step outside for some cold air and a roll in the snow!
12. Q: Is there a restroom in LBS?
A: No. Restrooms are available inside each host location.
13. Q: Is water provided?
A: Yes, water will be provided at each Little Box Sauna event.
14. Q: Is there a cold plunge?
A: No, there is no cold plunge for Little Box Sauna.
15. Q: Can guests roll in the snow?
A: Yes, guests are invited to roll in the snow with caution, wearing footwear, and in the areas designated.
16. Q: How does the sauna run?
A: The sauna heater is run on propane, a safe, efficient and sustainable source of energy. All other elements are individually battery-powered. This allows us to stay truly mobile!
17. Q: How long does the sauna take to heat up?
A: Approximately 15-30 minutes depending on the outside temperature.
18. Q: How hot does it get?
A: The maximum allowable temperature in the US is 194°F, so it will not be hotter than that!
19. Q: Can you control the heat?
A: The sauna host controls the temperature.
20. Q: How long will Little Box Sauna be at one place?
A: That varies! Usually one day to one month.
21. Q: How do you reserve a spot or can you just show up?
A: You can reserve a spot on Eventbrite, and the link can be found on the LBS blog: http://www.littleboxsauna.wordpress.com. You can show up without a reservation, but an open sauna time cannot be guaranteed.
22. Q: What are the hours?
A: You can find this on the Eventbrite info page.
23. Q: How is LBS staffed?
A: Molly, Andrea, and trained partner and volunteer staff host LBS .
24. Q: Why Radisson Blu and IKEA for locations in 2015?
A: Radisson Blu, Mall of America and IKEA partnered with and supported MRAJ to create and implement the sauna in the South Loop, to help instill a growing sense of community in the area.
25. Q: How much did LBS cost to build?
A: The raw materials to build LBS cost approximately $20,000. The additional costs of time, equipment, permits, accessories and many other peripherals, put the cost of creation much higher.
26. Q: How long did LBS take to build?
A: Start to finish of actual construction took 51 full days.
27. Q: Who built LBS?
A: Building LBS was the effort of many hands and minds! Christopher R. Johnson was the lead builder with Andrea Johnson and Molly Reichert of MRAJ. Students from the University of Minnesota (especially Tyler MacNeal) and members of the Twin Cities design community also took part in the build process.
28. Q: Where will LBS go after its current location?
A: LBS will be in the Twin Cities area at other public and private locations to continue building community and fostering health!