NOTE: As you might have noticed on our Instagram and Facebook, we invited a few select guests back to Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club to reconnect with nature and themselves after a stressful New York Fashion Week.

One of the ways our friends relaxed during our NYFW Decompress event was through sauna sessions. Since we love to share everything we know with our Lexington Friends (you're obviously included), read on to get the most out of your hot sessions.

The Art of Sweating The Art of Sweating

The Art of Sweating

Sauna for Rookies

Heat baths are the oldest traditions known to man. Saunas and steam baths have been used in religion and relaxation for centuries. And their health benefits have been documented in several medical journals. From Mayan’s religious sweat house ceremonies to Finland’s national pastime and Russian banyas, it’s clear we love to sweat. So, of course, there’s an art to sweating. Here’s a quick guide for the beginners.

Influencer and interior stylist Andrea Brodin making her way to the popular sauna at Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club.

Influencer and interior stylist Andrea Brodin making her way to the popular sauna at Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club.

Influencer and interior stylist Andrea Brodin making her way to the popular sauna at Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club.

Do like our guests, Laura Jung, Caleb Thill and Sophia Li at our NYFW Decompress event and hop in the sauna together.

Do like our guests, Laura Jung, Caleb Thill and Sophia Li at our NYFW Decompress event and hop in the sauna together.

Do like our guests, Laura Jung, Caleb Thill and Sophia Li at our NYFW Decompress event and hop in the sauna together.

Though your sauna experience should be strictly about sweating, it's still nice to get a good scrub and an organic mud mask after your sauna.

Though your sauna experience should be strictly about sweating, it's still nice to get a good scrub and an organic mud mask after your sauna.

Though your sauna experience should be strictly about sweating, it's still nice to get a good scrub and an organic mud mask after your sauna.

All “saunas” aren’t equal. A good sauna for the method below is one that heats up to 194 degrees Fahrenheit and is dry. So, skip the infrared units and the steam rooms and stick to the traditional Finnish sauna. The Finnish Sauna Society suggests you have a minimum of 150 degrees; anything below and bacteria will flourish. Before you begin this spiritual journey, know that aromatic fragrances, colored lights and music has no place in a sauna. Most sauna pros keep it simple with the aroma of fresh birch and natural tar.

Most sauna aficionados would prefer to perspire in the nude, but bathing suits are acceptable too.

Most sauna aficionados would prefer to perspire in the nude, but bathing suits are acceptable too.

Cuddle up to your dog and get all the loving you need before you step inside a sauna because dogs are unfortunately not allowed.

Cuddle up to your dog and get all the loving you need before you step inside a sauna because dogs are unfortunately not allowed.

• To start, get your sauna as hot as possible, and make sure you’ve got two to three hours to devote to your sauna experience.
• Get in the sauna and relax for about 12 to 20 minutes or until you first break a sweat.
• Hop out of the sauna and into a cool pool or stand in the shower for 5 seconds.
• Follow this by a 15- to 20-minute relaxation period.
• Repeat the cycle twice.
• If you feel any discomfort, listen to your body and abort mission.
• Once you’re done cool down gradually and drink 2 to 3 glasses of water.

As you enjoy your experience, be purposeful with your experience. Don’t spend it on your phone. Use the time to reflect or let your mind wander. Take our tips seriously and you might just sweat out what ails you, physically and spiritually.

Obviously, if you've got a river right next to your sauna, like our guests at our NYFW Decompress event had, then a swim right after your perspiration session is a wonderful idea.

Obviously, if you've got a river right next to your sauna, like our guests at our NYFW Decompress event had, then a swim right after your perspiration session is a wonderful idea.