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Rising Embers: a woodfired sauna experience in Penzance

Woodfired sauna in Penzance

On a sunny Friday morning in July, we were delighted to start the day with an invitation to experience a magical morning session with Rising Embers Sauna, in the beautiful seaside town of Penzance. Established at the start of 2023, owner Jenny, who is passionate about the benefits of regular sauna use, has created a sanctuary in Penzance, fulfilling her vision to warm the hearts of wild swimmers.

Taking a look at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance

Nestled amid palm trees and violet agapanthus, the Finnish-inspired wood-fired mobile sauna is currently tucked away in St Anthony Gardens, opposite the Jubilee Pool. We were greeted by Jenny in this beautiful spot, and introduced to the benefits of sauna use, as well as the all-important safety elements. Our session was an hour long, so we left our belongings safely with Jenny and headed across the promenade for an invigorating cold-water dip in the sea, just off Battery Rocks, a popular spot with sea swimmers for decades. 

Sea swimming in Penzance

With our body temperatures cooled, we strolled back to the Rising Embers’ haven, excited to embrace the benefits of the sauna. Setting the timer to fifteen minutes, we stepped inside and immediately felt the welcoming heat surround us. We sat back and sighed, relaxing as we soaked up the views of St Michael’s Mount, letting the heat warm our bodies and minds. Beautifully scented essential oils are supplied to add to the coals, we loved this and felt it added to the whole experiences, enlivening our senses. 

Woodfired sauna in St Anthony Gardens, Penzance

As the fifteen minutes came to an end, Jenny advised we step back outside to cool off, with the option of having a bucket of cold water thrown over us (with plans to include a cold plunge barrel in the future!). We all chose to go ahead with this, making the most of the extreme temperature transitions, something that has been practised in Finland for centuries, as part of their traditional hot and cold therapy. Jenny supplies water to drink, so after a refreshing glass or two, we headed back into the bliss of the sauna. Some of us chose to apply the complementary almond oil to our hair as well; what a treat!

Hot coals in a woodfired sauna in Penzance

We felt truly relaxed after our second session in the sauna and took a moment to cool in the deck chairs with a glass of water before getting ready to go. Feeling refreshed, reenergised, and reinvigorated, we couldn’t think of a better way to start a Friday. 

Inside Rising Embers sauna, Penzance

We highly recommend booking a session at Rising Embers Sauna; you can choose from half an hour or an hour, or you can opt for a one-hour private session. The sauna is available to book on Friday and Saturday mornings, with additional events taking place throughout the week, including yoga, fitness classes, massages, sea swim coaching, and swim and sauna sessions with the Jubilee Pool. Keep an eye on the website and social media for the most up-to-date health and wellbeing classes, which include use of the sauna. 

We’re delighted to share that Jenny has kindly offered all our guests a 10% discount; simply add the code Aspects10 at the checkout to receive 10% off a 30 min sauna session!

Rising embers sauna in Penzance, West Cornwall

The benefits of sauna use:

Saunas have been used for centuries and traditionally come from Nordic nations. Here are a few of the benefits from regular use of a sauna: 

• Speeds up recovery after exercise and relieves pain

• Improves blood pressure

• Improves cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol

• Boosts your immune system

• Relaxes, destresses, decreases anxiety, and benefits overall mental health

• It’s a great way to practise self-care

• It’s a unique and fun activity to enjoy as you socialise with friends

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