Wellness Benefits of Home Saunas and Steam Showers

I’ve enjoyed using steam showers and saunas at spas and would love to have one in my forever home. If you’ve been curious about adding one (or both) to yours, you’ll want to check out my latest Forbes.com article on the topic. Either of these wellness amenities can enhance your health and resale value.

The three experts I interviewed for the article will be guests on today’s Clubhouse WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS session too. You can tune in here at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT.

You might be surprised to see Ukraine in the tags. What the heck does that have to do with this??? Well, it turns out that Ukrainians, like many other Europeans, have a strong sauna tradition. And it turns out that there are charities donating saunas to the war-torn country to help refugees and soldiers cope with their challenges. As one of the donors pointed out — and this is one of my favorite lines of 2023 so far, “There is no war in sauna!” (If I eventually get one for my place, I’m going to have a plaque made with that quotation!)

Steam shower in modern white bathroom with access to courtyard garden.


Wellness by Design book bonus chapter promo

When I wrote my latest book and sent in the final manuscript, I had no idea that a pandemic was going to be hitting us in a matter of weeks. (Wellness by Design published in September 2020 when we were deep into it.)

We’ve experienced a great deal of national crises in the three years since  – including some of the worst wildfires and hurricanes – so I thought a bonus chapter would be helpful for readers.

If you have your copy of the book already, you know that there’s a URL for bonus resources on my website. That’s where the bonus chapter, (working title: Lessons for Today’s Homeowners), will publish in late October.

I’ll keep you posted.



white bathroom with steam shower, wall-hung vanity and floor-to-ceiling door to garden outside.

It takes place at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST (and all the related time zones). Hope you’ll join us. Click the picture or the link below to connect to the conversation (using your smart phone only!).


What other topics do you want to hear about in the new year? Comment below and let me know.



Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2023 Recordings:

Man with tissue at his nose, puppy on lap, on a living room couch

2022 Recordings:

2021 Recordings:



Here are some links from around the web to enhance your home, health, safety and life:


Three older hands clasping each other on someone's lap. Joe Lieberman’s Death Highlights At Home Fall Risks For Older Adults - Maybe you face this fear in your home and life too. It's not unreasonable. (An older relative fell in their  condo not too long ago, and it took hours for someone to help; a tip in my article would have prevented that delay!) Continue Reading
Los Angeles hillside home with open living room, infinity pool and nighttime skyline in the distance. Landslide Risks Are Growing Nationwide — What To Know - I love the ocean. I love walking along its surf line, letting it wash over my bare feet. I love looking at the beautiful homes on the bluffs overlooking it and envying their views. But there's absolutely no way I'd buy one of them! Continue Reading
Residential kitchen with built-in stainless fridge and icemaker. Grey cabinets and floor. White tops. Making Our Homes Quieter – A Key To Wellness! - Noise was one of the factors that inspired me to leave my New York City hometown. Even though I lived on the 10th floor of my building, the constant honking and sirens was stress-inducing. In researching this topic, I learned that the effects of noise extend far beyond hearing loss to whole mind and body… Continue Reading
Kitchen with 24" induction range and OTR microwave. White cabinets and smart appliance on white countertop. Induction Cooking Trend Heats Up - Whether you're equipping a luxury kitchen and want a 48" pro-style range, or remodeling a tiny condo kitchen, like a good friend of mine in Manhattan is planning to do, there are induction cooking options available to fit your space and needs. Continue Reading
Garage with EV charger and solar panel backup battery storage units. Front of electric car showing. How And Why To Add Resilience With A Residential Microgrid - I've been hearing for the past couple of years about "microgrids" and wanted to share this information with my readers. It could make you safer and more resilient in the event of a power-disrupting emergency. Continue Reading
Dining room with plants, art and bookcase. Black History Month Post: Wellness Design in the African American Community - This one celebrates Black History Month with a look at wellness design in the African American community. I interviewed professionals across disciplines and geography for their takes on what their clients are prioritizing. I hope you find the their responses as fascinating as I did. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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