An Interview with Fabian Kuttner
We are starting a series where we interview sauna owners about their experience.
There are many ways to enjoy your Almost Heaven Sauna. We interviewed Fabian Kuttner, a loyal customer of Almost Heaven on how he uses his sauna and enjoys the sauna experience. Kuttner is a certified XPT coach and personal trainer. You can check out his website at https://www.thewholeman.org.
Now onto the interview!
Q: How did you initially find out about Almost Heaven Saunas?
A: I found Almost Heaven Saunas by mistake. I was searching for a used sauna as I was starting my mobile sauna business. I needed a good price and there were two available only a three hour drive away. Low and behold it was at the Almost Heaven Factory in Rennick, West Virginia!
Q: How long have you had your Almost Heaven Sauna and what style is it?
A: I’ve now purchased seven saunas, all barrel saunas. I have had a Princeton on a trailer ‘boppin’ down the road for nearly a year now. I’ve never had a problem with the build. The sauna has held up so well to the most severe abuse a sauna could have thrown at it. I figure being on a trailer and covering near 3,000 miles is like surviving EVERY earthquake for thousands of years! I delivered one to L.A. from Virginia. Really they are well built!
Q: Do you have a routine with your sauna use? (Do you use it on a daily basis or with certain types of workouts?)
A: I run workshops with three rounds of staying in the heat until it’s unbearable and then getting into tubs with about a foot of ice in them for three minutes. It’s a powerful routine that builds calm, develops resilience and is incredible for recovery and regeneration.
Q: How has the sauna personally affected you?
A: I love the sauna. I love doing the above practice. It is so very healthful and powerful and relaxing. I’d say it is a great form of wellness and mental strengthening in my life.
Q: Can you explain the benefits of using *hot and cold therapy? (I believe you call it Breath; Fire and Ice)
A: We have all been breathing our whole life. Learning to control breathing, understanding the nuances of breathing physiology and **blood gases and how that can change our mind-state are not common knowledge. This is a super highway into our wellness on a momentary basis. Stress impacts breathing and breathing impacts stress. We need to develop a nuanced understanding of our ‘High Quality Stress’ and the problems with low quality stress; it has an impact on the autonomic nervous system.
We use breath practices to bring us into and out of internal, self-directed states of intensity; we can up-regulate and down regulate the sympathetic nervous system consciously. We use this to support our experience and sense of empowerment in the ice. We practice outside of the ice so that we have a sense of how we can regulate ourselves in the ice. The heat and cold just bring to light the range we have in our neurology.
The most overt physical benefit of the heat and ice is that we undergo massive swings in the cardiovascular system. First there is an enormous vasodilation in the heat of the sauna. Everything opens up! All the veins and arteries relax and the heart rate rises, sometimes doubles. This all while blood pressure often stays the
same or even goes down. Blood flow to the skin and extremities is driven upward, while blood flow to the organs is reduced.
Then as we hit the ice the opposite occurs. Blood flows away from the skin to the organs, and the heart rate plummets (we’ve recorded heart rates going from 157 BPM in the sauna to 39 bpm in the ice in an athlete participant). The veins and arteries constrict and the blood pressure again either rises or stays the same. In short, this is a flushing of the system, and big workout for the range of the cardiovascular system and a reset of the autonomic neurology.
Long term benefits are lower blood pressure, improved immune system response (reduction in overactive immune responses like allergies, autoimmune symptoms and inflammation), clearer thinking, reduced stroke risks, to name a few.
Q: What would you tell someone who was thinking about getting a sauna?
A: Do it! And use it. Hot tubs are the same price, with tons of maintenance. Versus turning off and turning on your sauna. Maybe hosing down the inside from time to time. And so fun and straightforward to build!
Thank you Fabian for this wonderful interview!
*Hot and cold therapy (like sauna use) may not be for everyone. Make sure to research the topic and talk with your doctor before beginning a new workout routine that involves your sauna.
**Blood gases are a measurement of how much oxygen and carbon dioxide are in your blood. They also determine the acidity (pH) of your blood.