The Finnish tradition of the sauna (pronounced “sow-na”) is so ingrained in the culture, that Finns make plans for the tiny, wood-lined boxes in their new homes. While not everyone is lucky enough to have a sauna in their own home (much less a tiny house), the mobile sauna is becoming more of an option in cities around the world.
Can’t fit a sauna in your tiny house? Look for a mobile sauna in your area.
The sauna has been touted as a health benefit for thousands of years. The modern dry sauna is usually a small room heated by a wood or rock stove where temperatures can reach 150 to 190 degrees F. Water can be added to the hot rocks to create steam, but the traditional sauna is usually dry. Sweating in the sauna releases tension and toxins and each session is usually followed by a cool shower.
The HotBox mobile sauna in New York can fit 8 to 10 people…
…who can then cool down with a low-tech shower.
If you want to learn more about mobile saunas, check out the book Mobile Saunas: A compendium of modern nomadic sweats by Karlis Otto Kalnins. The book features a collection of saunas built on trucks, trailers, trains and even bikes. Taking a cue from tiny houses on wheels and travel trailers, these three mobile saunas can be accessed for a quick sweat or rented out for special events.
Mobile Hotspot is a traveling sauna, massage and yoga service that services Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The exterior is similar to a tiny horse trailer, but the interior is lined with cedar wood, benches and a river stone-fired stove.
Little Box Sauna
Little Box Sauna is located in Minnesota (for those extra cold winters) and offers a mobile sauna with a changing room. The room is heated with a propane heater The Little Box can be rented for private or public events.
HotBox Mobile Sauna
HotBox is a New York City-based mobile sauna with a wood-burning stove. The HotBox can fit about 10 people and is heated to 180 degrees. The HotBox travels around the city and also offers a cool outdoor shower.