A team from Superior Sauna & Steam will embark on a 12-day journey early next week to research and document  the techniques that were once used in ancient steam rooms in Mexico and Guatemala. They will bring what they’ve learned back home to  Ashland, Wisconsin where they will incorporate these ancient techniques into their current, cutting-edge sauna building technologies - all in an effort to bring their customers a new and innovative product that is backed by thousands of years of traditions.

Chuck Porter, owner and managing partner of Superior Saunas, has one mission: to help educate others on how they can live out their best lives - with saunaing being a major factor in one’s health and wellness journey.

“I’ve dedicated my life to helping others extend their own,” says Porter.


The crew is made up of six individuals: owner and founder of Superior Saunas, Chuck Porter; videographer and photographer, James Netz; Sauna Technician, Elliot Wood; Investor and part-owner, Colonel Mark Follett; on-screen talent and Mexico native, Olga Vargas; and blogger, Kassie Dalsveen. They will start their expedition in the small town of Palenque, Mexico, where they will visit one of the most important archaeological zones of Maya Culture, Palenque. They will then spend the next few days exploring Yaxchilan, Bonampak, and Piedras Negas in Guatemala.

“We are essentially going on a safari in the jungles of southern Mexico and Guatemala. We’ll visit five Mayan and Aztec ancient cities, all with the help of an archaeologist who will serve as our guide and translator along the way,” explained Porter. “Our goal is to use what we learn to create a sauna experience that uses a combination of ancient healing techniques along with the modern-day technologies that we have access to here now.”


For centuries, saunas have been enjoyed around the world for various health benefits. Saunas are known for being a major stress reliever.They help soothe sore muscles and joints, improve blood circulation, burn calories, and flush toxins from the body through sweating.

The sauna bath is a holistic experience which produces a psychosomatic event. There are measurable and predictable physical, psychic and social impacts. Additionally, the sauna leads to relaxation, enjoyment and a feeling of well-being. While there are many physical and mental benefits, a primary outcome is simple pleasure. In the sauna, psychic and somatic elements come together in a unified experience. The sauna can provide a needed escape and refuge and is a place where bathers leave the rational mind, unnecessary analysis and criticism on the outside.


The crew will document their experience along the way through daily blogs and filming every step of the way. Stay tuned for more updates as the team prepares for departure.

Established 18 years ago, Superior Saunas is a leading manufacturer and distributor of custom and prefabricated saunas located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior in Ashland, Wisconsin. Our saunas are sold worldwide. Superior Saunas is a health and wellness company that is dedicated to helping people live their best lives.

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