Every day, Schoneck takes time away from work to spend some quiet time alone in his sauna – a small, simple model that he built in his garage in late 2019. "Being able to go in there, either before work or mid-day if I need to step away from something, it's been really nice." Sometimes he'll bring a book, sometimes he'll listen to a podcast, and sometimes he simply sits quietly and meditates. "If I have enough time, I'll do a cycle – 20 minutes in the sauna, then a cold shower, then back to the sauna, then a cold shower." Schoneck appreciates the ability to truly get away from everything – work, TV, the phone, the dog, and appreciate the clean and quiet.
Schoneck was first drawn to the sauna experience while on a trip to Germany. Purely out of curiosity, he took a quick trip from Munich to Erding, and spent a day at Therme Erding, the biggest thermal spa in the world. Amazed by the complexity that the spa process can take and fascinated by the physical and mental cleansing he experienced, he made a habit of regularly spending time in a spa when he returned to the States. "I worked in advertising in midtown Manhattan for a while, and I loved that during my lunch break I could run to the gym, grab a twenty minute sauna, shower, and grab lunch at a halal cart on the way back to work." Now that he's in Texas with his own place, Schoneck prefers to sweat it out in the privacy – and cleanliness – of his own space.