Making Waves in the UK Sauna Scene with Deborah Carr
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
1w ago
Sauna has exploded in popularity in the UK over the past five years, with more and more Brits seeking out authentic sauna experiences everywhere from five-star luxury spas to grassroots mobile saunas. Even more unexpected has been the rise of “aufguss” — the art of using rhythmic towel movements to circulate heat, air and essential oils in the sauna — and today’s guest has been leading the charge. Deborah Carr is a certified sauna master and the founder of Anada, which provides sauna master training, along with aufguss and other thermotherapy experiences. She’s also the Aufguss Lead for the ..read more
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Public Sweat: Where Art, Sauna & Community Collide
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
3w ago
Part art installation, part sauna village, Public Sweat took over Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for close to two months last year using an unexpected medium: the sauna. Inspired by sauna and global sweat-bathing traditions, Public Sweat featured five different sweat-bathing spaces — each designed by a different artist — that attracted more than 6,000 people, many of whom had never set foot inside a sauna before. In this episode, we’re joined by Layne Hinton, the co-founder of Art Spin, which curated Public Sweat, and Chris Foster, the lead artist and technical director of the project. Layne ..read more
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The Snowball Effect: Aufguss & Other Rituals at Thermëa Spa Village
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
1M ago
Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, Quebec, has long been considered one of North America’s premiere destinations for authentic Nordic sauna. So when Groupe Nordik recently opened a sister location near Toronto, you know Alan was one of the first in line to try it out! With over five acres of thermotherapy — including North America’s largest aufguss event sauna — Thermëa Spa Village is already making a name for itself. Want the inside scoop? Consider this episode your exclusive tour with our guest, Michelle Russell-Murray, Thermëa’s Rituals Manager. In this episode, Michelle shares the incredib ..read more
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Is Cold-Water Swimming the Secret to a Happier Life?
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
1M ago
Finland has been named the world's happiest country for seven years in a row. It’s also home to 3 million saunas for a population of 5.5 million people. And roughly one-fifth of Finns take part in something called “cold water” or “winter” swimming. Coincidence? We think not, and our guest, Katja Pantzar, agrees. A Canadian-Finnish journalist based in Helsinki, Pantzar first discovered cold-water swimming a decade ago and now swims in the Baltic Sea almost every day — all year round. She’s also the author of several books on the subject, including the bestselling The Finnish Way — about Nord ..read more
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How Eric Harkonen Created a Little Piece of Finland in Canada
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
2M ago
Sauna is just the beginning of the Finnish cultural experience that awaits visitors to Vettä Nordic Spa.  Not only can you relax and recharge with Finnish-style thermal therapy, but you can enjoy farm-to-table Finnish fare, take part in a “vihta”-making workshop and even sauna with a Finnish guide.  How did this authentic Finnish sauna oasis — located just one hour outside Toronto — come to be?  In this episode, we’re joined by Vettä owner and founder Eric Harkonen, along with brand ambassador Caroline Leppanen, to discuss all this and more, including: The immense value of s ..read more
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Smoke Sauna: The Original Hot Box with Saija Silen
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
2M ago
Today’s episode is smokin’ — literally! That’s because we’re talking about the original Finnish sauna: the smoke sauna, or “savusauna” as it’s known in Finland. While the modern saunas we’re familiar with today have only been around for the last 100 years, smoke saunas date back to the 9th century — over 1,000 years ago. So what exactly is a smoke sauna and where can you find one? To answer these questions and more, we’re joined by Saija Silen, a smoke sauna historian and chair of the Finnish Sauna Culture Association. Saija tells us about the origin of smoke saunas, how they work and the i ..read more
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The Irish Sauna Revival with Shirley Fitzpatrick
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
3M ago
A sweat-bathing renaissance is underway in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with saunas popping up from Dublin and Belfast to Cork and the Causeway Coast. How did all this happen? During Alan’s Irish sauna travels last year, one name kept coming up: Shirley Fitzpatrick. As the owner of Bosca Beatha — the first mobile sauna in Ireland back in 2012 — Shirley has been at the forefront of the Irish sauna movement for over a decade, touring the countryside and bringing her passion for sauna directly to the people. In this episode, we speak with Shirley about how Bosca Beatha came to be, the growing ..read more
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Sauna & Nudity: The Naked Truth with Dr. Ruth Barcan
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
3M ago
Can you imagine being naked in a sauna with strangers? Or maybe you can’t imagine it any other way? Nudity in the sauna is a polarizing topic. For some, the idea of going “au naturel” is unthinkable, while for others, “textile-free” is the only way to go. Why the divide? To get to the, ahem, bottom of the issue, we’re speaking with Dr. Ruth Barcan, a professor in the Gender and Cultural Studies department at the University of Sydney, and the author of Nudity: A Cultural Anatomy. In this episode, Dr. Barcan shares: Where some of our hang-ups with nudity come from Why so many people today eq ..read more
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The Art of Aufguss with Jade Coulombe
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
4M ago
It’s taken the European sauna world by storm, and it’s starting to make waves in North America, too. Aufguss is the art of using rhythmic towel movements to circulate heat, air and essential oils in the sauna, creating a thermal experience like no other. While aufguss can be calm and meditative, it can have a huge performance aspect as well — with music, lights, costumes, singing, choreography and even smoke machines used for theatrical effect. To find out more, we’re speaking with Jade Coulombe, a Canadian “aufgussier” and past winner of the “Battle of the Gladiators” at the World Aufguss ..read more
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Can Sauna Save Your Marriage?
Kivia: The Spirit of Sauna
by Memory Tree Productions
4M ago
Christopher and Julie Rice were at a low point in their relationship. After 10 years of marriage and four kids, the Minnesota couple had lost their spark, and were increasingly growing apart. Then they discovered sauna — and everything changed. In this episode, we’re speaking to Christopher and Julie about how their shared love of sauna helped reignite their love for each other — and how they went from complete sauna newbies to sauna evangelists, sharing their passion for sweat on Chris’s blog, SaunaDigest.com, and Facebook group, Wood-Burning Sauna, which has attracted over 6,500 members to ..read more
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