Sauna Talk is a show about the authentic sauna experience. Recorded (often) on the sauna bench, we talk with interesting guests about sauna including such aspects as building sauna, enjoying sauna, and health and wellness benefits to sauna. The rising sauna tide is lifting many boats and we look forward to some left turns that we hope to keep listeners on and off the more enjoyable and less trampled authentic sauna trail.
Sauna Talk: Eero Kipi, North American Sauna Society
Let’s welcome Eero Kipi to Sauna Talk! President of North American Sauna Society.
The time we are living is very exciting. More and more people are becoming interested in and aware of the authentic sauna practice. In this episode, we get an understanding from Eero about his upbringing with sauna. And this experience is most likely not much different from most all Finns. A country of “more saunas than cars” and a country where many start taking saunas before they are old enough to start walking.
Eero understands good sauna.
The North America Sauna Society was founded in 2004.
Sauna bathing is a very well regulated process with no regulation.
Sauna Talk: Sauna Sherpa Guides People Into The World Of The Finnish Sauna
Sauna Talk global series continues. Today we welcome Sauna Sherpa to Sauna Talk. His real name is Kimmo Raitio, but he’s known around many of the many saunas in Finland as Sauna Sherpa. He is a Sauna Sherpa guide to Finnish sauna.
Like many Finns, (all Finns?) Kimmo grew up with sauna. Like many Finns (all Finns?) Kimmo takes good heat seriously, and welcomes those interested in learning more about sauna with a clear and open mind and discussion. And this is what you will hear in this episode.
More and more tourists and business travelers were coming to Finland with a keen interest to experience the Finnish sauna. And so Kimmo began taking people around to different saunas in his homeland. This was how the concept of Sauna Sherpa came about. The global pandemic has put a hold on Sauna Sherpa, but the love for an appreciation of good sauna is still very much deep in his bones.
Sauna Sherpa guide to Finnish sauna In this episode, we hear interesting antidotes of the Finnish sauna. When asked about what makes a good sauna, Kimmo, answers in succinctly Finnish style (very few words).
Ventilation Heat Steam (humidity).We touch upon the nudity in sauna subject, and how it is in Finland, compared to Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. We discuss the rebound of the public sauna, as it is in Finland paralleling many parts of the World.
The connection between Japan and Finland.
Drinking beer, and the ethos of being healthy and happy with sauna.
Sauna Talk: Dr. Colin Zestcott Leading Research On Sauna Mental Health Studies
On this episode of Sauna Talk, we are able to visit with Dr. Zestcott about a current study under way regarding sauna mental health studies for the Sauna Research Institute. This is a survey based study analyzing the mental health benefits to sauna. The link to the sauna mental health studies work is here.
It’s particularly interesting to learn how Colin has a keen experience and understanding of what we know of as “good sauna.” The real sauna with good heat and proper cool downs which can include a range of coldness including a lake swim, cold plunge, snow angels, a bucket of water over ones’ head. Colin is reporting in from Duluth Minnesota where he teaches at the College of St. Scholastica, a place where a high of one degree above zero Fahrenheit is not uncommon.
research surrounding sauna mental health studies We learn about the budding tree of scientific mental health studies. How survey based work follows certain protocols. We discuss how sauna can potentially be applied to help people in areas such as anxiety and PTSD. We draw upon some work that has taken place with the Native American Sweatlodge and veterans. Much more can be done with global in broad ranging collaboration.
I’m doing my best to get the word out on this study as the more participants involved means more sound data to build upon for the study as well as next phase of research.
So, I hope you are able to respond to the request for participants for this study. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please welcome to Sauna Talk Dr. Colin Zestcott.
Sauna Talk: Mika And Wendy From Great Britain
The Sauna Talk global cross continent series continues We are pleased to welcome Mika Meskanen and his partner Wendy Liu to this joint podcast. We are publishing this episode on Sauna Talk as well as on their new podcast. Mika and Wendy are fresh on the beginnings of their enterprise entitled: Saunawave where they look to be “hosting meetings with remarkable heat seekers and embark on secret journeys to explore the new wave of global sauna culture”. As a designer and an architect they are also keen to craft sauna experiences that are both innovative and true to tradition.
This conversation happened via tele computer, late 2020. Glenn close to his Minneapolis backyard sauna and Mika and Wendy from their London home.
A great visit, where Mika and Wendy were inquisitive about the American sauna culture and environment. Here, we talk about the Sauna Belt in the US, which compares only to the bible belt, rust belt, and other belts mentioned by Mika, only in comparative context that they are belts.
We discuss how the best saunas are the ones that get used Mika is founder of the British Sauna Society. He and Wendy are a couple who have helped bring a growing and enthusiastic group of British sauna enthusiasts together. Mika by all rights should fill out a waiver form. As he is a Finn living in Great Britain, he has an inside track as to what good sauna means as it is surely in his DNA. Yet who better to lead the charge of the British Sauna Society. Wendy is a fearless and open-minded sauna explorer as well as a front-page ice free diver. Mika and Wendy are kind and thoughtful. They are kindred spirits. They understand and value the depth sauna. The soul of sauna, the goodness behind good sauna, and the sanctity of sauna. Authentic sauna.
Sauna Talk: Travis Skinner Reminds Us That Sauna Building Can Be Art
We are pleased to welcome Travis Skinner to Sauna Talk!
We’ve been following Travis’ work since 2017, starting with his Snail Shell sauna project. This sauna build project is a creative nod to the Fibonacci Sequence, one of the most famous formulas in mathematics. In this episode you’ll hear from Travis about the origins of this sauna, using a yurt frame as a foundation for building this sauna.
And let’s not forget the Steam Roller sauna. Here is a link that describes and illustrates the Steam Roller sauna build project. A really unique shape. A canted wall that helps draw and roll the steam in the hot room.
Then, it’s on to the Angler Fish sauna project. We wrote this sauna build project in 2018.
And now we get to hear from the creator, designer and builder: Travis Skinner.
We’ll learn about the “stacking function of sauna.” Where sauna can be multi function, multi purpose.
Travis has a key interest in collaboration. Coming together with other artisans to craft as much as possible with their hands.
“Working with hand tools allow us to feel the materials we work with” explains Travis.
On a side note, my interview with Travis reminded me of some of the most resonating aspects to sauna design and building. The right brain conceptualizing. Travis stays far away from what could be called “tradesmen dogma”. There is no “you should do this” or “don’t do that” with Travis and sauna building. Rules, rigidity, and fear are not a part of Travis’ mindset.
Travis’ approach was so timely and refreshing to me. As I look to help others with their own sauna building projects, many are easy tripped up and entangled with fear based push backs from tradesmen: thermal bridging, moisture trapping, off gassing and other terms hidden as “advice”. You’d like to think that professional builders are really out to help people, but often they appear to want to pound their chests to the casual amateur sauna builder. Is it fear, insecurity, stubbornness? Who knows, but what we do know is that Travis exudes none of this.
Travis is an artist in all the best sense of the word. He is as happy working with metal as he is with wood. He respects the origins of his material and is hyper conscious throughout his entire plan and build process.
We catch up with Travis outside of his tiny house in Bellingham Bay, close to Canada in Washington State.To keep up with Travis and his creations, please visit him at www.100handed.org. Instagram @pairoducks
Sauna Talk: Max Valadzko from the Backyard Belarus Banya Bench
Season 4 of Sauna Talk in the time of corona has been produced, like most all podcasts, via Zoom and teleconferencing. Yet this episode breaks that mold, where two people are gathered, once again, on the sauna bench to, er… sauna talk. Both Max and Glenn have been under pretty strict distancing: Glenn returning from 5 months on his island in Northeast Minnesota and Max running a tight ship, with his wife due in December with their third child. (eg. no messing around).
So, this episode is a return to Sauna Talk on the bench Max comes to sauna, banya as its called back in his native land of Belarus, through a life long tradition and experience.
“When I say 95 out of 100 of Belarusians go to sauna – I mean 95% of my friends and family that I know in Belarus go to sauna regularly.”
This is the culture of sweat bathing in Belarus.
Баня (Banya) is the Russian word for sauna; Лазьня (Laznya) is the Belarusian word for sauna, but most of the people who live in Belarus use word banya since they speak Russian as their first language.
Banya in Belarus is a way to get clean. Belarus is a country where the government shuts off hot water from time to time. Belarus is a country with not as developed plumbing infrastructure. Belarus is a country that is f****d up right now. Bad politics. Belarus is a country where people are beaten for protesting the system. People lose their jobs for speaking out. People disappear, and are never heard from again.
Belarus is a country of great people, with a f****d up Government Max is committed to help support people in his homeland. Max is committed to build a mobile banya to help get people together. Mainly people from his country who have emigrated to Minnesota. Max and a lot of his friends who live in the US buy groceries for people in Belarus who lost their jobs due to their pro-democratic political beliefs and raise money to help people in Belarus in need.
Saunatimes is helping Max.
This podcast introduces you to the wonderfulness of banya as something positive and galvanizing. In the wake of a lot of b******t at home, Max stays positive and hopeful, thanks to his positive outlook and supported by the endorphin rushing through the authentic sauna/banya experience.
Learning the magic of sauna
Putting the final touches of my sauna(built following Glenn’s ebook), enjoying the podcast and learning “how to sauna”. Thanks
Love the authentic passion and delivery
I’ve been living with an ever growing curiosity of Sauna. To date my experience is only with health club electric saunas. During my research of learning more about Sauna and which style I’d like to have at my home, I came across Saunatimes.com and subsequently Sauna Talk. Glenn’s genuine passion for Sauna is evident and infectious. The show is the right amount of polish. Lightly edited, good audio quality and great easy listening where you will always be learning more about Sauna. It’s like you are on the bench with Glenn and his guests. Love this show! Nice work Glenn from your neighbor in Bloomington MN!
Love the sauna talk
I’m a new convert to sauna and am thinking about building one at home in Minneapolis. This podcast and the Sauna Times sure have been amazing resources.