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Thursday 17 January 2019
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20 Jun 2018
International Sauna Congress brings together delegates from around the world

The 17th International Sauna Congress took place earlier this month in the twin cities of Haparanda and Tornio, on the border between Sweden and Finland.

Organised by the International Sauna Association (ISA), the event is held every four years in different parts of the world, and is a mixture of scientific presentations, workshops, sauna bathing, food, music, excursions and activities. Presentations and workshops cover three areas: health science, history and culture, and technology and design.

More than 200 people from 24 countries attended the event, including delegates from new sauna countries such as Pakistan and Kenya, as well as a group of 20 delegates from Japan.

Presentations covered the globe, from Sydney to Seattle. Seminar topics focused on research into saunas and health, including the effects of saunas on cardiovascular health and gene expression; cultural presentations on shinrin yoku (forest bathing) and sauna; the vanishing practice of Estonian smoke saunas; and modern Lithuanian baths.

Technology, design and architecture were explored in presentations on sauna stoves, contemporary sauna architecture, design vs function, and the new sauna movement in the UK.

Twelve workshops delved in to topics including Finnish sauna design, building a mobile smoke sauna, sauna as a part of radical inclusion and a place to connect, Russian banya and youth culture, and sauna culture in Japan.

An opening barbeque at Kukkolaforsen celebrated the International Sauna Association’s 60th anniversary, was followed by a chance to explore the 18 area saunas in a Midnight Sun Sauna.

“An important part of the event is the practical side, meaning sauna visits in interesting historical places, whisking, making whisks according to old habits, etc.,” said Risto Elomaa, ISA president. “We hope that the visitors can bring some of that sauna culture and experiences with them when going back home.”



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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
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11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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