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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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22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
21 May 2019
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams to keynote at Active Uprising 2019
Sports psychologist Jeremy Snape and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams are among the keynote speakers at this year's Active Uprising.
17 May 2019
IAAPA returns to Shanghai in June with rebranded Asian expo
Formerly the Asian Attractions Expo, (AAE) the newly-rechristened IAAPA Expo Asia (IEA) takes its first steps under its new name from 11-14 June.
17 May 2019
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced a new topic for the event: how purpose needs to be at the very heart of corporate culture and how creating a purpose- focused company is the path to more profitable, successful businesses.
17 May 2019
Wellness Week 2019 launches at the Technogym Forum
Wellness Week 2019 has kicked off in Romagna, Italy. The event will run from 17 to 26 May.
16 May 2019
Jenny Patrickson: mental health qualification gaining interest
A new qualification focusing on mental health – one of the first of its kind for the physical activity and fitness industry – is creating interest across the sector.
15 May 2019
Work begins on £520m Birmingham Commonwealth Games village
Construction work has begun on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village – the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Games.
15 May 2019
BaseballSoftballUK looks for lasting legacy from MLB's London series
BaseballSoftballUK is hoping to use this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) London Series to give the sport a push and increase its popularity across the country.
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