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15 Sep 2021
Hamlet, Robin Hood and Marie Curie inspire sauna masters at Aufguss World Championships 2021

Last week marked the eighth annual Aufguss World Championships, hosted in one of the world’s biggest saunas in Katowice, southern Poland.

Aufguss is an entertaining, communal sauna ritual that – at its simplest – involves an aufguss master waving a towel to distribute the sauna’s heat, usually set to music and with essential oil fragrances adding to the experience. But the top sauna masters can get very creative, weaving in storylines, costumes, and complex movements to enhance the experience.

The event was hosted at Palac Saturna’s Colosseum Sauna Arena – capable of holding 300 people – where crowds gathered both inside and outside the facility to watch 28 of the world’s finest aufguss sauna masters from 11 different nations battle for the world titles.

The seven-day competition gathered sweat enthusiasts from around the world, including representatives from the Japanese Sauna Association.

Slovakian sauna master Robert Zidek scooped the Aufguss World Champion Single Team title with his interpretation of an ageing actor desperately trying to play the role of Hamlet, while battling his inner demons.

Zidek drew the crowd in with his vivid storytelling and was praised by judges for the variety of unique and challenging towel techniques used during his performance.

In the doubles division, The Netherlands’ Sigrid van Rijswijk & Rianne van Mierden took home the world title after their synchronised performance.

Other stories told through the championships included interpretations of Robin Hood, the biography of Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie and a performance exploring depression.

The 2021 judging panel evaluated performances based on professionalism, increase and distribution of steam/heat, waving techniques, fragrances, theme and implementation, atmosphere and team spirit.

Spa Business spoke to Lasse Eriksen, development manager for Farris Bad in Norway, who is both a judge and board member of Aufguss WM, which organises the event.

“Aufguss brings the ancient ceremonies together as each sauna master shares his/her culture through the use of fire, earth, water and air.

“It's a physical, spiritual and social experience that gives you a sense of being present in the moment,” Eriksen said.

“It’s a modern way of storytelling within the sweat room and a good storyteller can take you on the deepest, most magical journeys and combined with good steam it becomes powerful.”

The next World Championships are scheduled to be hosted in the Netherlands at Thermen Bussloo between 12-18 September 2022.


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20 Oct 2021
2021 World Spa and Wellness Award winners announced
The winners of the World Spa and Wellness (WSW) Awards have been crowned as part of the official 2021 WSW Conference, hosted on 17 and 18 October at Excel Centre in London.
20 Oct 2021
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition
A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace.
20 Oct 2021
Virtual Healing Summit to explore how to heal the self, the community and the earth
Anne Biging and Dr Elisabeth Ixmeier, founders of Healing Hotels of the World and the Healing Summit, are gathering activists, scientists and inspired leaders to host a virtual Healing Summit event on 23 October.
20 Oct 2021
Creative legends behind iconic ​​Spider-Man ride team to give talk at IAAPA Expo
The creative geniuses behind the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man darkride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park in Orlando, Florida will offer their insights into the creative process behind the iconic attraction.
18 Oct 2021
Global fitness industry gets back to live events
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade shows and industry events, following an 18-month period in which the pandemic disrupted gatherings.
16 Oct 2021
World Spa and Wellness Convention 2021 kicks off in London
Today (17 October) marks the first day of the annual World Spa and Wellness conference, hosted at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre.
15 Oct 2021
Nadine Dorries says sport and physical activity must be 'at the heart of pandemic recovery'
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, has promised that the government will place sport and physical activity "at the heart of pandemic recovery".
15 Oct 2021
Europa Park extends winter opening for the first time as part of Hallowinter celebration
For the first time in its history, Europa-Park has announced it will remain open between Halloween and the start of its winter schedule as part of a ‘HALLOWinter’ offering.
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