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04 May 2023
Rudding Park hosts inaugural UK Aufguss Championships

During 25-26 April, the UK's first-ever national Aufguss Championship contest took place at
luxury UK hotel and destination spa Rudding Park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Growing in popularity globally, the aufguss sauna ritual involves an aufguss master waving a towel to distribute the sauna’s heat and often essential oils, with corresponding music and lighting. The top sauna masters can get very creative, weaving in storylines, costumes and complex movements to enhance the experience.

After fierce competition, Pavel Poliacek – a sauna master from Galgorm in Northern Ireland – was crowned as the winner of the individual category and the first-ever UK Aufguss Champion. He’ll now go on to represent the UK in the Aufguss World Championships at Satama Sauna Resort in Germany from 11-17 September 2023.

The event drew a large audience of sweat enthusiasts and was comprised of the great and the good from the spa and sauna world, with guests even jetting in from as far as Japan.

Robert Zidek and Eliska Zidek Blazek, world champion aufguss masters from the Czech Republic, also jetted in to perform exhibition aufguss at the two-day event.

The UK championship was judged by:
• Head judge Lasse Eriksen (vice president, Aufguss WM).
• Lay Pang Ong (Art of Aufguss champion).
• Heonsok Kim (vice president of Japan Sauna & Spa Association).
• Deborah Carr (aufguss training provider from Anada Spa and Wellness).

The awards ceremony took place in Rudding Park Chapel and the Rudding Park spa team also had reason to celebrate as its senior spa therapist Jena Robinson placed second in the competition. Robinson will now go on to the next stage of playoffs at Farris Bad in Norway in September.

Renato Neto, Rudding Park spa duty manager, will join Robinson as they take their Team Aufguss performance – ‘a Tribute to Queen Elizabeth’ – to the playoffs.

Sarah Johnson, head of spa at Rudding Park, said: “As the first UK spa to introduce aufguss, we were thrilled to host this prestigious event and it was wonderful to see the creativity and passion of all the competitors.

“Aufguss is an experience we’ve been offering to our guests forseveralf years now and, together with the British Sauna Society we’re keen to increase awareness of the ritual within the industry and to spa-goers throughout the country.”

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16 May 2023
RWS reveals new name, creates a 'powerhouse team' with JRA, Ted and ARC
RWS Entertainment Group, based in New York City, has relaunched as RWS Global to create one 'powerhouse team'.
09 May 2023
Spa professionals gather in Vegas as ISPA Conference and Expo 2023 gets underway
International spa and wellness professionals have flocked to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend the 31st annual ISPA Conference and Expo, kicking off today at the Mandalay Bay hotel.
24 Apr 2023
Medical Wellness Congress 2023 gets underway in Austria
International spa, medical, aesthetic and wellness professionals are congregating today in Austria at St. Martins Spa and Lodge for the second annual Medical Wellness Congress (MWC).
14 Apr 2023
Deloitte, McKinsey and European Datahub join Chuck Runyon in stellar speaker lineup at EHFF
European fitness operators have seen a strong return of members to their facilities, although there are continuing signs that the way customers are consuming fitness has been changed by the pandemic.
13 Apr 2023
Speaker line-up revealed for 2023 GWS Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is gearing up to host its second annual Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium at JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, on 2 May 2023.
30 Mar 2023
New federation – World Active – reveals its charter and manifesto ahead of inauguration at FIBO
World Active has finalised its charter, which it plans to adopt at its first-ever general assembly held during the FIBO Global Fitness in Cologne in April.
08 Mar 2023
Kamalaya takes top honours at 2023 World Spa and Wellness Awards ceremony
The winners of the World Spa & Wellness (WSW) Awards were announced at a gala dinner last weekend during the 2023 WSW conference in London.
03 Mar 2023
Cathy Feliciano-Chon, Ali Al Kuwari named 2023 Global Wellness Summit co-chairs
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Cathy Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Qatar-based developer Msheireb Properties, as co-chairs of its 2023 summit.
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