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March 29th, 2009


snooksabooksa
09:38 pm - Hello'
Hello I am Nicole. I luv the sauna like all scandinavians. I am here in American for a time (being from Bergen Norway) myself and my friend Juni were at a gym sauna recently. After working out   we went to the locker room and took off our kit, and walked about 40 meters to the sauna. We were not wearing towels and the looks we got from other women were strange. Upon being in the hothouse we took towel and placed them down then sitting. Everyone else was wrapping a towel,this made us grin. There is no point to a sauna if you wear cloths or such. Why are people here so uptight ? whole families in Norway sauna together. I can recall seeing my grandparents nude when I was little. It was no fuse. ach, I thought you would find this funny.

I am new to LJ looking for nice friends :)

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July 9th, 2006


muggio
04:09 pm - My first post
I tried a little video about the usage of the towel...

Hallo everyone ;)

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April 27th, 2006


wonderingwoman
02:20 pm - For the ladies
I'm not really much of a beach girl, but I was curious how many of us that advocate sauna nudity go topless on beaches?

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April 11th, 2006


tuuli_chan
12:26 pm
I wasted some time today at the library reading a book called Some Like It Hot: The Sauna, It's Lore And Stories by Nicolyn Rajala. Just mentioning cause I found it quite interesting... (it even mentions the sauna sausages, davewhat!) though it could have used a little more material on the lore side, if you ask me. ^~ But anyways, it's a good read for anyone interested in the history and usage of saunas.

Just for fun... the sauna rules:

1. Sit on top bench at your own risk.
2. Remember this: Too much steam gets you real dizzy. You stumble down and break your bones at own risk.
3. If sweat gets in your eyes, just blink a couple of times.
4. If you get sliver in your backside from the bench, don't holler too loud. Neighbours will think you're butchering a pig and will be looking for pork chops next day.
5. When you're all done (or if you slip on the soap) put it back in the soap dish. Don't leave it melting on the bench.
6. If you get too hot go jump in the lake!

And a story: The Farmer, the Devil and the Sauna.

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March 13th, 2006


wonderingwoman
05:16 pm - What Do You Want To Know?
I'm helping a friend design a survey about sauna usage around the world. When it's done, there will be a link here and in other places on the web. The idea is to catch all sorts of sauna-goers, even those who don't much like it and those who insist on wearing a swimsuit.

It will mostly be multiple-choice, and will aim to find correlations between answers.

Are there any questions would you like to see answered?
Any statistic you've always wanted to know?

So there are questions to directly ask people, and questions to ask the survey - for which we will need to make sure we are collecting the right data.

For example:

Question to ask people:
"Do you believe in the Sauna Gnome?"

Question to ask the data:
"Do people who sauna naked spend longer in the sauna than people who wear a costume?"
This indirect question needs us to add the following direct questions:
"How long do you spend in the sauna?"
"What do you wear to sauna?"

We already have a bunch of ideas but I thought it was worth letting you guys have some input into the creation of the survey. You don't have to worry about the exact detail of how we work it out - I just want some more ideas of what you'd want to know.

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March 2nd, 2006


tuuli_chan
03:08 pm
^.^ Just for fun I made one of those "I love" banners for sauna. Plus a couple of random sauna icons... If you want to take a look, they're here.

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February 12th, 2006


tuuli_chan
08:53 pm
I almost forgot about the sauna story I mentioned... well, here it is.I wrote it originally in Finnish, but since it was for one English writing community, I had to translate it. I know that there are some parts that don't flow that well, but... just ignore it, ok? ^^;

If you know Finnish, the original is posted here: http://community.livejournal.com/mysticquill/27764.html


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I saw an interesting piece of statistics the other day, by the way: 15% of Finns go to church on Christmas Eve, 11% on Christmas Day... and 69% go to sauna during Christmas. ^^ I guess that tells something about its importance, even though many of the old beliefs and sauna rites have died away. Some traditions are still alive. For example, going to sauna is very often a part of a bachelor’s party, as a memory of going to sauna on the day before weddings. There the bride’s place has been decorated, and there are different rites to perform to make the marriage good. If there is someone in the group who wishes to get married she has to sit on the bride’s place. I don’t know if there are similar things for men, though...
Current Mood: sleepysleepy

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February 7th, 2006


naked_cyclist
12:03 am - Sydney Sauna
Hi everyone,

I learned about the joy of Sauna bathing when I was very young because my family had some German friends when I was little. Then I went to Sweden for a year when I was in High School and enjoyed lots of saunas there, it was a teenage boys dream come true!

Anyway now I am a father with two daughters of my own, we bought a house here in Sydney that used to belong to a Finnish family, one of my main motivations for buying this house was the beautiful hand built cedar sauna. Now I am a hopeless addict and can't go away anywhere if there is no sauna to be had there!

Keep on steaming people!

and don't forget to feed the banak...

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February 4th, 2006


tuuli_chan
12:30 am - Another Finnish newbie
Hello! Another Finn here who just joined the community! (And who really should be in bed by now, but so what.) I absolutely love going to sauna, and at home we have sauna four times a week (every day when we're at our summer house. That's mainly because of my dad though... not that I were complaining, of course. ^^) Right now I'm on exchange in Sweden, and I'm very glad indeed about the fact that there's a small sauna in the house where I live, which also luckily (or sadly?) isn't that popular so I can go there pretty often.

I'm not sure if this interests you, but a little ago I updated my homepage with some things I wrote about sauna, after having a talk about it with some other exchange students.

And... since there seems to have been some talk about the sauna gnome... would anyone be interested in reading one fictional story I wrote a little ago that's sort of related to that subject? I could post it here but if no one's going to read it, there's no point to bother, I guess. ^.~

...now, bedtime.

~Tuuli

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December 16th, 2005


ashley_y
09:55 am - Banya 5

Banya 5, which I went to for the first time yesterday evening after work, is absolute heaven. It's clothing-optional on single-sex days (Wednesdays for women, Thursdays for men), which I much prefer.

First thing to do is the hot tub, which is kept at the optimal 104°F and has jets and bubbles. Once you're warmed up enough, you proceed to the steam room. Here the steam blasts out in long bursts every few minutes or so, filling the small room while you sweat. Small sprigs of eucalyptus (I think) near the door scent the steam. This is the most challenging part for me, as I'm not used to breathing such hot wet air, and the first time made the blood around my head buzz.

After that, you move on to the parilka, the heart of the bath-house, behind a heavy wooden door. This is kept at 200-220°F, but it's a much drier heat. You stay for as long as you can stand it, and then plunge into the cold pool, which I was informed was kept at the same temperature as Puget Sound, around 55°F. Especially important is to dip your head under to cool the brain, the heating of which I was cheerfully told was responsible for the "fight or flight" response that made you leave the parilka. At this point your body is starting to sing. Finally, dip in the 85°F salt pool: this is the most pleasurable part. When I did this I felt so relaxed and so full of somatic energy I noticed a change in my consciousness.

Then do it all over again (or whatever you feel like). I did this little cycle five times over the course of about three hours. Afterwards I felt more relaxed than a sleeping cat.

Everything is very clean, and pretty much everything you need (towels etc.) is provided. There are lockers and showers and a drinking fountain of course. A visit costs $30+tax for as long as you like, and they're open 2pm-11pm (10pm Wednesdays).

If you're in Seattle, you must do this; your body will love you for it.

(From my journal.)


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