They say there are two types of people in the world, those that say there are two types of people in the world and those that don’t.
As it relates to mobilizing sauna culture in North America, there are also two types of people in the world, those that don’t give a shit and those that get off the couch and make things happen. And a recent census study reports the former at 99% and the ladder less than 1%. But someone built the first craft brewery in America. Someone started the first yoga studio in America. And someone created the first drinking glass made out of ice between sauna rounds.
JP ships. JP gives a shit.
JP doesn’t have dollars in his eyes, but a deep integrity towards advancing and sharing the health and wellness benefits of sauna: the physical benefits, as well as the societal benefits. The physical benefits to sauna have been detailed in multiple places, including here. Societally speaking, in JP’s interview with Max Musicant, founder Musicant group, we start to understand about how mobile urban sauna can “create spaces where people want to be” and the deep need for public spaces where folks can gather “hanging out and doing something healthy, and social, and having a good time. We need more of that.”
There’s something magical about bringing a sauna party to someplace unexpected. Here in Minneapolis, MN, I helped my friend John build his mobile sauna. Labeled “The 612 sauna” for the Minneapolis area code, this sauna started as a tiny house, and was enhanced via the integration of an interior tongue and groove cedar hot room, wood burning stove, changing room, and upstairs loft.
For folks living with intense building code restrictions, a mobile sauna may be the right answer to be able to enjoy an authentic outdoor sauna, then trailer it around to your next party.
Check out more of the 612 Mobile Sauna here.
Those of us who don’t own a sauna can invest in the experience of authentic sauna, thanks to the 612 Sauna Society.
Those of us with cabin saunas or backyard saunas may not be as compelled to want to sauna in the public domain. But the 612 Sauna offers us the ability to enjoy the experience together.
As John Munger, Director of the Loppet Foundation says, “we can ski alone, or we can bike alone, but it’s more fun to do these things together.”
A good sauna starts with the stove. Not just any stove but a stove that provides a massive amount of thermal mass. Good heat penetrates deep in the body. Good heat doesn’t sting your ears as if you’re sticking your head in a boiler oven. A good sauna stove holds a ton of rock (well, several hundreds of pounds of rock). A good sauna stove reflects the steam (Loyly) softly, yet intensely. Good heat is not spoken but felt deep in our bones. The 612 Sauna offers really good heat.
Sauna in the public domain can be tricky. Sitting in close quarters next to people we don’t know can be a little strange. However, as Bigert and Bergström describe, based upon their Solar Egg Sauna, “when we sit on the sauna bench we are all equal.” The 612 Sauna has great flow. We can get in and out of the hot room with ease. From any bench seat, we are able to come and go at will.
The 612 Sauna is built within an 8’x24′ mobile trailer. This is big. The hot room holds 10 people comfortably. No compromise was made with the changing area, a space often confined with boots, coats, towels, water bottles, hats, socks, shirts.. you get the idea. The outdoor zone, the “3rd space,” is well defined. The outdoor chill out zone includes ample bench seating, fire pit, 5 gallon water container, and everything one needs to feel the endorphins rushing while hanging out in the garden all misty wet with rain.
Sauna and Nature are intertwined. No intent to throw hotel or health club saunas too far under the bus, but the 612 Sauna celebrates Nature. Fresh air and old growth trees are only steps from the hot room door. Whether in the shadows of Wirth Park Trailhead or along the shores of an area of Minneapolis lake with actor Owen Wilson, being a mobile unit, the 612 Sauna is able to be deployed surrounding Nature.
The 612 sauna travels with an easy to assemble outdoor shower. Are you benefiting from the clean rinse after every round? Almost all 612 Sauna bathers seem to be hitting the fresh cold water shower between their sauna rounds. Wim Hof would be pleased. Brown fat thermogenetic blood alkaline autonomic nervous system activation fans unite! Jumping into a cold lake or enjoying a nICE cold shower helps us take the sauna experience to an 11.
The 612 sauna has conscious lighting. Subtle, minimal, functional yet aesthetically pleasing.
“You good?” asks Kurt. He’s like an expert trail guide: there when you need him, but allows you to enjoy your own experience. You hike with more confidence. You get the idea that with Kurt as your guide, should you fall and be unable to walk, he’d wrap up your ankle and carry you back to camp.