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JP and the 612 Sauna Society: mobilizing the Minneapolis and St. Paul sauna culture one lake plunge at a time

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.

Saunatimes Glenn and 612 Sauna Society JP before their first sauna round in Little Box Sauna by the shores of Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN April 5, 2016. 35 degrees f.
Saunatimes Glenn and 612 Sauna Society JP before their first sauna round in Little Box Sauna by the shores of Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN April 5, 2016. 35 degrees f.

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.”

Welcome JP.  Thanks and praise. (and what a dick I am at 0:27):

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3 Comments on This Post

  1. Glenn & JP you need to practice your sauna pronunciation, you keep fluctuating between Sow-na and saw-Na. I’ll give you some slack since you aren’t Finns. But since you are promoting something that is culturally Finnish and have the name in your organizations you guys need to work on your pronunciation. Since you are in Minnesota there are plenty of Finns around that can help with the lingo ;). Here is a tip, with Finnish words the emphasis is on the first syllable and the rest fade just like when you throw water on the rocks of the kiuas.

  2. Glenn I don’t understand your point, if your site was called ‘ 사우나 Times’ (Korean for sauna) then ok, but it is called ‘Sauna Times’. In the melting pot of the English language I believe that sauna is the only Finnish word to make it in so we take pride in it. If I were promoting a Korean custom then I would ask a Korean the proper terms and pronunciations and try to do them. Hope your not offended or insulted I am just trying to pass on information. When a person grows up speaking one language they miss many of the inflections of a foreign language because their ears haven’t learned to hear it and their mouths to annunciate it. I will give you slack on most Finnish words as they are tough for an English speaker to pronounce but sauna isn’t one of them 🙂

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