the authentic sauna ladder
For many, authentic sauna nirvana is achieved via a series of steps up the authentic sauna ladder to good heat. It can start with a marketing brochure or steamy instagram click through ad from an aggressive infrared light bulb closet marketing huckster.
Then, after experiencing light bulbs for awhile, many have sat upon the top bench of a health club “sauna”, staring too long at the “don’t throw water on the rocks” sign. It’s hard to break a sweat. The door opens and closes constantly. We try to block out the comings and goings of yahoos chewing gum, humming along to Lady Gaga through their headphones, and doing calisthenics and acrobats learned from the latest Wizard of Oz health guru. A deadbeat sauna.
And many never graduate from these marginalized experiences. Sauna probably doesn’t mean that much to many, and that’s just fine.
Yet, for those into sauna and all its goodness, the biggest climb up the authentic sauna ladder happens when we experience really good heat. For many, the love of good sauna happens at the first steam. In a matter of seconds, upon entering the hot room of a really good sauna, we are met with thick dense heat. Not baseboard heat, or light bulb heat(?), but really thick dense heat that envelopes us completely.
Even better, a really good sauna breathes fresh air through good ventilation. Really hot and fresh air seems inversely impossible, but when we climb the ladder to good sauna, we gain an understanding of lämpomassa through empiricism in the authentic and radiating age. Heating mass vs. air and all kinds of stuff best explained by a thermodynamic engineer, yet easily felt by those of us sitting on the bench.
Then when an experienced sauna goer hits some water on the rocks… bam. Love at first steam.
Sometimes it’s hard to describe good sauna to those settled down lower on the sauna ladder. And it’s delicate to reach down with a helping hand without sounding like a dick or a sauna snob.
But good heat is universal
Many have found love at first steam while vacationing in places like Northern Minnesota, partaking in a kick ass authentic sauna by the shoreline of a crisp clear lake. Many have found love at first steam visiting a friend who has built their own backyard health and wellness retreat thanks to advice and direction within a DIY ebook on how to build an authentic sauna. Some have come back from a Euro. trip to the Nordic regions with a radiating glow from experiencing really good sauna.
Like a candle that lights another candle, more and more people are climbing the ladder to experiencing really good sauna.
Once you find good heat, it’s easy to feel love at first steam.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was inspired by Andrew M.’s comment to this post here.