Sauna culture heats up in North America
Relaxing the old fashioned way
In most North American spas services are done to you. Key concepts for The Lost Faucet is its self-directed and personalized experience. It is more affordable than most day spas in Canada. We have a ‘you know you best’ philosophy. As such, we offer self-administered foot soaks, body scrubs, lufas, facials and body hydration for purchase. A major draw for hard core sweaters is the complimentary Aufgusses (intense infused vapour wafted with towels) and infusions (an aroma infused – often mentholated water – that is placed over the hot sauna rocks and produces a pleasurable vapour). Bathers can also opt for a self-administered venik (a tradition of stimulating the sweating process through whisking oneself with tree branches). These are the key ingredients to raising the body temperature in order to sweat and cool, which is how clients reach their optimum health benefits. Though the urban sauna house model is drawn from northern and eastern European traditions, there has been a resurgence of the hot, cold and resting cycle in North America. Quebec is known for its large sauna complexes that are expanding westward in Canada. We have seen large Nordic-style spas open in Winnipeg, Whistler, and Kananaskis, and there soon will be two in Edmonton. Meanwhile, in the mid-west USA and the Pacific Northwest USA, we are seeing smaller mobile style, urban and traditional natural saunas emerge. If you would like to learn more about the building of the sauna culture in North America, please contact Lisa – she will be happy to share her passion and knowledge of how North America is changing the way they cope with winter through sauna!