“It’s an experience we have been offering to our guests for a number of years now and, together with the British Sauna Society we are keen to increase awareness of the ritual,” continues Johnson.
“At Rudding Park we offer aufguss as a new wellness experience for our guests, on a complimentary basis. Even five years in we’re still educating new guests who have never experienced it before – it’s a USP for us.
“From January 2023 we will be offering three different aufguss experiences a day, almost like a treatment menu for aufguss – an uplifting session to enliven people in the morning, a more wellness focussed, meditative session in the afternoons and in the evening more of performance experience.”
The Banya Whisk sauna ritual
The ‘whisk’ technique originated in Russia where the venik, or banya as it is often known, (a bundle of leafy tree twigs) is used to draw the maximum amount of heat and steam to a person’s body whilst using the whisk to massage the body.
“We will use sauna whisks made from eucalyptus, oak or birch branches rather than towels to move the heated air around the sauna,” says Johnson.