The burgeoning wellness movement is returning to its roots, as the millennia-old sweat trend reheats up. The multicultural sweat tradition – from Native American sweat lodges to Scandinavian saunas to Islamic hammams and beyond – dates back to well before the first century when the giant thermae of the Romans attracted thousands of bathers under one roof.
Now, to add medical fact to tradition and myth, sweat experts and aficionados who do sweat the small stuff will convene for the first-ever “Perfect Sweat Summit” March 11-12 at Archimedes Banya, an authentic Russian-style banya overlooking San Francisco Bay.
The event will be filmed by Emmy Award winning director Doug Pray as part of a reality-based, travel and health-oriented TV series, conceptually based on Mikkel Aaland’s book “Sweat” the 1978 cult classic for lovers of the sweat experience .
A link to content from Aaland’s book, Sweat, is here.
“I am so pleased to see that, through this summit, the sweat and sauna experience will be given such a prominent showcase,” said Mikkel Aaland, director of the summit. “We hope the findings and collective brainstorming that will come out of this in-gathering of sweat cognoscenti will bring more attention and respect to this world-wide tradition that brings together people in a healthy and meaningful way.”
To be held at Archimedes Banya, as authentic a Russian-style sauna spa as can be found in the U.S. (http://banyasf.com), the invite-only event brings together a lineup of experts from around the world. (Click here for a complete list.)
These experts and some 50 others will explore the growing body of research that corroborate and expand on what the ancients have long known: that sweating is a valuable aid to healing and health. It was Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) who wrote: “Give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure every illness.”
The conference agenda is loosely arranged around five categories:
• Social sweating, which includes sweat etiquette, manners, and communal customs and approaches.
• Spiritual Sweating, which includes rituals and customs that take the bather from the every day to the eternal.
• Healthy Sweating, which includes all the physiological aspects of sweating, from both an allopathic and homeopathic point of view.
• Sweat Structures, which includes issues around the physical structure and design of the sweat bath.
• Sweat History, which includes just that, interesting historical accounts, reports, data on sweat bathing practices around the world.
The program is supported by Mikhail Brodksy, founder of San Francisco’s Archimedes Banya; and Greg M. Moga, Executive Producer – and more importantly a friend of the sauna.
Perfect Sweat Summit
March 11&12, 2014
Address: 748 Innes Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Archimedes Banya in San Francisco is the vision of Russian immigrant Mikhail Brodsky who has created a total bathing experience, blending Russian style bathing with other sweat bathing traditions and rituals from around the world. This is not your typical bathhouse! Archimedes Banya features several sweat rooms, a cold plunge, and rest areas with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. It boasts a world-class restaurant, exercise rooms, and several well-equipped meeting rooms. banyasf.com