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Steam Through Time: The Four Generations of the Finnish Sauna

Sauna advocates and hosts of the podcast The Upper Bench are joined by Helsinki-based Lassi Liikkanen in a discussion about the different eras of Finnish sauna through a historical lens. They will look at how the technology of sauna has shaped the practice of sauna, beginning from shadows of pre-historic sauna and emerging at the 21st century dominated by the technically colorful world of private saunas. 

Lassi Liikkanen

Dr. Lassi Liikkanen is an adjunct professor of human-centered product design at Aalto University in Finland, and works full-time in the Finnish industry around digital transformation and interaction design. As a Saunologist he collects, creates, digitalizes and disseminates sauna-related knowledge through His ambition is to help improve the quality of Finnish style saunas from Earth to Mars. His research focuses on sauna technology and design, and is widely interested in history, culture and health aspects of sauna. @saunologia Instagram, Facebook

Christopher Rice (Risto) and his family accidentally stumbled into the wonderful world of Finnish sauna. He is an enthusiastic student of sauna history and practice. You can find his musings at and The Upper Bench podcast. He and his family recently launched “The Sauna Trail,” a weekly podcast about their exploration of Finnish sauna:

Sam Wacha grew up in Minnesota enjoying sauna from a young age. Through school, years in the military and different careers, one constant has remained: sauna. Sam is involved with many online sauna communities, as well as working with NASS to spread the word of “good sauna.” He resides in South Carolina and is regional sales manager for Sauna360. When not building, selling or designing saunas, he enjoys the outdoors with his dogs and family.

Eero Kilpi of New York is president and a founder of The North American Sauna Society. He is also president of Finlandia Foundation New York Metropolitan Chapter, Inc. and a founder of The Upper Bench.,


The Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design by Lassi A. Liikkanen is for anyone planning to build a sauna, or just dreaming about one. “Reading this book will help you take the sauna to the next, authentic, level.” Eero Kilpi, Ph.D., President, The North American Sauna Society.

In a random draw at the conclusion of the program, one lucky audience member will win today’s prize. Must be present to win. NOTE: Prize shipped to U.S. address only.