Season 2 Episode 32
I learn why swimming in ice-cold water after taking a sauna is better than sex or morphine! Jussi explains ALL the benefits of Avantouinti, before taking me swimming in the hole in the ice on a frozen pond. Yep, that’s right…
Guests: Jussi Mustikkamaa, Journalist
Download an MP3 file of Episode 32 – Ice-hole Swimming & Sauna – a natural high!
For this episodes, I headed to Tanelinlampi, a man-made pond some 27–30 metres deep, which is located on the outskirts of Seinäjoki. It started life when gravel was dug as part of road-building work nearby, but is now one of the most popular fresh-water beaches in the area.
Jussi headed-up the committee that built the sauna atTanelinlampi with the help of grants from the EU. The sauna and ice-hole are maintained by the Lakeuden Avantouimarit. Although it IS a membership club, the sauna is also open to paying members of the public many days of the week.
It’s a large sauna, which Jussi explains could hold 40–50 people. When I visited there were at least 20 men and women using the sauna (and the pond.) It has a huge wood-burning kiauas, a block of stones about the size of an old Mini 🙂 Listen to Jussi’s anecdote about President Putin’s summer-house fire!
Jussi’s ‘Avantouinti’ technique:
- Dip in the water up to the shoulders
- Go into into the sauna until feeling hot
- Go back in the water
Jussi normally dips 4 times, and warms-up 3 times. On this visit we started with the sauna but still dipped 4 times – I reckon I was in the water for a TOTAL of about 15 seconds!
Jussi and I also discuss some of the health benefits of Ice-swimming.
- Relieves stress
- Helps you sleep better
- Can help immunity to colds/fevers.
- Recovery from exercise
- Turns ‘bad’ white fat cells to ‘good’ brown fat cells Link on Women’s Health website
Finnish words in this Episode
- Lampi – pond
- Lakeuden Avantouimarit – Winter Swimmers Club
- Lakeus – plains
- Avanto – Hole in the Ice
- Uimarit – Swimmers
- Vihta –A ‘whisk’ of birch twigs used to massage, exfoliate and relax in the sauna.
- Kiuas – Sauna stove/heater
- Löyly – The steam created by adding water to the kiuas