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Aufguss Ritual

A ritual of sight, scent and feel

Aufguss means infusion

Have you heard about the Aufguss ritual? Aufguss is German for Infusion. Based on an ancient Finnish practice, this ritual heightens the effects of the traditional vapourization technique by using water enriched with natural essential oils. So when the water is poured onto the heated stones, a burst of vapour with health enhancing properties is released.

Nordik Spa-Nature, always searching for the best in heat therapy techniques, is pleased to offer you Aufguss in its Finlandia and Banyä saunas. Every day, once every two hours.

We are currently performing beautification work to our Finlandia sauna. During this time, Aufguss rituals will take place in the Banyä sauna.

Aufguss in summary

Location: Finlandia and Banyä sauna
Hours in Finlandia sauna:
Closed during renovations
Hours in Banyä sauna:
Every day, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Duration: Approximately 15 minutes

The Aufguss ritual is announced by a gong. Nordik Spa-Nature uses only pure and natural essential oils.

A magical and one of a kind experience!

The Aufguss ritual is announced with the ringing of a gong. When you hear it, head to the Finlandia or Banyä sauna. Make yourself comfortable.

The ritual takes about 15 minutes, and the heat rises constantly throughout the ritual. If it’s your first time, choose the lowest level of the sauna. You can leave the sauna at any time if the heat becomes too intense, but the complete experience is definitely worth it. Challenge yourself to stay until the end.

The scent of the essential oils, the music, and the motions of the Aufguss master combine to create a magical and one of a kind experience.

Each Aufguss ritual is different

The Aufguss master comes in dressed in the traditional skirt and carrying a wooden pail with snowballs. These snowballs are infused with various pure and natural essential oils the Aufguss master will use during the ritual. First, they introduce themselves, and then explain the steps of the ritual.

The essential oils and the music are carefully chosen by our Aufugss masters to create a unique performance true to them! The music starts and takes you away. The Aufguss master sets the first essential oil-infused snowball onto the hot stones. The performance has begun.

The Aufguss master uses a large towel to agitate the air, fanning those present, who need do nothing more than breathe deeply to allow the essential oils to work their magic.  The burst of enriched air is a subtle pleasure to the senses, enhancing the many benefits already enjoyed in the dry sauna.

Three essential oils, three carefully selected songs, and the heat that intensifies throughout the ritual. This experience is an absolute must.

A new ritual in Canada

It all started with two members of our team who wished to improve their level of knowledge in saunas ritual. They decided to travel to Germany to follow a five week long training to be a “Sauna Meister”. This intensive training has taught them the basics of maintaining and operating a sauna, but more importantly, the techniques to perform the Aufguss rituals.

Today, we are proud to have in our team the only two Sauna Meister in Canada, who now transmit their knowledge to the rest of our employees. In addition, Nordik Spa-Nature is a member of the German association “Sauna Bund” which, for over 50 years, has been regulating and supervising the Aufguss rituals of its 900 member institutions.