Join us for our monthly take-over of the Hewing Hotel’s rooftop sauna to enjoy the kind of social steam experience that has made sweat bathing practices such as sauna an everyday luxury and necessity throughout the northern latitudes.

7:00 – 8:30 PM 

German Aufguss sauna steam aromatherapy
with Alex Troitzsch 

(Space for the steam session will be limited to the first 20 to reserve their spots using the reservation link below)

Aufguss steam sessions are a German tradition that helps practitioners enjoy the full physiology of hot/cold conditioning through sauna.

During these guided steam sessions the host (or Saunameister) gradually increases the intensity of the experience by adding steam to the rocks. The secret and art of Aufguss is creating and distributing steam in a way that makes the steam soft and relaxing, as well as intense. The softness of the steam, aromatherapy and breathing cues help activate the thermoregulatory system to actively regulate the body’s temperature.

Aufguss helps practitioners enjoy the full physiology of hot/cold conditioning through sauna.  During these guided steam sessions the host (or Saunameister) gradually increases the intensity of the experience by adding steam to the rocks. The secret and art of Aufguss is creating and distributing steam in a way that makes the steam soft and relaxing, as well as intense. The softness of the steam, aromatherapy and breathing cues help activate the thermoregulatory system to actively regulate the body’s temperature, which is as helpful for staying cool and comfy in the summer as it is to warming up in the winter. 

 
Guests will enjoy three guided sauna rounds with special “steam recipes,” consisting of water-pouring and steam-throwing techniques with essential oil aromatherapy crafted to increase circulation by activating the body’s thermoregulatory system.
 
Each steam round is 10 – 15 minutes and is followed by a 20-minute cool down relaxation round and optional ice bath reset.

9 pm – Midnight

Sauna Steam & Open Swim Afterglow

Come for the guided steam session, stay for the hot pool and moonlight rooftop view of downtown Minneapolis.

Bring a few pals (and your bathing suit) or come solo and meet fellow steamers on the bench.

 

The full rooftop bar and menu will also be available for guests who want to stay to enjoy a full dinner after their steam rounds.

Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a first-time steamer, you’ll walk away with some tips, connections and resources to get more of the physical, mental and social benefits of your next steam bathing experience.

Space for this month’s event will be limited to 22 spots for the Aufguss aromatherpy steam session.

About this event
The full moon has always been one of my favorite times to enjoy sauna rounds. Moon gazing between rounds adds something undeniably special to the experience. I never thought much beyond that about it until my dear friend Peter Rich died unexpectedly from an asthma attack a year and a half ago.
Peter loved astrology and was always sending updates to my chart as he pieced together another cosmological key to the universe. I have met few people who are as fiercely alive as Peter was, which is probably why I often think of him on the sauna bench (where I feel most alive myself). Since his death, I’ve made a special point to enjoy a good steam with friends every full moon.
Schedule details, arrival and other important info

Important notes for ALL GUESTS: 

  • Please plan on arriving by 6:40 so we can start promptly at 7 p.m.
  • Please bring two towels: one to use and one to sit on in the sauna. Your sitting towel should extend from your bottom to under your feet.
  • The rooftop restaurant and bar menu will be available until 11:30.
  • Please rinse in the shower before using the sauna and/or pool. There is a shower in each locker room as well as an outdoor shower on the rooftop patio.
  • Reminder that the Hewing does not allow anyone under 21 years of age on the rooftop. No exceptions.
  • Please also remember the Sauna Society Code: Sauna is a safe place for everyone. All guests will be held to the highest standards of respect, inclusiveness, and courtesy. The health benefits of Sauna run in every direction. One’s personal mental health, comfort, and security are every bit as important as the tremendous physical benefits of Sauna. Please always keep front of mind that you are in a shared environment, always aware, and always respectful of the feelings and boundaries of others.