After three months of sold-out sessions, we’ve decided to add another Aufguss aromatherapy steam sessions to this month’s program. 

Our September Doubleheader will feature an aufguss steam showdown between German Aufguss extraoirdinaire and host of 3 sold-out summer sessions Meister Alex Troitzsch and his intrepid understudy, the American-born steam styliest John Pederson—who will be representing the 612 Sauna Society in this preseason steam showcase. 

6 – 8 PM 

Open Bench Warm-up
 

Arrive between 6 and 8 p.m. to enjoy a soak in the rooftop pool and a few warm-up rounds in the sauna.

7:00 – 8:30 PM 

German Aufguss Steam Sessions

with Alex Troitzsch
 

Alex Troitzsch is an advocate for life enrichment and enhancement through sauna and “German Aufguss”, a wellness and purification ritual which is performed in the sauna for maintaining good health, emotional balance, relaxation and overall happiness.

During a “German Aufguss” sauna steam session Alex pours water mixed with essential oils on the hot stones of the sauna stove. The water, containing particles of essential oil, then vaporizes once in contact with the stones and spreads throughout the sauna.

Alex then directs the hot and scented steam using different rhythmical towel techniques, creating an unique, intense and enjoyable multi-sensory experience. This ritual is increasingly gaining a central position in the offer of sauna and wellness-packages and Alex’s personal mission is to enable every American to enjoy the Aufguss experience and making it mainstream in the US.

Alex is also a dedicated practitioner of breath work and meditation. In seeing how something as simple as breath could quickly affect his mood, thoughts and actions, Alex began to incorporate meditation related aspects into the sauna Aufguss rituals he offers. The practice is powerful and profound, and has shifted how he feels about himself and has affected many people close to him.

“The Aufguss Experience had a tremendous impact on my life. Regular exercise strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, helps loosen up your muscles, boosts your mood and enhances overall quality of life. These empowering results helped me realize that so many people can benefit from this practice. I took advantage of the opportunity presented by the Sauna Society and joined the team to host ‘German Aufguss’ sessions as a Saunameister and instructor. I want to help people to enter a new world for a short period of time by providing relaxation and this new experience. Shared enthusiasm and satisfaction and the smiles on people’s faces after an Aufguss session are the greatest reward for me.”

8:30 – 10 PM 

American Aufguss Steam Sessions 

with John Pederson
 

American Aufguss is a much less hoity toity approach to a perfect steam. Founder of the 612 Sauna Society and original steam stylist John Pederson will do whatever it takes to create the Perfect Sweat. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the rivalry. 

10 pm – Midnight

Steam Panel Open Swim Afterglow Party

Come for the Aufguss, stay for the cold plunge and Afterglow pool party—or, just come for the party!

Afterglow-only tickets available for those who want to enjoy the pool, sauna steam and rooftop views without the Aufguss experience,10 PM – Midnight. 

Bring a few pals (and your bathing suit) or come solo and meet fellow steamers on the bench. Towels, löyly sauna steam essential oils and refreshments will be provided. 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.

  • Aufguss Steam Therapy Session (8 – 10 PM). 22 spots available – $35

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.

Meet your Saunameisters

Alexander Troitzsch grew up enjoying regular aufguss sessions with friends during his weekly Sauna benchtime. His personal connection with the healing aspects of a proper aufguss began in the late 90s at a way to cope with chronic pain that was forcing him to leave his life as a club DJ behind.

“Proper Sauna conditioning through aufguss brought alignment into my life. It helped me heal,” Alex explains.

Bio
Alex is an advocate for life enrichment and enhancement through sauna and “German Aufguss”, a wellness and purification ritual which is performed in the sauna for maintaining good health, emotional balance, relaxation and overall happiness.

During a “German Aufguss” sauna steam session Alex pours water mixed with essential oils on the hot stones of the sauna stove. The water, containing particles of essential oil, then vaporizes once in contact with the stones and spreads throughout the sauna. Alex then directs the hot and scented steam using different rhythmical towel techniques, creating an unique, intense and enjoyable multi-sensory experience. This ritual is increasingly gaining a central position in the offer of sauna and wellness-packages and Alex’s personal mission is to enable every American to enjoy the Aufguss experience and making it mainstream in the US.

Alex is also a dedicated practitioner of breath work and meditation since over a decade. In seeing how something as simple as breath could quickly affect his mood, thoughts and actions, Alex began to incorporate meditation related aspects into the sauna Aufguss rituals he offers. The practice is powerful and profound, and has shifted how he feels about himself and has affected many people close to him.

“The Aufguss Experience had a tremendous impact on my life. Regular exercise strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, helps loosen up your muscles, boosts your mood and enhances overall quality of life. These empowering results helped me realize that so many people can benefit from this practice. I took advantage of the opportunity presented by the Sauna Society and joined the team to host “German Aufguss” sessions as a Saunameister and instructor. I want to help people to enter a new world for a short period of time by providing relaxation and this new experience. Shared enthusiasm and satisfaction and the smiles on people’s faces after an Aufguss session are the greatest reward for me.”

Alex is married to his wife Jenny and has a 8 year old son. Beside being a sauna enthusiast and Aufguss Meister, Alex works in the health care industry as a product and service designer.

John Pederson is the Founder of the 612 Sauna Society Cooperative, a Member-owned Sauna Co-op (the nation’s first) serving the Twin Cities Metro area.

 John discovered sauna and Sauna Society as an exchange student in Helsinki in 2004. He started his first sauna build—a mobile Sauna-tiny-house called The Firehouse—under the guidance of SauanTimes Founder Glenn Auerbach in 2013 and opened the doors to family and friends the following winter. He embraced his role as the neighborhood “sauna guy” hosting over 1100 guests for small back yard gatherings before becoming the official Saunameister of the Little Box mobile sauna in 2015 and the CFO (Chief Firewood Officer) of the 612 Sauna Society Co-op the following year. 

“I just want to keep sharing and discovering the full mental, physical and social benefits of Sauna Society with anyone who wants to feel better—now, easefully and anywhere.”  

Bio
John graduated from the UW-Madison School of Journalism with Honors in 2005 after internships with NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” and “To the Best of Our Knowledge” programs. In 2006, he moved to Indonesia to start the country’s first student-run radio station as a Fulbright Scholar in Sumatra. He moved back to his home state of Minnesota in 2008 and served as the first Communications Strategist for Seed Savers Exchange from 2010 – 2012 before joining the Mighty Mo Design Co. as the Director of Operations from 2013.

John joined the Musicant Group in 2016 where he he oversaw placemaking and Community Management projects around the city. He formed the 612 Sauna Society Co-op Steering Committee later that year to launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and open the doors to the nation’s first community-owned mobile sauna, The Forge, on January 1, 2017.

John founded Sauna Society Builders in July of 2017 with Rodney Buhrsmith to bring the wellness benefits of steam bathing traditions to life in urban America.