Scan Magazine, Issue 119, December 2018

Page 73

A sauna can fit in nearly any space Ever dreamt of transforming your bathroom or poolside into a spa by adding a sauna? It is not complicated. Just send your measurements to Saunastore and they will do a free 3D-plan of your space with a sauna. By Anne Koski-Wood

The ready-made sauna package will be delivered to your door and can be assembled in a couple of days. Sound easy? “We have over 20 years of experience in designing and delivering saunas,” says Saunastore’s CEO, Tapani Aho. “We look after our clients every step of the way, from design to assembly. We are Finns, and the sauna is part of who we are.” Saunastore only has its own designs in its sauna collection. Aura is the most popular, a traditional Finnish sauna with modern, spacious, Scandinavian design with a lot of glass. A new model Aho is specially proud of, is Northern Lights Sella. Sella is built around really comfortable sauna chairs and has both a traditional stove and infrared as a source of heat. “I think the

sensory impressions are very important for enjoying a sauna. You need to throw some water on the stove to see and hear how it sizzles,” he says. In some cases, the most suitable place for the sauna is in the back garden, on a patio or next to a swimming pool. “Very often, you don’t need planning permission for our saunas,” Aho says. You can also find sauna accessories from Saunastore, such as high-quality linen and sauna pillows.

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Top: A plan of a sauna by the pool. Illustration: Saunastore. Bottom: Aura – compact, yet spacious. Photo: Tapani Aho.

Women’s Health Profile

Squeeze tight and baila!

By Anne Koski-Wood

Very often, women pay more attention to their triceps and biceps than to their pelvic floor muscles – even though those muscles keep the stomach flat and the posture straight, and can have a crucial effect on women’s sex lives. Scan Magazine spoke to Maija Kiljunen, co-ordinator of the Squeeze Tight campaign and creator of Bailamama®. The campaign, supported by Finnish midwives, gynaecologists and physiotherapists, encourages women to take part in a pelvic floor exercising challenge. By signing up, you get a free pelvic floor training programme and a weekly newsletter. The campaign also offers a seven-day online kick-start Venus programme. The campaign headline, ‘Squeeze tight when you see red traffic lights’, works as a memory technique. A few years ago, Kiljunen herself came up with a concept of fun group exercise classes called Bailamama®. After having two babies, she got fed up with the serious tone health professionals were using when encouraging women to train their pelvic floor muscles. She thought it would be much more fun to train in a group.

With Bailamama®, women can go ‘baila’, while training their pelvic floor muscles. The secret of the brand’s success is basically that the classes are a lot of fun. With Bailamama®, training becomes regular and part of a routine. Kiljunen is hoping that the Squeeze Tight campaign and Bailamama® will take the feeling of embarrassment away from the topic of pelvic floor muscles, so that women can enjoy their bodies fully.

Maija Kiljunen is a physiotherapist specialising in the pelvic floor area. Photo: Eero Joenrinne.

To take part in a challenge, go to: You can also train at home. An online Venus programme is available on: training_plan To order Bailamama books, go to: (to be translated into English in the near future)

Bailamama works on stamina, speed and maximum strength. Photo: Sami Lamberg/Sebastian Rosenberg.

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