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Hot tips from a summit of sauna experts
Hot tips from a summit of sauna experts

The Greek physician Hippocrates may well have been the first sauna aficionado. One can imagine him, circa 400 BC, sitting in a tiny windowless room heated by hot rocks, sweat dripping down his brow, proclaiming, "Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease." But even the father of modern medicine would have learned a thing or two at a first-of-its-kind Perfect Sweat Summit in March that brought together about 60 like-minded international sauna experts, all sweating out the small stuff — and the large — in a Russian sauna spa (or banya) overlooking San Francisco Bay. The summit was organized by San Francisco photographer and author Mikkel...

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