And of course you should always be naked in the sauna.But sometimes Swedes get in trouble with the law for being naked at home."If you use your home or apartment as a stage to pose naked for others to see there may be consequences," Swedish Tenant Union lawyer Nyström said in magazine Hem & Hyra on Wednesday.
Having lived in Europe now for almost 18 months, I had definitely become aware of the Freikörperkultur (free body culture) naturalist philosophy so common amongst Europeans.
Many Europeans, and particularly Germans, find it incredibly joyful to experience relaxing activities nude.
Or AT LEAST thinking you have to be quiet and afraid.
Like the Miss Manners’ “Edwardian house-party approach” from the Maureen: A turbo-charged version of the Obama anti-tattoo measure.
Since Roman times, when the spa culture first developed, spas have been recognised for their healing properties and contribution to mental and physical health, so much so that the German healthcare system regularly subsidises treatments as a preventative measure against illness. Tell your doctor that you’ve been experiencing headaches and anxiety from stress and you may very well be handed a prescription for a three-week retreat at a German spa as a medical ‘cure’.
Throughout German history, thermal springs have been used amongst all classes of the population for medicinal purposes. And hairy Turkish men with backs full of hair and not a strand ‘down there’!
Germans argue that it’s not hygienic to have clothing on, which you might have a hard time believing. SEE ALSO: This is what Germans really think about being naked in the sauna Do: Be polite. On top of mixed gender saunas, you may also be shocked to find some places also have changing areas for both men and women (such as the indoor waterpark resort of Tropical Islands, outside Berlin).
You might also be shocked to find that some workplaces have sauna days planned for co-workers. Staring, shielding your eyes or generally being visibly judgy about those who choose to roam about in the buff will actually make you look like the odd one out, not them. Nude-friendly locations are designated as FKK on signs, but you may still find people at least partially stripping down at lakes, the beach, in the park or on their own street-facing balconies. The act of actually undressing in front of strangers rather than showing up already completely naked in front of them can make you feel a bit more vulnerable somehow.
The Freikörperkultur (FKK), or free body culture, in Germany is widespread, as may be particularly noticeable in the summer months.