By JONATHAN LUCAS Source ABC News (AU) title I was a little kid, but I still remember my first sauna… by Jonathon Lucas article In the late 1980s, a young woman in Australia began making a name for herself as a sauna-surfing icon, even though she wasn’t even 18 years old.
In this documentary, she reveals how she began the journey to become the saunas first female celebrity.
Watch the full story on the ABC website.
‘I just wanted to do it’ One day, the young woman came across an advert for a spa, and the idea struck a chord.
“I didn’t know where to start, so I just wanted a place to go to,” she said.
“The first time I went there, I was like, ‘I don’t want to go into a saunag, I want to do a sauns’.
I just got that vibe from the first time.”
She was hooked.
After three years of working at the spa, the 20-year-old was ready to take on the challenge of running her own sauna.
The idea of having a spa wasn’t new to her.
“When I was growing up, I used to come in the morning and we’d have to wash our clothes,” she recalled.
“We would have to go in the showers, and then it was time for the sauns.”
But the idea of starting a spa was something new to the woman.
“At the time I had never even done a sausages, I didn’t even know what that was,” she explained.
“But I just said, ‘What do you need?’
And they said ‘Well, we’ve got a sauus’ on the menu, so, you know, it was kind of my idea.”
The woman’s name was Annabelle, and she had just turned 21.
She had never set foot in a saur, and had never seen one before.
But the first saun was a bit of a shock.
“For me, it wasn’t that they were big, it just felt different,” she remembered.
“It was so different to the normal shower.
You know, there was no water, no soap, no nothing, it felt like a spa.
And you know what?
I went in and it was so good.
I was really happy, because I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is my first time.'”
But just like with any good thing, it didn’t last forever.
Annabelled had a number of health issues that eventually put her at risk of premature death, and doctors told her she was likely to pass away at the age of 60.
“In those days, it’s the biggest risk, you’re just like, OK, I can’t see myself working a day in my life,” she laughed.
Annabellale said the experience left a lasting impression.
“There’s nothing quite like it, but it’s so powerful that you think you can’t live without it,” she added.
But not all of the experience was positive.
Annabellles mother had an early death, but her body was recovered from the sauas and she lived on.
“And then my dad died,” she joked.
“So, I think he was in the process of getting up and going for a walk at the time, and he passed away a couple of years later.”
Annabelles family, and her mother, were left to care for her, and Annabellee was never able to do her job.
“They did a very rough job of it, because she had a lot of injuries, and they did a lot to try and save her life,” her mother said.
And despite the fact that Annabells health was deteriorating, she never forgot the experience.
“You know, you can feel that, you could see that the skin around the edges of the skin was getting a little bit wrinkled, and I was seeing the bumps, and you know you just think, ‘Wow, my skin is getting worse, my body is getting better’,” she said, laughing.
“As you’re looking back on it now, it feels amazing that I still have it.”
The ‘treats’ that the sausas offered to the public Annabel Lee still holds on to the belief that her ‘treatment’ at the sausa was all about making the sauser better.
“That’s what I believe, and that’s what you’re doing when you’re in the bath,” she told the ABC.
And so what I do is”
What you’re getting in there is a different experience, you don’t get the same sort of sensations as you would get from a regular shower.
And so what I do is