Finnair is launching a new mode of in-flight exercise based on the Asahi technique on board its long-haul flights. Passengers will be given the opportunity to stretch their limbs starting September. It's a sort of 21st century version of Butlins "happy campers" early morning exercises.
The Asahi technique, pioneered in Finland, combines Finnish and Asian health know-how. Asahi can be roughly translated as 'sunrise'. Butlins again.
Based on modern, scientific knowledge about physical education, Asahi consists of slow movements which are completed in silence. The easy-to-understand technique suits people of all age groups, in different physical condition, from first-timers to athletes. From first class to economy.
Finnair say Asahi is particularly well suited for flights as it can also be practiced sitting down. In addition it does not cause sweating. After the exercise, passengers feel relaxed and comfortable.
ABTN is waiting for an invitation. It will make for an interesting comparison with Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class in-flight massage and some of the motorised vibrating seats that are now becoming the fashion in business class.