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Banyä Treatment

A journey into Russian culture

The Banyä Treatment is a completely new relaxation experience to discover at Nordik SpaNature.

Travel with us into Russian culture through this ritual, a tradition going as far back as the Middle Ages that encourages participants to push their limits.

Available from July 2017.

Banyä Treatment summary

Location: Banyä Space
Inspiration: Russian tradition
Experience type: Intense
Duration: 60 minutes

Available from July 2017

What is the Banyä sauna?

The Banyä sauna is a Russian version of the traditional sauna. The steam is produced by pouring water over hot stones or a brick oven in the centre of the room.

The dry heat and the humid steam balance perfectly to create a very unique climate suited to long thermal sessions that may even give way to fellowship.

The benefits of the Banyä Treatment

  • Relaxes the skin
  • Activates sweat glands
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reinvigorates the body with energy

The beating ritual

The word beating can take people by surprise, but it’s accurate. This step involves striking participants gently, firmly, and deftly with birch veniks.

The beating ritual has many benefits. In fact, the small droplets of essential oils it leaves on your body:

  • clean and relax the skin;
  • activate sweat glands and
  • stimulate blood circulation; and
  • have an effect on the hormonal system that may help fight depression.

The four steps of the Banyä Treatment

  1. Infusion and rinsing with birch veniks
  2. Eucalyptus exfoliation in the Banyä sauna
  3. Beating with birch veniks
  4. Celebratory Aufguss

Birch venik

A broom made from birch branches infused in hot water.

The benefits of birch essential oils:

  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Purifying effect
  • Diuretic and slimming effect
  • Relieve joint pain linked to rheumatism and arthritis
  • Relax muscles

The origins of the Banyä

Culture and zen are closely linked in Russia. In fact, this country is the source of many traditional practices focused on wellness, and the Banyä is quasi-sacred among them. According to legend, the Banyä was developed in 1071 when a Russian witch gave men their soul after a steam bath.

In the ninth century, because there were no private bathrooms, Russians went to the public bath houses (Banyä) to wash and relax. Every village had its own Banyä. It has since attained cult status and is now a friendly place where Russians gather and hold business meetings. This ritual is gaining many followers in Europe and the United States.

Still unknown in the West, the Russian sauna is unique in that it draws from two major thermal traditions: the dry heat of the Nordic sauna (Finnish sauna) and the wet heat steam baths of the Mediterranean (hammam, Roman thermals).