ancient and powerful, the Russian Bath Platza (or “venik” massage)
relaxes the mind, awakens the skin and relieves everyday aches and pains
through traditional methods.
leaves of birch, oak or eucalyptus are bundled together and soaked in warm
water for about 20 minutes. A quick 10-minute second soak in hot
water makes the venik soft and fragrant, providing an organic aromatherapy
throughout the platza.
the prepared venik and authentic ancient techniques, our trained Platza
Therapists massage you from head to toe, creating a pathway to ultimate
the therapist lightly flutters the venik like butterfly wings just above
your body, warming your skin. Once your skin is heated, the venik is
gently pressed against your body and brushed from side to side from your
neck to toes and back again. Next, the venik is shaken high in the
air to gather more heat and then firmly pressed against the waist,
shoulders, feet or knees for a few seconds, compressing heat into the
joints. Finally, as if in a gentle breeze, the soft leaves lightly
slide and slap against the skin with an intermingling of stroking and
you return to the Russian Bath for a second platza, the venik is firmly
pressed into your skin and rubbed in circular movements. The therapy
finishes with two veniks pressed into your waist and pulled in opposite
directions to stretch the body.
platza massage enhances the purifying health benefits of the Russian Bath
through the specific use of the venik and the traditional massage
techniques. As the platza improves circulation and strengthens
metabolism, the venik leaves release organic phytoncides, decreasing the
growth and development of pathogens in the body. Essential oils are
also released, preventing premature aging of the skin.
and oak veniks are the most popular and for good reason. The Birch
venik acts as an expectorant, widening small bronchi for an easier release
of phlegm from the respiratory system. Breathing seems magically
cleared after a Birch venik. Muscle and joint pains are also
relieved with Birch veniks and wounds heal quicker once its leaves cleanse
the skin. Birch leaves also boast essential oils, tanning
substances, vitamins C and A and can strengthen hair and destroy dandruff.
The essential oils of the Oak venik transform oily skin into smooth,
supple skin and acts as a strong anti-inflammatory agent. The aroma
from soft, fragrant oak leaves soothes the mind, washing stress away.