The Banshik

The Banshik

The banshik is the most important person at the banya. He or she is responsible for much more than just performing treatments such as parenie or massage.  The banshik is the ultimate authority in the banya and he or she sets the tone and determines the atmosphere...
Why should you wear the hat in Russian Banya?

Why should you wear the hat in Russian Banya?

Hats have gone out of fashion in most places and aside from weddings it’s rare to see many people wearing one.  There is one place however where they are still an essential accessory and that is in the banya when you are in the steam room itself.   The reason you...
The Banya Can Change Your Life

The Banya Can Change Your Life

For past generations It’s a Wonderful Life was the classic Christmas movie, whereas now it might be Home Alone or Love Actually. In Russia, where New Year and not Christmas is the big winter celebration, the most popular seasonal film is one that starts in a banya on...
The History of the Banya

The History of the Banya

Before there was Russia, there was the banya. It existed before the emergence of the early Russian state, survived the Mongol invasion, persisted as Moscow united the Russian lands, prospered under Peter the Great’s campaign of Westernisation and gained renewed...
Steam and Heat: Health Benefits of Banya

Steam and Heat: Health Benefits of Banya

Do you know how exposure to steam and heat affect the human body and can benefit you during the cold and flu season? Are you aware of the health benefits of a visit to the banya? Read on to find out more. The Health Benefits of a Visit to The Bath House – Russian...