Visit the Banyä sauna to explore a strong culture of wellness dating back to the Middle Ages. Let yourself be carried away by a joyful atmosphere rich with history. The Banyä Experience draws inspiration from Russian tradition. This spectacular ceremony is an exceptional treatment renowned for its many benefits for the body and mind.
Each step has been carefully designed to immerse you in the customs and practices of the Russian sauna tradition. From the shooter of Russian-imported vodka infused with chervil to the exfoliation with salts and essential oils prepared on site, through to the beating ritual with birch veniks, everything has been planned and prepared to give you the ultimate distinct and unique relaxation experience.
The Banyä treatment lasts one hour. It is offered in the new Banyä sauna, which balances dry heat and humid steam. Among its many benefits, the Banyä treatment is known to improve blood circulation, deep-clean the skin, eliminate toxins, boost the immune system, and leave you with a profound feeling of relaxation.
The Banyä Experience starts in November 2017.
Location: Banyä Space
Inspiration: Russian tradition
Experience type: Celebratory and entertaining
Duration: 60 minutes
Available this November
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 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:
A broom made from birch branches infused in hot water.
The benefits of birch essential oils:
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).