The whipping ritual :
The word whipping can take people by surprise, but it’s accurate. This step involves striking participants gently, firmly, and deftly with birch veniks.
The whipping ritual has many benefits. In fact, the small droplets of essential oils it leaves on your body:
Birch venik :
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).