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    A popular tradition in the Russian culture is the bathhouse or banya. It involves steam, high heat, cold, and an invigorating beating with birch leaves and branches. The locations of the original type banyas are not easily found by foreigners, but placing a visit to a banya on your itinerary is highly recommended.
    Many business negotiations in Russia take place in the relaxed atmosphere of the banya. It is a time honored activity and the love that the Russian people have for the banya is well documented.

        The banya has not decreased in popularity today for many reasons. Traditionally, the banya was the common way for Russian villagers to cleanse the body, but the banya is also thought to have a powerful physiological effect on the entire organism. Researchers have found that the blood supply to the skin, muscles, and joints are notably improved after a visit to the banya. The body’s  metabolism is increased considerably, the number of red blood cells and quantity of hemoglobin increases, the overall  oxygen level increases and impurities are purged.  The banya assists in eliminating toxins from the body and improves circulation of the blood.

        The word banya derives from Latin balneum, which means 'to chase out pain'. The benefits of banyas and saunas were the subject of ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Hypocrites.
        There are two major types of traditional banyas: The Russian Banya and the Roman Banya. Today many variations of both can be found. In the Roman Banya, the air is hot and dry, while in a Russian Banya hot and moist conditions are found.

          The Russian steam banya normally reaches 80 to 100% humidity. The banya is not recommended for those that suffer cardiovascular diseases, hypertension,  pulmonary tuberculosis or diseases of the skin or other transmittable diseases.

        Russian banyas are gaining popularity in many parts of the world. Many manufacturers of personal home units offer many different styles to choose from that are centered around the traditional banya.

        The use of certain herbs in the water of the banya is thought to magnify the effect of the banya experience. Many believe that the banya is particularly important for preventive maintenance of the health and balance of the body. Popular herbs used in the banya may consist of any combination of the leaves of the currant, raspberries, and rosebuds.

        The basic procedure in using the banya is centuries old. Visitors are cautioned to remember that bodily response to the banya and time in the steam and the cold is different for each individual.

        Prior to a visit to the Banya, it is necessary to wash by warm water. However, dry hair is thought to protect the head from the heat. A recommendation for someone new to the banya experience to keep the head from overheating is to wear a woolen cap on the head, and prior to each banya session, wet this cap with cold water.

        It is, of course, necessary to gradually get used to the heat of the banya upon entering. Several minutes are necessary to become acclimated and, initially, the banya patron should remain standing. Banya temperatures are not constant and may vary by as much as fifteen degrees so care should be taken at all stages.  After becoming acclimated, the patron my sit or lie down allowing the muscles and the mind to become relaxed.

        An integral part of the Russian banya is the birch broom. The leaves of the birch branch add to the experience and, used properly, provide the perfect massage to compliment the effects of the humidity of the banya.

          For those new to the banya, the time in the banya should not exceed five to ten minutes. After the heat phase, many take an icy cold shower or immerse themselves in an icy water bath but not placing the head under the cold water. In winter, many hardy banya veterans will leave the banya and immerse themselves in a snow bank. 

        Especially for newcomers to the banya, it is important to enter the banya or increase the heat and steam gradually. In some banyas, finding a higher seat will allow increasing the heat and steam and a lower seat for somewhat cooler temperatures. Equally important is leaving the heat and steam of the banya gradually. It is best to not hurry to have a cold shower or immerse in cold water and the showers of the newcomers could be limited to room temperature. The newcomer may wish to gradually reduce the temperature of the water in the shower. Similarly, it is best to not drink extremely cold water. To many hardy banya veterans, the gradual temperature change is not necessary.
        The cold water provides a desired contrast with the temperature of the steam and produces a quenching effect. Some time relaxing in a waiting room wrapped in a sheet after a cool or cold shower is recommended. Many choose to repeat the steam heat / birching / cooling experience several times and re-enter the banya after about a fifteen minute rest period.

          Participating in this uniquely Russian tradition will be an unforgettable part of your introduction to the Russian culture.

    http://www.cossackconnection.com/banya.htm

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    Modern Russian Banya

    Пословицы и поговорки о бане (Proverbs about Banya)

        Баня — мать вторая!
        Тело парит, здоровье дарит!
        Баня парит, баня правит.
        Пристал, как банный лист.
        В бане шайками закидают.
        Кто про что, а вшивый — про баню.
        В баню ходить — тело мыть, а не водку пить.
        Баню приготовить — что музыкальный инструмент настроить!
        В который день паришься, в тот день не старишься.
        Вылечился Ваня — помогла ему баня.
        Баня без пара — что щи без навара.
        В бане кости распаришь — тело исправишь.
        В бане веник дороже денег.
        В бане веник — всем начальник.
        Баня любую болезнь из тела гонит.
        После бани последние портянки продай, но пива выпей.
        В бане помылся — заново родился.
        В бане все равны.
        Продай исподнее, но после бани выпей — это высказывание приписывают Петру Первому.
        В бане генералов нет.

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    #386389

    Anonymous

    С лёгким паром!  ;D

    #386390

    Anonymous
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    С лёгким паром!  ;D

    Have you ever been to a Russian banya? :)

    #386391

    Anonymous

    Larger Banyas are also used for gathering. Today there are different types: expensive Banyas such as one on video clip below and a standard Banya for a single family that most families would have. We have a standard Banya on our "Dacha". I usually would go to Banya in colder months of the year once a week or once a fortnight. Many people go to Banyas in summer. Banyas are still very popular in Russia. There is a TV program that talks everything related to Banya. ;D

    Киров сауна Макарьев..(Русская баня на дровах) 40-24-40

    #386392

    Anonymous
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    С лёгким паром!  ;D

    Cпасибо!  ;D

    #386393

    Anonymous
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    Larger Banyas are also used for gathering. Today there are different types: expensive Banyas such as one on video clip below and a standard Banya for a single family that most families would have. We have a standard Banya on our "Dacha". I usually would go to Banya in colder months of the year once a week or once a fortnight. Many people go to Banyas in summer. Banyas are still very popular in Russia. There is a TV program that talks everything related to Banya. ;D

    Киров сауна Макарьев..(Русская баня на дровах) 40-24-40

    You are so lucky that you go to Banya very often! I adore Banya but i can go there only when I come to the village to my friends and this is so far from me. Usually I do that in summer :)

    #386394

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    You are so lucky that you go to Banya very often! I adore Banya but i can go there only when I come to the village to my friends and this is so far from me. Usually I do that in summer :)

    My parents built Banya on дачa a long time ago. We would usually go to Banya every time we visit дача. We also have a stove ( печь) in our дача. It’s not authentic русская печь; however, there is a place on the stove where a single person can sleep. It’s warm and cosy.  :)
    I guess you are envious because you don’t have Banya but if you did  I don’t think you would be going to Banya every week. You will need to travel,  warm it up and clean it. It’s easier to have bath or shower at home. When it’s cold outside, then Banya is perfect. С берёзовым веником.  :)

    #386395

    Anonymous
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    Have you ever been to a Russian banya? :)

    Nope :(

    #386396

    Anonymous
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    My parents built Banya on дачa a long time ago. We would usually go to Banya every time we visit дача. We also have a stove ( печь) in our дача. It’s not authentic русская печь; however, there is a place on the stove where a single person can sleep. It’s warm and cosy.  :)
    I guess you are envious because you don’t have Banya but if you did  I don’t think you would be going to Banya every week. You will need to travel,  warm it up and clean it. It’s easier to have a bath or shower at home. When it’s cold outside, then Banya is perfect. С берёзовым веником.  :)

    Oh my God! now i want to go to your Banya! ;D Yes you are right that the bath or shower at home is more convenience but..Just imagime myself sitting on the highiest bench and enjoying the warm and stem mmmm…this is amazing :)

    #386397

    Anonymous
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    Oh my God!

    Приезжай!  ;D

    #386398

    Anonymous
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    Приезжай!  ;D

    haha ;D some day  ;)

    #386399

    Anonymous
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    My parents built Banya on дачa a long time ago. We would usually go to Banya every time we visit дача. We also have a stove ( печь) in our дача. It’s not authentic русская печь; however, there is a place on the stove where a single person can sleep. It’s warm and cosy.  :)

    …awesome  😮

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    Приезжай!  ;D

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    haha ;D some day  ;)

    I sense a Slavorum meeting in the making ;)

    #386400

    Anonymous
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    …awesome  😮

    It is common in Russia to build Banya on Dacha. According to a source in Wikipedia 50% of Russian families have dachas. Dacha is a house on a block of land outside of the city that people use to get away from urban buzz. People plant fruit trees, berries on land etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacha

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