and Turkish Baths: Education and Etiquette
What do I
need for the Russian and Turkish Bath?
A bathing suit and the desire for ultimate relaxation is all you need.
You may bring your own slippers, robe, soap and shampoo if you like,
but Southampton Spa also provides these items for your convenience.
Begin at the office where you pay for all-day admission to the spa and
any other services you want. Perhaps you’d like a Swedish
Massage, Aqua Massage or Platza. Or maybe all three. Valuables can be
left with the attendant and you can put the rest of your belongings in
a locker, while the key stays with you on a rubber chain for your
wrist. The locker number is used when ordering from the juice bar or
using the pool table and expenses will be added up at the end of your
changing rooms include private lockers and showers. Always rinse
yourself before starting your visit. Slip on a bathing suit, slippers
and a robe and you’re ready to begin cleansing, purifying and
Feel the heat of the Russian or Turkish Bath work your body
immediately. If you have a venik (a bundle of oak, birch or eucalyptus
leaves you bring with you or get at the facility), soak it in a bucket
of hot water for 10 – 20 minutes. Sit or lie down on a towel on
the wood benches and wrap another towel around your head to protect it
from overheating. You might ask the attendant to pour some water on the
heated stones for more humidity. Don’t stay too long the first
time, as your body needs to adjust to the change in temperature. Leave
the Russian or Turkish Bath right when you feel hot enough. You can to
cool off by sitting in room temperature, taking a shower or a swim.
Enjoy some tea for about 10 minutes and relax.
When you’re ready, return to the Russian or Turkish Bath. Your
venik will be soft and aromatic, perfect for a light or moderate
massage (platza). You may brush your own body with the venik or have a
companion gently pat you as you lie on the wooden bench on a towel. If
you’re in the Turkish Bath, feel free to stand under the shower
for a little relief or enjoy a scrub. Stay in the heat longer this
time, just a bit longer than the first time. When it gets too hot, dip
in the cold plunge pool for no more than a minute. Your skin will feel
relieved, but your inner body will stay warm. A tingling rejuvenation
will begin to roll through your body. Now is the perfect time to chat
with a friend and have some tea in our comfortable lounge area.
two…or three…more times…
To fully experience the Russian and Turkish Bath and it’s health
benefits, it’s best to repeat this cycle several times, like a
mantra: hot, cold, relax; hot, cold, relax. Your all-day pass allows
you to stay as long as you like, so take advantage of it. If
you’re not sure how many times you should repeat the cycle,
listen to the wisest part of you: your body. Honor what it’s
telling you and your experience will be perfect.
End your visit with the massage of your choice to bring your body, mind
and spirit into full alignment. Always allow some time for the body to
cool down before getting dressed. Your retreat will leave you feeling
relaxed and rejuvenated, ready for all the adventures of the real
Follow these simple rules and your body will thank you:
• Do not
drink alcohol while bathing. Alcohol and heat combined put more stress
on the heart.
• Cold drinks slow down detoxification. Drink hot tea to keep your
inner body temperature up.
• Do not eat too much; your blood will be too busy with your skin
to help with digestion.
• Be cautious if your health is not optimal.
• Do not do vigorous exercises during your day in the spa.
• Different bodies handle heat and cold differently. Do only
what’s feels right for your body, not what seems to be right for
• Don’t interrupt your relaxation to pour water on the
rocks; ask the attendant to do it for you.
• Make sure that you get plenty of rest time between each cycle.