ancient and powerful, the Russian Bath Platza (or “venik”
massage) relaxes the mind, awakens the skin and relieves everyday aches
and pains through traditional methods.
leaves of birch, oak or eucalyptus are bundled together and soaked in
warm water for about 20 minutes. A quick 10-minute second soak in
hot water makes the venik soft and fragrant, providing an organic
aromatherapy throughout the platza.
prepared venik and authentic ancient techniques, our trained Platza
Therapists massage you from head to toe, creating a pathway to ultimate
therapist lightly flutters the venik like butterfly wings just above
your body, warming your skin. Once your skin is heated, the venik
is gently pressed against your body and brushed from side to side from
your neck to toes and back again. Next, the venik is shaken high
in the air to gather more heat and then firmly pressed against the
waist, shoulders, feet or knees for a few seconds, compressing heat
into the joints. Finally, as if in a gentle breeze, the soft
leaves lightly slide and slap against the skin with an intermingling of
stroking and compression techniques.
return to the Russian Bath for a second platza, the venik is firmly
pressed into your skin and rubbed in circular movements. The
therapy finishes with two veniks pressed into your waist and pulled in
opposite directions to stretch the body.
massage enhances the purifying health benefits of the Russian Bath
through the specific use of the venik and the traditional massage
techniques. As the platza improves circulation and strengthens
metabolism, the venik leaves release organic phytoncides, decreasing
the growth and development of pathogens in the body. Essential
oils are also released, preventing premature aging of the skin.
oak veniks are the most popular and for good reason. The Birch
venik acts as an expectorant, widening small bronchi for an easier
release of phlegm from the respiratory system. Breathing seems
magically cleared after a Birch venik. Muscle and joint pains are
also relieved with Birch veniks and wounds heal quicker once its leaves
cleanse the skin. Birch leaves also boast essential oils,
tanning substances, vitamins C and A and can strengthen hair and
destroy dandruff. The essential oils of the Oak venik transform
oily skin into smooth, supple skin and acts as a strong
anti-inflammatory agent. The aroma from soft, fragrant oak leaves
soothes the mind, washing stress away.