Platza (Russian hot massage using a venik)
(Done with our venik, or purchase your own for an extra $16.00 each)
|Hammam Body Wash||$30.00|
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Venik Platza (a Russian hot massage using a tree leaf venik)
Venik Platza is an amazing technique that combines a natural healing power of tree leaves with the revitalizing heat of a Russian steam room. Our experienced platza practitioner will use veniks to massage you, bringing countless benefits to your body and mind.
Platza is a type of massage that allows one to quickly heat up and improves circulation both overall and in the specific areas of application. Fresh birch or oak tree veniks can be used right after they are soaked in warm water for 10-25 minutes and are heated up for 2-3 more minutes in the sauna itself. Usually the platza starts with a masseur gently patting a person lying on a bench with a venik, starting from feet and going up to the neck. The reverse movement should also cover arms. There should be about four repetitions of this movement, each taking approximately a minute. The next stage of the venik platza involves a careful lashing of the back, loin, thighs, calves and feet. As a rule, this procedure last for only about a minute, and is often followed by a quicker phase of patting. At this point one can make use of another important technique - venik compression. The masseur directs a couple of gentle lashes at a part of the body (usually, starting with a back), then pulls the venik in the air, turns it upside down, and lays it down on the body and presses it with a hand for several seconds. This way, the hot part of the venik is now compressed to the body, which makes it possible to provide an intensive and localized heat therapy. Venik compressions are extremely useful during recovery from physical stress. The above techniques of the platza can also be used when a person is lying on the back. Venik platza can be repeated in several sauna sessions. The last one sometimes includes rubbing the venik on the whole body: the leaves are slightly pressed to the skin with a hand of a masseur. This helps the skin to receive that final portion of vitamins and essential oils contained in leaves of a venik. If you decide to try a venik platza on your own, it is recommended that you follow the above explained procedures to achieve the best result.
Hammam Body Wash, Scrub and Massage
An old-world tradition is Turkish body wash and scrub. Around the edge of the hammam area there is a platform where you’ll be asked to sit or lie for a good 20 minutes while you work up a sweat you can also have the body wash right after the platza. When your therapist reappears, you should be feeling relaxed and with open pores, ready for a full body exfoliation. Armed with a coarse mitt, your therapist will then pummel and slough your skin, helping you shed a layer of dirt and debris. A douse of cold water will follow to rinse off any grime. After your kneading session, you’ll experience a generous serving of soap suds, courtesy of some olive oil soap and an odd shaped loofah. The loofah is swished around in warm water before having air blown into it, which then forces the soapy air thorough fine holes and onto your torso. Depending on the exact treatment, the bubble bag may be produced before or after the initial massage. When you start to get lost under the lather, it’s time for another quick rinse, followed by a hair and body wash, then it’s off to a cooler room or relaxation area where you’ll be left to unwind and admire your sparkling skin.