(176°F to 194°F; 60% humidity)
Enter WORLD SPA’s Grand Banya – the largest banya in the US – and be prepared for a completely new experience. What you’ll hear is a near-constant thwack of venik, bunches of fragrant birch or oak tree twigs, against skin. This is key to an authentic banya experience. The venik massages the body, opens the pores and releases essential oils. A sensory experience not to be missed!
Don’t enter our Grand Banya expecting absolute peace and quiet. This is a communal, rejuvenating sweat experience to invigorate mind, body and soul. (The Petite Banya next door is recommended for those looking to sweat in peace.)
Banyas are Eastern Europe’s answer to the Finnish sauna. As is tradition, WORLD SPA’s banyas are constructed from rough kelo wood, a pine tree that naturally weathers into a rare piece of art and gives off a unique, relaxing scent. And banyas have much higher humidity levels and a lot more action.
How to use
Before entering the banya, please have a quick shower. We recommend starting with a 5-10 minute session, followed by a cold bucket shower. The second session is when you’ll want to use the venik. Massage yourself or have someone else do it. If you’re new to it, there’s no need to be too aggressive. In fact, the venik can simply be used to waft hot air and humidity towards you without any actual “thwacking! Then enjoy a cooling off period – you’ve earned it! And PLEASE drink plenty of cleansing water/ tea.
- Opens and clears the respiratory system
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulates the immune system
- Reduces muscle tension and pain
- Deeply cleanses the skin
- Detoxifies the body