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Features of a wood-fired Russian bathhouse

Visiting a Russian bathhouse is a true tradition that has become an integral part of our folk life. Although other countries pay a lot of attention to bathing procedures, Russian bathing has its own peculiarities. Nowadays we are familiar with Japanese, Finnish and Turkish baths, as well as with infra-red sauna, where heating is done by radiating heat onto the body. However, Russian bathhouse is closer to our heart, as it reflects Slavic traditions and philosophy of our everyday life.
One of the features of the Russian bath is a moderate microclimate. The temperature rarely rises above 50 degrees, and the humidity is high. When the wood burns, it fills the steam in the bath with a special aroma that clears the airways and relaxes the nervous system. An important part of the Russian bath is the use of broom - special twigs of oak, birch, eucalyptus, nettle and other plants. The broom is used to massage the body, as well as to stroke the skin, which improves blood circulation and overall health.
Compared with other types of baths, the Russian bath has its own advantages. For instance, the hamam is too mild for those who are accustomed to intense steam room treatments. The Finnish sauna, where visitors usually lie or sit, is not as effective for warming up the skin and muscles. The Japanese sauna does not let your skin breathe because of its dense steam. Russian bathing, with its moderate microclimate, the steam from the wood and the use of brooms, provides a complex effect on the body, promoting wellness, relaxation and a feeling of freshness.

Thus, Russian wood-fired sauna is a unique phenomenon that combines not only physical benefits, but also spiritual revival through the reflection of our Slavic traditions. A visit to a Russian bathhouse is a true immersion into our culture and promotes health and well-being.