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Venik Platza is a Russian hot massage using a venik, performed in the Russian steam banya.

Venik is the “tsar of banya” – a leafy, fragrant bundle of birch, oak, eucalyptus, juniper and other tree twigs. The venik helps with muscle and joint pain. It cleans the skin, accelerates the healing of wounds and scratches…. and it smells wonderfully. Its special virtue is that it widens the small bronchi, aiding in the removal of phlegm and improves the ventilation of the lungs. The leaves contain essential oils, tanning substances and vitamins A and C.

Venik Platza combines the natural healing power of tree leaves with the revitalizing heat of a Russian steam room. We use fresh birch or oak tree veniks that have been soaking in hot water to help bring out the oils and aromas. 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 practitioner 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. 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 practitioner. This helps the skin to receive that final portion of vitamins and essential oils contained in the 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.



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