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Channel your inner Tolstoy with a good ol’ parenie, an old school Russian massage, which involves being swathed in hot wet leaves and pummelled by venik – a leafy bundle of herbs. It’s meant to reduce muscle tension and stress and it’s the speciality treatment at Banya No.1 – the only traditional Russian baths in London.
Unlike conventional saunas, the banya surrounds you with high levels of steam as water is splashed onto cast iron heated to 700ºC inside a brick furnace. Amid the pummellings you can also expect plenty of vodka shots and tasty Russian delicacies as part of the Slavonic experience.
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This experience is my ultimate favorite! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
In fact I'm going to visit Banya again and again. Spa facilities are great and clean and massage was amazing.
I love this place and go there once a month with my girl friends. Perfect spa day out! You get a table and can order herbal teas and nibbles, and get all the wonderful treatments.My favourite ones are a tree twig massage in the heat of the steam room (very-very cleansing experience), honey and salt scrub (also very cleansing) and a regular massage. What I like is that every member of personnel was hand-picked, all therapists are really the best - they can be really proud about it. Seriously, the massages are performed by people with years of experience and upgraded qualifications in Japan, Thailand, etc. (yes, I always talk to masseurs finding out their background - inexperienced one can do a lot of damage, whereas a good one can help immensely).
Apart from all the spa benefits, I go there to give a proper break for my brain and thoughts and have an experience of travelling to another country (Russia) for a short space of time, without having to live London. I think it's cool!
It was the best Spa experience I've ever had. Definitely would come back. Parenie is the key! Something absolutely different.
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