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Banya Etiquette

Banya Etiquette

We love seeing newcomers at our bathhouse. Trying something that is completely new is a sign of open mindedness and perhaps bravery. It's fun to share the history and etiquette of steaming with newcomers, after all, it is our passion. There are some unspoken rules at all bathhouses, and it's understandable that not everyone would be aware of these rules, so we've compiled a list of tips to help every one of our customers become a true bathhouse pro!

#1 Never leave any steam room doors open

Leaving the door open to a steam room is definitely the most common mistake that beginners make. It is innocent enough, but often results in a myriad of groans and remarks from regular patrons. The reason for this is that a steam room cools down surprisingly quickly when the door is open since all of the heat is let out. This is obviously not ideal for people who come to the bathhouse for the sole purpose of warming up, especially if they are using a venik. For the same reason, it is also considered common curtesy to enter and exit the steam room as quickly as possible.

#2 Communicate

In the Russian parilka (russian sauna) guests are allowed to control the humidity of the room by pouring water onto hot rocks. We encourage you to warn other people in the room  before doing so. This is the fair thing to do because it gives people who don't like high humidity a chance to leave before you start. The key here is communication. Don't be afraid to talk! Unlike other spas, we don't have a "quiet" rule. In fact, we encourage friendly conversation here. Historically, the bathhouse is as much a place to socialize as it is to get clean and healthy.

#3 Keep track of your robes, towels, and locker keys

The robes, towels, and locks you get are your own responsibility. Pick a hook to hang your towel and robe and stick with it. This will save you a lot of confusion and wasted time. It also makes things less confusing for others because when everyone keeps track of their things, mixups are minimized.

#5 Veniks are not communal!

Another innocent  but common error is the assumption that all veniks are up for grabs; often people will use veniks which are not their own. We have tubs by the parilka door which customers use to soak their veniks. If you see a venik soaking in one of these tubs, leave it be! If you would like to use a venik, make sure to find the person who owns it and ask them before doing so, or you can purchase your own from us at the front desk.

#6 No beauty products in the parilka or cold tub

No one wants to jump into a tub full of oily or filmy water, so please be considerate and wash off any oils, masks, lotions, ointments, muds, scrubs, or salts before selfishly submerging yourself into the cold tub. Same goes for the finnish sauna and the parilka. These beauty products ruin the wood panels of these two rooms and leave behind a foul burnt smell. Not to fear though, if you like to get pretty, you are welcome to use all of these products in the turkish hammam.


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