Below we have compiled a collection of links to reports on visits to the Russian bathhouse by people from Western cultures. Some of the articles might seem curious, some might be helpful. The services we offer in Canada are adapted to Canadian culture and mentality, but they are based on the best practices from a centuries-old tradition.
Blog of 21-year-old student, with pretty mystique view of the sauna ceremony
http://idoportal.blogspot.ca/2006/09/russian-sauna-and-real-presents.html – Ido’s blog with report of his visit to Russian sauna in Sept. 2006th.
http://runawaymaggiemay.blogspot.ca/2013/05/my-first-russian-banya-experience.html – blog of American student about his visit to private bania n Russia
http://lifeinrussia.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/russian-communal-banya/ – some experience on a visit to Russian communal bania.
Please keep in mind, that communal bania is very different in many aspects from the private bania, but the essence of the ceremony is pretty similar.
Where the Hell is Rory? – http://www.travelingroundtheworld.com/russian-banya-experience-in-irkutsk/ – another story about visit to sauna in Northern Russia. A lot of freezing photos.
Russian Banya (Steam Bath) by Peter Scarselletti – http://sydneysystemablog.blogspot.ca/2013/10/russian-banya-steam-bath-by-peter.html – recommendation from Australian guy.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g298484-d667243-r158502732-Sanduny_Bathhouses-Moscow_Central_Russia.html – many review of Western tourists on the first visit to Russian Bania.
Friendly kidnapping: a Russian pastime –
http://theindependent.ca/2011/08/29/friendly-kidnapping-a-russian-pastime/ – the article in “The independence”.
More links to content about Russian bania:
http://masterrussian.com/russianculture/banya.htm – special bania proverbs, culture, history.
Health risks and benefits:
http://yoursaunaandsteamroom.co/enjoying/are-there-any-health-risks-associated-with-the-sauna/ – pretty detailed consideration of potential risks
http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/sauna_health_benefits – very short review from Harvard education.
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Sauna-Safely – how to use sauna safely