A Platza (Yiddish for shoulders or back) is a potent Russian healing tool enjoyed in an inferno of a room known as a Schvitz or Banya. This is a traditional Russian experience unlike any other. It is done on the uppermost bench, because heat rises, with an oak leaf broom called a venik (hence the name “venik massage”), a very leafy, fragrant bundle of extremely fresh oak tree twigs.
The fresh forest-like smell of the venik creates a sedative effect and melts stress. The venik leaves release organic phytoncides, infection inhibitors, decreasing the growth and development of pathogens in the body. Essential oils are also released, preventing premature aging of the skin. The oak leaves contain a natural astringent, which will open your pores, remove toxins, and exfoliate dead skin. Steam bathing stimulates protein circulation while improving digestibility of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and mineral elements. This intensifies skin capillary activities, strengthens metabolism as the body is filled with energy and the immune system is improved.