What is a Russian Aufguss?

21 February 2019

Russia is a country where people love going to the sauna and do so often. No surprise then that they have their own Aufguss ritual: a banya session. During this session, a bunch of birch twigs are dipped in water, which makes them release a lovely, specific scent. They are used to turn up the heat, but also on the participants.

Sounds painful, you say? On the contrary, it is an extremely pleasant experience! You lie on your front on one of the benches in the steam bath and the back of your body is hit gently with the birch twigs during the session. This improves circulation, cleanses the skin and reduces stress and painful joints.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on Thursday evening at 20:00 in the steam bath at Thermae Boetfort for a Russian Aufguss session!