Interesting facts about the Russian bath

The Russian bath is considered the wettest, as it warms up to high temperatures (60 C and above) at 100 percent humidity. Because of this, the pulse reaches up to 200 beats per minute, the pressure rises, and you should not stay in the steam room for more than 5-7 minutes.

During construction, the Russian bath is sheathed inside with "bath" types of wood, such as: birch, pine, linden, oak, which, when the bath is fired up, begin to release medicinal oils and resins.

In Russia, everyone went to the baths together, from young to old, but in enlightened Europe they preferred to clog the aromas of the body with perfume.

By order of Tsar Peter, a bathhouse for Russian soldiers was erected right on the banks of the Seine. They steamed in it, and then rushed to swim in the river. When the French asked if the soldiers would catch a cold, the tsar replied that the French air softens them, and the Russian bath makes them stronger.

Bath in black, one of the varieties of the Russian bath. It differs in that there is no chimney in the stove and the smoke goes inside the bath, settling on the walls, warming up and disinfecting them. It turns out that in the old days, babies were given birth in such baths, because they considered the black bath the most sterile place!

The bath broom is a primordially Russian invention. Only in the Russian baths the steaming ones whip each other with a broom to drive out the slags.

The first public baths for townspeople began to be built by decree of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in the 18th century. They belonged to private individuals.

Seasoned bath attendants do not drink beer and other alcoholic beverages: alcohol and heavy wort increase dehydration and block the removal of toxins.

Foreigners have always wondered how Russians, after a bath, especially in winter, run out and plunge into the ice-hole. It turns out that such bathing burns up to 1000 calories.

A century ago, to call a woman "bathhouse attendant" was considered a terrible insult, because earlier the words "bathhouse attendant" and "prostitute" were synonymous.

In Russia, since 1743, by a Senate decree, it was forbidden for men to wash together with women in "trade" baths. That is why Russia avoided the syphilis epidemic that swept across Europe.

Before the wedding, there was a tradition in the villages to steam together for the bride and the groom's mother. She looked how healthy and virgin the future daughter-in-law was.

After a good steam room, a person who correctly performs all bath procedures loses up to 2 kg in weight in one visit.

The author of the catchphrase: "... every year on December 31, my friends and I go to the bathhouse ..." - from the Irony of fate, the famous director Eldar Ryazanov has not gone to the bathhouse since childhood.