Banya 101 Get your sweat on
2814 Colby Ave, Everett,  WA 98201 | (425) 25-Banya
Mon, Wed &Thu 4pm>11pm | Fri—Sat 12pm>11pm | Sun 2pm>10pm Tuesday CLOSED

Bath like a pro

Most people don't sweat enough, and that's a shame. Sweating eliminates toxins, regulates body temperature and helps keep our skin clean and elastic. It's no coincidence that we opened Downtown Banya in the chilly Pacific Northwest, Russia is notoriously cold in the winter and without the sauna, they wouldn't sweat at all.

Americans don't sweat enough either. We use antiperspirants full of chemicals to prevent sweating, and we don't get nearly enough physical activity. Most of us spend hours at a desk working and then finish our evenings in front of the TV. The air we breathe is polluted with toxins and even our food creates metabolic byproducts that are difficult to eliminate.

Get your sweat on

Most of the people we know go to the banya for the camaraderie, the relaxing atmosphere and because afterwards, they sleep like babies.

But the people who get the most out of the banya know the secrets of sweating.

Unless you're lucky enough to grow up in Europe (or have family who did) you probably don't know the best way to get your sweat on.

Banya to the rescue!

Your goal when visiting any sauna should be to sweat as much as possible. Don't worry, it's not hard. Just bring some friends and we'll take care of everything else.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect from an optimum banya session:

  • Release sodium from the bloodstream and improve blood pressure
  • Eliminate by-products of metabolism that cause headaches
  • Total relaxation from the release of lactic acid - the primary cause of muscle fatigue
  • 15 minutes in the banya releases as many toxins as the liver does in 24 hours!

Sweat is the best way to cool off, so when you're in the banya your body works overtime. The banya is kept at 80-100° Celsius (176-212°F) and 15-25% humidity - the best possible sweat conditions.

Get the most out of the banya

  1. Take a shower first, but don't use soap.
  2. Stay long enough to start sweating good (about 10 mins), but don't stay longer than your body can handle. We advise no more than 15 minutes per session.
  3. Take a cold plunge between sauna sessions for maximum benefits.
  4. Drink water or tea in moderate amounts between sessions.
  5. Wear a sauna hat (or towel on your head). The head heats up quicker than the rest of the body and without a hat, you won't be able to stay as long.
  6. 4-6 sessions per visit is best. Make sure that you get plenty of rest time between your stays in steam room.
  7. More friends = more fun!

If you have any more questions about getting the most out of your visit, head over to our Facebook page and ask us a question.

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