Banya: Weekly Ritual


Living on the east coast, we deal with dramatic changes on a day to day basis, which puts major stress on the body and our immune system. One day we go out under dressed cause of the warmer temperatures and the next day we’re bundled up again because it’s snowing and in the negative temperatures. Because of this bipolar weather, fevers and colds happen…if you’re wondering how I avoid getting sick…I go to the Banya!

This eastern European tradition originally came from the Greeks who had a cult of bathhouses. Now banya, also known as the bathhouse are everywhere in this amazing city of ours. They include steam rooms, dry saunas, wet saunas, a cold pool plunge, a Jacuzzi, and sometimes your ordinary pool. So what are the benefits and why do I make it a ritual to go every week? Check out several reasons below:

  • Stress during the week gives our muscles some serious tension but the heat and humidity of saunas relaxes muscles and promotes the release of stress-caused tension.
  • Hot temperatures exercise our hearts so when you are sitting in a sauna, your body learns to relax and actually helps you burn calories by sweating out toxins and excess water weight.
  • The steam in a banya will help your entire body go through detox; opening up pores, and helping with sinuses.
  • And if you are wondering why I hardly get sick during this brutal winter? Well banya’s the most useful for building up your immune system…here’s how: The heat from the banya creates an artificial “fever” ramping up your immune system. Regular use of a sauna helps fight illness. In other words, intense heat mixed with the intense cold strengthens our immune system.

Just some more amazing things that you can do in the banya that I follow religiously is getting a Platza or the American and Russian term is called a “venik”. This is a massage that is done inside the sauna with a bunch of oak or birch tree twigs. This massage provides relief from the humidity whilst releasing natural oils from the skin to improve metabolism and prevent premature aging of the skin. It also increases blood circulation

Tips: wear a hat inside the sauna to prevent from overheating. Also use natural ingredients inside the wet sauna to create an exfoliating scrub with honey and sugar or coffee to wake up the skin.


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Being born to a cosmetologist made it easy for Limor to become a professional hair and make-up consultant. In 1995 she attended The Learning Institute of Beauty Science and graduated with a natural flare that advanced her quickly. Prior to graduating, Limor had some of the biggest names in the industry offering her prominent positions in their company. Instead of taking one of these offers Limor continued expanding knowledge by taking classes in Europe and in the U.S that specialized in hair and makeup artistry. At 18 she started working for the internationally renowned cosmetic and skin care company Il Makiage. After she had gained the experience she wanted she decided to take an offer from Bergdorf Goodman, working under John Barrett. After working there for three years and gaining extensive experience she decided to open her own salon. Coming from a long line of very successful entrepreneurs this was the most logical choice. ...By Limor is the combination of years of education combined with the finest experiences the industry has to offer. Limor has made a name, paying superior attention to both the inside and outside of a womans head. Hair, she believes, should be the glamorous extension of who you are inside. At By Limor, we set new standards for brides . By Limor salon is located in the heart of Mill Basin. Come spend the day in our elegant, discrete, and beautiful location, and get your hair, nails, and makeup done by world class professionals, Who pamper you from head to toe and ready to go.

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