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Vihta Ritual: In-Sauna Organic “Steam’n’Scrub” Full Body Soft Tissue Massage. Waggling. Stroking. Compressing. Stretching. Lashing. Rubbing. Massaging. Applying. Inhaling. Heating. Sweating. Splashing.
Vihta or Vasta (Finnish) or Venik (Russian) is actually a bunch of leafy Birch or Oak twigs, used in a dry sauna or in a steam room as a very unique massage and exfoliation tool, one of the sauna temperature regulators (!) and a rich source of essential and mineral oils.
The Ritual originates as far as from Crete, Santorini (Atlantis), – Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, - it was remembered in Greece, - Homer, Herodotus, Rene Ginouves (Scythians, Arcadia, Peloponnese), was practiced in early balneas and thermaes in many parts of the Roman Empire, then spread around Europe and Middle East, been transformed in different bathing traditions (Hammam, Turkish Baths, Sauna, Steam Room).
It is unclear, if the very similar Rituals were independently developed in ancient Japan (practiced as integral part of sento and ofuro culture till 16-th century, and then forgotten) and by Maya in Central America (part of Temazcal Ritual), or, coming from the one and only source, The Ritual was spread around the world, not just Europe and Middle East, as a part of same Pre-Greek Mediterranean civilization’s (Atlantis’) heritage.
The Ritual Benefits (Lawrence Wilson, M.D, “Sauna Therapy”)