Established in 1995, the Izba Spa incorporates the traditional Russian Banya with therapeutic massage and modern methods of holistic therapies to encourage health, facilitate rehabilitation and reduce stress. One of the most important aims is to overcome sudden or chronic energy blocks and to restore the normal flow of internal energy to the affected part, or to the entire body. The Banya's heat stress is an effective method of removing fat-stored toxins from the body. The people's wisdom and belief in the healing properties of the Banya were confirmed by the research work of scientists. The Banya is an excellent method of stress reduction, relaxation, health promotion and rejuvenation. Taken regularly the Banya can increase well being, enhance and train the immune functions, facilitate endurance and improve the following conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatism and metabolic cycle deterioration. The advantage of the Banya is the way the heat is increased and the humidity is adjusted. In a well heated Banya the temperature (moisture and heat) is increased by pouring small amounts of water on hot rocks on the stove, which will create the steam and begin to open the pores of the skin. Once you start to perspire, the whisks of oak/birch leaves are taken out of the water, shaken above the stove to warm the branches, and used to gently stroke, brush and tap the body from neck to toes, followed by a honey rub to draw out toxins to soften and condition the skin. This therapy has both antiseptic and detoxifying qualities.