Put simply, a platza treatment involves having your body repetitively smacked with a broom made of oak leaves that have been soaked in warm water and oils. The treatment is carried out in a steam room, to open your pores and ready your skin for the “healing powers” of the plant smacks.
Russian and Turkish Baths, a bath house in Miami Beach, Fla., that specializes in platza treatments says the plant’s leaves release essential oils that prevent premature aging of the skin. The oak leaves contain a natural astringent to open your pores, remove toxins, and exfoliate dead skin.
In an interview with “Time Out New York”, actress Elizabeth Banks described her experience with a platza treatment in Budapest. She told the magazine, “It was so painful, but I was too embarrassed to say, ‘Please stop!’”
Where to find it:
Dillons Russian Steam Bath in Chelsea offers platza treatments for $13. Admission to the spa itself costs $23.