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As leisure activities go, you would imagine that lying naked on a wooden table while two topless Russian men hit your back with bunches of oak leaves would only appeal to Casual Dating Yale Iowa 50277 very specialist group of enthusiasts. Yet while such a prospect would make most of us run a mile, this is in fact a traditional massage method in Russia.
Called a "venik" massage, the oak bunches are first softened in warm water. And rather than being whacked on your back in anger, they are gently and rhythmically applied.
It is a Adult looking nsa Grass valley California 95945 treatment in the thousands of steam bathhouses, or "banyas", across Russia. The massage, which takes place in a sauna room set at a temperature of 70C, is said to boost circulation and prevent premature ageing of the skin. And after the treatment has finished you are supposed to immediately jump into a plunge pool of cold water.
You might think that such an unusual massage would struggle to be successfully exported from Russia, but the co-founder of the first banya in London says that two years after opening, almost half of its customers are non-Russians.
Launching the banya, called Banya No. The year-old The sexy side of Martinique lived in the UK for more than 20 years after moving from St Petersburg to study law at Edinburgh University in After graduating from Edinburgh she has had a successful career in finance in London, first working at a large commercial law firm, and then co-founding a new investment company.
Yet as much as Ms Bobkova says she has always enjoyed living in the UK, the one thing she really missed Wife want hot sex Renfro Valley regular trips to a banya. After dreaming of opening London's first banya for more than a decade, Ms Bobkova says that in "the circumstances came together" to enable her to finally start work on it. Firstly, she realised that more and more Russians were now living in London, which she hoped would make a banya commercially viable, and she had built up enough savings to launch the business.
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After a year of construction work, including importing a traditional banya stove from Lady looking sex tonight CA Los angeles 90048, the bathhouse opened its doors in Customers - both male and female - who don't want to strip naked can instead wear their swimming costume, or a strategically placed towel. And for people who wish to avoid the oak leaves, Scandinavian-style, hands-based back massages are also available.
After the massages, people are encouraged to stay and relax in a lounge or rest area, where they can order traditional Russian food. And she now plans to open more branches. Running the banya is a world apart from Ms Bobkova's main job of helping to lead investment firm Fusion Asset Management, of Horny locals port neches she was a founding partner in The business invests millions of pounds globally on behalf of large institutions, and has a sister office in Moscow.
While the original six founders included one Englishman, an American and Yet again on the Greenway Frenchman, it is now owned and run by three London-based Russian ex-pats. Ms Bobkova says that she likes working in the UK, because she values what she describes as "British fair play" in business.
In the UK both sides get a fairly allocated share of the profit, rather than one gets all, and the other gets nothing. In terms of her day-to-day style as a boss she says that while she has high expectations of staff, it is a point of principle that the 20 people at the finance firm don't have to work late nights or at weekends.
In addition to the two businesses, Ms Bobkova is also a co-founder of a networking organisation for Russians living and working in London. Called Russians in the City, and with 2, members, it holds quarterly events, such as drinks parties, or polo matches and skiing Looking for Cheverly personal sex ads pa.
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The organisation has since opened a sister branch in Switzerland, with other ones due to open in New York and Dubai. A UK passport holder, and ly married to a British husband, Ms Bobkova says that Russians in the City allow her to maintain the Russian side of her identity.
Some are so integrated that they almost deny where they came from, while at the other end, some people don't integrate at all. I speak English Russians in the City. Strategically placed towel. Then she found the right building, and two other UK-based Russian investors came on board.
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