Have you ever experienced a Russian steam room or Turkish bath? At Voda Spa, you can take part in an age-old ritual that is not only relaxing but a unique way to soothe muscles.

The second you walk through the door you’re surrounded by a sense of calm. To your right is a full bar/lounge area with flat screen TVs and plush seating, so you can look forward to a nice glass of wine after your massage or facial.

Across the way is the Voda Café that offers organic, healthy breakfast/lunch/dinner fare like Banana Croissant French Toast ($7), salads, paninis and wraps ($8-11).

Once you are shown to your locker to disrobe, walk downstairs to the co-ed main spa area.

There are three styles of saunas and rooms where your scrubs are performed (Russian, European, Asian), a huge swimming pool, a cold dip and a juice bar. The banyas (traditional Russian saunas) are heated in upwards of 200 degrees. They are designed to bring out any impurities in your body and prepare you for your next service – in my case, a 50 minute Hot Salt Scrub ($50).

My healer (as I like to call her) was LG, who thoroughly scrubbed my body with a handmade mop of sorts in the banya. She made the experience that much better by explaining in detail what I was about to experience.

Voda offers a variety of scrubs, facials like the Voda Classic ($125) with its blend of botanical extracts and the eucalyptus gel Russian Bear massage ($115). You can also get waxed or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure.

As this is a European-style spa, any scrub services you receive are performed in the banyas, meaning that others will be watching you. Voda provides two days out of the week for those of us who are a little shy, though, Wednesdays (ladies only) and Sundays (gentlemen only).

For more information, visit www.vodaspa.com.