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A Bath Broom is a branch of fresh birch leaves used to hit yourself while in a steam bath most prominently used in Russia and Finland. While it sounds painful it's actually pleasant feeling similar to a massage and provided that the branches are fresh enough, you can use a fair amount of force without hurting yourself. The leaves which should be wet not dry, cushion the impact nicely. The fresh birch also leaves behind a pleasant scent. Prior to refridgeration, were a rather seasonal luxury. In Russia they are refereed to as a banny venik (банный веник) and in Finland they are called vasta or vihta depending on the region.