Soaking in chany, or Transcarpathian open-air mineral water tubs, is one of the most unorthodox ways to relax and have fun. Chany are available year-round. The procedure is quite simple: a cast-iron tub is filled with mineral water heated to 40-45 degrees Celsius. The heat is maintained by wood fire burning underneath the tub. Oftentimes, there’s special rocks in the bottom of the tub that help accumulate the heat. Adding medical herbs to the water is also common.
Still, the most important ingredient to chany is the people that are being “cooked”. You can have up to 6 friends boiling in a tub with you.
You plunge into the tub up to your neck and instantly feel the relaxing warmth spreading throughout your body. And as the heat grows stronger and you feel that your blood is about to boil, you get out of the tub and jump into a cold mountain stream! Such contrast can be especially refreshing in winter time when the temperature drops below -10 degrees, and you run to the stream barefoot in snow.
This kind of exotic Transcarpathian baths is good for your health. They say that after 2 or 3 chany sessions, you don’t catch cold for a whole year. That’s because the sulphuric mineral water used in chany improves your muscle tone, enables your skin to breathe better, saturates it with minerals and improves the functioning of your circulatory system.
Whenever you’re in Uzhgorod, make sure to try out chany and enjoy the great fun, relaxation and health benefits that they bring.
Chany are available throughout the Transcarpathian region: in Uzhgorod (Ungvarskiy hotel), Kostrino (60 km from Uzhgorod), Svalyava (75 km), as well as Lumshory (45 km).