Bathhouse worker Alexander Bogatov prepares a hot pot at the British Banya bathhouse, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 15, 2014. Preparations begin late in the afternoon, at least three hours before a bathing party arrives.
The eclectic outdoor bathhouse is just a few miles away from the ski slopes where athletes are competing for Olympics medals.
The banya is an institution in Russia, where bathhouse traditions date back for centuries.
Olga Gharkova bathes in a hot pot at the British Banya bathhouse, Feb. 15, 2014.
"The most important thing about the banya is to have a good spirit in the body," says bathhouse master Ivan Tkach.