THESE days in the UK a spa break includes a nice green smoothie, a couple of saunas and a nice facial.
But in Russia, some men and women are still going to strict Soviet sanatoriums that look like something from a horror film.
Originally conceived in the 1920s, Soviet sanatoriums afforded workers a place to holiday, courtesy of a state-funded voucher system.
At their peak they were visited by millions of citizens across the USSR every year.
A combination of medical institution and spa, the sanatoriums were among the most innovative buildings of their time.
The breaks were intended to improve both the mental and physical state of the visitors.
Health professionals carefully monitored guests throughout their stay, so they could return to work with renewed vigour.
While today some sanatoriums are in critical states of decline, many are still fully operational and continue to offer their Soviet-era treatments to visitors.
These include crude oil baths, luminotherapy treatment and oxygen therapy chambers.
Using specially commissioned photographs by leading photographers of the post-Soviet territories, and texts by sanatorium expert Maryam Omidi, a new book provides a sneak peak inside more than forty sanatoriums and their unconventional treatments.
From Armenia to Uzbekistan, it represents the most comprehensive survey to date of the overlooked Soviet institutions.
Holidays In Soviet Sanatoriums by Maryam Omidi was published by FUEL and is available to buy for £19.95.
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