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I'm reading about the Summerland fire disaster (a resort on the Isle of Man burned down, killing 50) and I got to the list of special baths offered.

At street level, there was the remedial entrance for persons using the aerotone, sauna, steam, hot, cold plunge, slipper, Vichy douche, massage, Russian vapour and Turkish baths. Some facilities on this level, such as an aerotone bath, did not appear in the original plans and were added during construction because they had proved to be profitable additions to swimming baths in mainland Britain.

Aerotone baths (do watch the video!) were a sort of early Jacuzzi with bubbles and a cold rinse at the end.  As far as I can tell, a slipper bath is a plain ol' bathtub with one sloped side for reclining.   A Vichy douche was, at Vichy, a four-hand massage under a hot shower of Vichy water.  At Summerland, it was presumably just a massage under a hot shower, which still sounds swell to me.  I do not know the difference between a sauna, a Russian vapour bath, and a Turkish bath. 

Date: 2017-06-16 01:49 am (UTC)
executrix: (faith hope trick)
From: [personal profile] executrix
A sauna is dry heat produced by heated rocks (although sometimes people throw water on the stones to make the air hotter)--there's no steam in the air. A Russian vapour bath is probably just a steam room, although there's a traditional Russian bathhouse where they hit you with twigs. A Turkish bath seems to be a place with several different rooms with different temperatures of water and air.

Date: 2017-06-16 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] executrix
Not always! I generally go into the sauna at the gym, and I've only once or twice seen anybody pouring on the water. BTW the rule is you're supposed to wear a towel at the very least, but I just wear my clothes and go from the sauna to the shower.

In New York City there are Korean spas that have a variety of bathing experiences as well as beauty treatments, and you can spend the whole day moving around between settings and having a massage, facial, pedicure, etc.

Date: 2017-06-16 05:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cupcake_goth
I've been to a Korean-style spa, and the spa right by my house (!!! BEST THING EVER !!!) is modeled after a Korean spa, but smaller. At my neighborhood spa:


  • Three saunas: dry cedar, dry with pink salt walls and infrared lamps, and steam.

  • Three pools: 96 degrees, 105 degrees, and why do I hate myself 56 degrees. (But going from the hot pool to the cold pool is the fastest way I know to short-circuit a migraine.)

  • Massage and scrub services.



Have I mentioned I love my neighborhood spa? LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM.

(They're going to start offering a scalp and neck massage service, and have asked if they can try it out on me, their resident migraine victim.)

Date: 2017-06-16 05:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cupcake_goth
If you ever make it up to my area, I will take you there! It is the best thing ever. Splurging on an annual membership is the best thing I've ever done for myself; it means that I can go there, whenever they're open, and even if I'm only there for an hour, I'm not wasting money.

(The staff joke with me that there's one particular spot in the tepid pool that is my living room. It's where I spend most of my time, with a book. IT IS HEAVEN.)

Date: 2017-06-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
SO jealous. I went to one with my cousin before her wedding and did not want to leave; if I had one in my neighborhood I would just live there.

The one I went to had a dry sauna with a heated floor heaped in salt and covered loosely in canvas. You lay down and settled into a warm cradle that conformed perfectly to your body. It was amazing.

Date: 2017-06-18 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meara
Come visit! I have a guest room! The Korean spa here has multiple rooms like that--sand or salt floor covered in fabric, and then different temperatures and/or amount of lighting.

I took my sister to it when she visited a while back and she told my mom, who said she wanted to go, but she then freaked out when she found out the sauna/hot tub parts were naked (the other rooms they give you a thin cotton robe for)

Date: 2017-06-16 07:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nineveh_uk
And even where water is chucked on the rocks by over-enthusiastic Scandinavian students, the amount of steam is still vastly less than in a steam room, and the temperature usually quite a bit higher.

You wear your clothes in the sauna? Or by clothes do you mean your swimming kit - I had a momentary vision of someone in a tracksuit, like boxers sweating themselves to fighting weight. Personally, my goal in a sauna is nudity (sitting on my towel, of course), which I find more physically comfortable, but which means in the UK either the handful of Turkish baths that exist, or seizing every chance I get on holiday where nudity is expected and in some cases swimming costumes not allowed.

Date: 2017-06-16 01:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
The Harrogate Turkish Baths is still nudity tolerant.

Date: 2017-06-16 03:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] executrix
One of the oddities of the town where I live is that there are almost no places to swim!--which is all right with me, I don't like to swim. But I mean the clothes I was wearing to work out in, usually a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt.

Date: 2017-06-16 10:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oursin
Yes - they used to have all of these at the Porchester Baths, before they did the major refit. The Russian vapour bath was steam cranked up to the max, and the Turkish bath was spacious rooms at differing heats. (I really wish they had kept its original 1930s municipal style.)

Date: 2017-06-16 05:53 pm (UTC)
oursin: Animate icon of hedgehog and rubber tortoise and words 'O Tempora O Mores' (o tempora o mores)
From: [personal profile] oursin
I don't think I've been in it since the days of its somewhat shabby retro glory - it says they've retained the tiling etc, but to what extent it's the same, I don't know.

Date: 2017-06-16 06:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
The public baths in my home town still had slipper baths when I was a kid. They're just baths (slippers regerring to what one wears when going to ad from the, so far as I know) because many houses at the time still didn't have proper bathrooms.

Date: 2017-06-16 08:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sillymouse
Yarmouth's Slipper Baths functioned as public toilets (bathing area boarded up) until the turn of this century; after a decade of dereliction they were converted into bungalows a few years ago. Still with Slipper Baths sign in place.

Date: 2017-06-16 03:24 pm (UTC)
sillymouse: Plum Blossom (Default)
From: [personal profile] sillymouse
Another theory on why they are called slipper baths here:

http://www.picturethepast.org.uk/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;DCCC001397&pos=2&action=zoom

Interesting to see that they were operating as late as 1980.

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