Skivvies Not Required

6 Sep

I’ve taken some really long baths in my time.  I’ll finish a book there or just slowly turn into a prune.  I love it.  So the prospect of taking a 3.5 hour bath has me anxious for our trip to get here already.

In Baden-Baden, so named as it is the city of Baden in the district of Baden, we will be getting squeaky clean.  We will also, apparently, be getting naked.  At the Roman-Irish Baths in Freiderichsbad mud doesn’t stand a chance and neither does that good old American-bred modesty.  All clothes are left behind for 3.5 hours of different baths, showers, steam rooms and pools.  My thought is that if everyone else is going to be starkers then who cares?  I know the rest of the world doesn’t think this way but a wise man by the name of Ollie gave me a really good piece of advice once.  He said that no one thinks about you even a fraction as much as you think they do.  So if you believe that, and I do, then is naked guy #2 really going to spend the next half hour thinking about how white my behind is?  Doubtful.  So on with the fun!

There are a number of steps involved in the bathing, as I mentioned before.  They are as follows:

  1. Shower
  2. Warm air bath 129.2° F
  3. Hot air bath 154.4° F
  4. Shower
  5. Soap & brush massage (additional cost)
  6. Shower
  7. Thermal steam bath 113° F
  8. Themal steam bath 118.4° F
  9. Thermal full bath 96.8° F
  10. Themal whirlpool bath
  11. Thermal kinotherapeutic bath (did research on what kinotherapeutic is but it’s all in German)
  12. Shower
  13. Cold water bath (immersion bath) 64.4° F
  14. Drying off (warm towels)
  15. Application of moisturizing cream
  16. Resting area

The baths alternate from completely mixed to mostly separated from day to day.  On the day the sexes are seperated they can still meet up in the baths under the domed roof.  I think it would be fun to share this with the Mister.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying “In Freiderichsbad you lose track of time within 10 minutes and track of the world in 20 minutes”.

Towels, slippers and moisturizing cream all come with the price of admission (€29 with the soap massage and €21 without).  All the different rooms have assigned time limits as some German scientist spent a very long time figuring out the exact amount of time you would need to be wrapped up in a blanket.  Times are somewhat flexible from what I read and the staff is roughly multilingual.  I plan on just following the delighted sighs.


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