Anyone here do the bathhouse thing?

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Some people call them Korean spas, but that just seems wrong. There's one near DC called Spa World. It's intriguing, but I don't know if I want to be in a pool naked with strangers. If you've gone to one of these places, what did you like or not like about it?

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Yes, and I didn't like the nudity. Little kids walking around, staring at you.... It really just wasn't a great experience overall; I didn't find the appeal, but I did enjoy the all-over exfoliating massage. I was aghast at all of the dead skin that came off and was still a little uncomfortable with the whole nudity thing and that the masseuse was required to be in her underwear by tradition. It was years ago, and I've never been again. Nudity aside, there just wasn't much that would draw me back there again. They didn't even have a pool. It was a relatively new spa.
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I go to King Spa in Dallas about once a month - www.kingspa.com

I love it! The nudity thing is only weird for about the first 5 minutes, then you realize NO one cares. I actually think it's a great way to see what real women look like, not Hollywood airbrushed, not p*rn fetishized, just real honest women. You see everything from 2 year old little girls to 80 year old women, with all shapes, sizes and colors. It's actually refreshing to feel that comfortable with my body.

The spa services are amazing and a great price that you could not get at any conventional American spa. I usually get the body scrub and massage - 90 minutes for $85 and those women *scrub* you down.

The spa I go to is kept very clean. In fact, the entire time you're there, you see people cleaning everywhere and they'll periodically shut down certain pools or saunas to deep clean them. They are very strict about everyone showering with soap before getting into any pools.
I can't do it myself, but the body scrub sounds good. All I can think of is Youve Got Hepatitis Sound Clip and Quote

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I did while living in Japan. Didn't like it but that was because I don't see the idea of sitting in a pool of water for so long. Not a water person.
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I would do it. It sounds awesome! Dunno if I would go in the pool, but I would go for the heated rooms, the body scrub and massage

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I love Spa World! I go as often as I can. The nudity doesn't bother me but as another poster says, no one cares.

Also, the heated rooms are coed and everyone is clothed in the same thing--shorts and tops they provide. The water room--giant bade pool, steam room, jacuzzi--is single sex with nudity.
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I've been in Japan, and to Russian banya, which is similar but coed and no nudity. I went to a Koren spa in LA once with a friend. I like them. The nudity doors not bother me, I enjoy the water and the heat. I have only ever gone with friends, for me it is a social thing. There's one in Queens my mom wants me to go to with her, I just need to find the time
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I would rather chop off a tie. Not a fan of naked-with-strangers. It friends. Shudder.
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I know that for Japanese-style bathhouses, you're supposed to shower before you get in the water. I imagine it's the same at Korean-style ones.

I'd be worried about the risk of disease transmission in hot, unchlorinated water. Does anyone happen to know if bathhouses take measures to prevent this?
I know that for Japanese-style bathhouses, you're supposed to shower before you get in the water. I imagine it's the same at Korean-style ones.

I'd be worried about the risk of disease transmission in hot, unchlorinated water. Does anyone happen to know if bathhouses take measures to prevent this?
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
This is my greatest concern.

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At the Korean spa I attended people were required to shower/clean themselves before getting in any tubs. The spa ladies enforced the rules pretty seriously
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I have zero interest in this but if you have tattoos, at least here in Okinawa, you cannot go. They are very particular about tattoos here.
There was a woman in the reviews for the Dallas one who said she was a bit of a spectacle nude due to her body tattoos, so they must not be so strict about it there

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Regular people don't really get tattoos in Japan, only yakuza (organized crime), so that's why the restriction. Some places there are more lax than others, though. Here I've never had a problem with my ink, but here it is totally different
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I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
i used to go to one in san francisco called osento. it was a great place - only for (adult) women.

i mostly went there alone, my favorite thing was laying in the sun nakey. it was totally embarassing to go with friends but we got over it eventually.
Regular people don't really get tattoos in Japan, only yakuza (organized crime), so that's why the restriction. Some places there are more lax than others, though. Here I've never had a problem with my ink, but here it is totally different
Originally Posted by geeky
I know it is very uncommon for most people in the mainland to be tattooed and the whole yakuza thing but it is a bit different on this island. Lots of people (and not just Americans) are tattooed but you still cannot go. I do wonder about this but cannot see myself ever getting over my hangups about my body. I don't think I would be able to relax the whole time I was there.

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