‘Taking the Waters’ and Naked Germans
Once again (my 5th time I believe) I had the honour, along with one of my senior aestheticians, of going to Baden-Baden Germany for 5 days, all expenses paid, as guests of Biodroga Systems.
For those of you who are new to Rosewater Spas, Biodroga Skin Care, one of our principle skin care lines is a brand name that stands for exclusive biological beauty skin care, headquartered in the charming German SPA town of Baden-Baden.
Just back a week ago, I am so excited to share with you some of the highlights of this incredible experience. You wouldn’t believe what we did in just 5 days!
- hands on training with their International Trainer
- guided tour of the Biodroga facilities with their head chemist
- open discussions with other spa owners on skin care trends
- power walks in the foothills of the Black Forest in the am before class every day
- day trip to Strasbourg, France…ooh la la with an unplanned stop at a winery for a dégustation of local Reislings, Gewurztraminers and Kirsch.
I just have to go in to more detail here about the true highlight for me personally.
One of the greatest treasures of Baden-Baden undoubtedly is Friedrichsbad, an amazing Roman-Irish bathhouse built in 1869 over the ruins of the original Roman baths, where bathing and wallowing in the thermal waters is as much a tradition today as it was two thousand years ago.
A flight from Toronto to Frankfurt over night, a 3 hour bus ride and a 5 minute walk from our hotel led me to begin my journey of partaking of the curative waters. Talk about a detox & anti-jet lag! Prepare to abandon modesty (and clothing) as this 2 hour experience takes you through a maze of rooms opulently appointed with marble floors, painted tiles, cupolas, colonnades and frescoed walls.
The experience of Friederichsbad resembles a unique treasure hunt. You follow a sequence that is inscribed on the wall in each room, specifying how much time you should spend there. It begins with a leisurely shower followed by a warm-air bath, then a hot-air bath that makes the perspiration flow in healthy torrents, releasing toxins.
After another shower to cool off you are given an invigorating soap-and-brush massage…you know it’s over with a slap on the derrière. You then enter the inhalation steam bath where you can rest & breathe deeply, and then on to a series of thermal pools of varying temperatures where you can either rest in the water or swim gently and enjoy the solitude, disturbed only by the resounding echo of footsteps and occasional whispers.
Then the treasure: a round, tepid pool under an enormous dome, flooded with natural light and decorated with the finest marble and statutes. If you tear yourself away from this lovely pool the following phase is a hot bath with bubbling jets, terminating in a quick dip into a shocking 18 degree Celsius pool (I chickened out on this last station I must confess). Then you enter a tranquil rotunda with small beds where you are wrapped up in warm Then you enter a tranquil rotunda with small beds where you are wrapped up in warm blankets and left to rest or nap.
Bliss personified…adieu jet lag.
Posted by Liz Belford June 2014