The Soaking Life

The Pursuit of Health, Good Food and Hot Water

June 23, 2014
by Anne Tourney
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The Terme di Sirmione and its Miraculous Waters

Featuring Guest Blogger Sophia Knowles We are pleased to feature a guest blog by Sophia Knowles, who presents our first article on the geothermal waters of Italy: Hello everybody! My name is Sophia, a newly-born travel blogger with a strong … Continue reading

November 19, 2013
by Anne Tourney
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Hungary’s Underground Gem: The Cave Bath of Miskolc

Featuring Guest Blogger Krisztina Fazekas The geothermal baths of Miskolctapolca have been known for their healing properties for centuries. Long before the contemporary structures of the Cave Bath of Miskolc (known as Barlangfürdo in Hungarian) were built, medieval monks and … Continue reading

March 6, 2013
by Anne Tourney
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Rudas Bath: An Ancient Tradition of Soaking in Budapest

Featuring Guest Blogger Krisztina Fazekas Our tour of Hungary’s geothermal springs continues with another guest post by Hungarian photographer and writer Krisztina Fazekas. Krisztina visited the Rudas Bath in Budapest to bring us these stunning images of the spa. You can … Continue reading

May 14, 2012
by Anne Tourney
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Indian Hot Springs Resort, Idaho Springs, Colorado

“Chthonic” isn’t an adjective that pops into my head very often, but it’s the word that came to mind the first time I entered the geothermal caves at Indian Hot Springs. As I stepped into the underground geothermal baths, I … Continue reading

February 20, 2012
by Guest Blogger
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Experiencing the Thermal Baths of Budapest: An Afternoon at St. Luke’s

 We are delighted to present a guest blog by Jessica Kulick, professional travel writer, photographer and global couch surfer extraordinaire. You can follow Jessica’s adventures and read more of her witty insights at her blog, Of Revolt. Photographs were graciously … Continue reading

February 7, 2012
by Guest Blogger
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Aguas Calientes de Madre Tierra

We are  pleased to present a guest blog by Jan Marie Smith, our water yoga instructor.  Jan is a 30-year aquatic professional who offers aquatic movement workshops, children’s and adults’ swimming classes, private swim clinics and water yoga classes throughout … Continue reading

December 20, 2011
by Anne Tourney
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Sand Dunes Swimming Pool: Hooper, Colorado

Our first visit to the Sand Dunes Pool was a lucky accident. One snowy night, after setting off down a narrow rural highway for an after-dark soak at a hot spring spa about 50 miles from home, we realized that … Continue reading

November 6, 2011
by Anne Tourney
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Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

If you happen to be traveling to Salt Lake City via Interstate 70, take a detour through Monroe, Utah to soak at Mystic Hot Springs. Located at the edge of town, the  geothermal pools offer quiet, secluded soaking in a … Continue reading

October 11, 2011
by Anne Tourney
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An Informal Introduction to Soaking

Balneotherapy (from the Latin balneum, meaning “bath”): The treatment of disease or injury by drinking or soaking in water with curative properties. In the holistic, less-than-formal definition of “balneotherapy” that we’ve adopted at The Soaking Life, the term encompasses the … Continue reading