The Soaking Life

The Pursuit of Health, Good Food and Hot Water

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

September 18, 2012
by Guest Blogger
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Exploring Budapest’s Grandest Spa

We are very pleased to present a guest post by Krisztina Fazekas, a gifted Hungarian photographer whose work we featured in a previous post. You can view more of Krisztina’s  photographs at her website, Erre-Arra.  On a day of record high … 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

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

December 8, 2011
by Anne Tourney
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Sulfur: The Divine Stink

To some of us soaking enthusiasts, the infernal stench of sulfur dioxide doesn’t remind us of pitchforks, hellfire or rotten eggs, but of pain and tension seeping out of sore muscles and joints. We associate the rich, earthy smell of … 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