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Had to share….A Modern Day Bath

So funny I had to share:  So this morning as I was on my way to work I was listening to a discussion the radio that sounded alot like the discussion we had last night about Bath and the different ways that people perceived of it.  It was about a clothing optional hot springs called Strawberry Park here in Colorado.  There was a great deal of discussion about whether this was truely a great therapeutic spa, as one host suggested, or a playground for Swingers and contamination as suggested by another host.  Even the host who argued that the spa was a great therapeutic spa, hinted that it was best to be in one of the higher pools because you didn’t know what has drained down into the lower pools.  It’s strange though that even in reading the Park’s website you can see the different ways in which people could look at it.  For instance, the main page says:

“Strawberry Park Hot Springs is truly an unforgettable experience.  The blending of pure natural beauty and the unique stone masonry of our pools will undoubtedly impress you with each visit.  Our facility is unique and unlike anything you have seen before.”

However, then if you look on the regulations page, you can see why Matt Bramble viewed Bath the way he did:

“Risk of Fetus Damage – Hot water exposure limitations vary from person to person. Pregnant women and small children should not use spa prior to medical consultation.

Risk of Drowning – Elderly persons, or anyone under a physician’s care and those persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure and other health problems should not enter the spa without prior medical consultation and permission from their doctor.

Risk of Drowning – Do not use the spa while under the influence of alcohol, anticoagulants, antihistamines, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics, tranquilizers, or other drugs that cause sleepiness, drowsiness, or raise/lower blood pressure.

Risk of Child Drowning – Unsupervised use of spa by children is prohibited.

Risk of Injury – Before entering, check spa water temperature do not use the spa if the temperature is above 104° F(40°C).

Risk of Injury – Enter and exit slowly.

Risk of Injury – Keep all breakable objects out of the spa area. Bottles, crockery, glassware, or other hazardous objects shall not be permitted in the spa area or on the deck area.

Risk of Drowning – Do not use when bathing alone. Persons should spend no more then (15) minutes in the spa area at any one (1) session. Overexposure to hot water may cause nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Lower water temperatures are recommended for extended use (exceeding 10-15 minutes) and for young children.

Risk of Shock – Never place electrical appliances (telephone, radio, tv, etc) within five (5) feet of the spa.

Risk of Shock – The spa shall not be operated during severe weather conditions, i.e. electrical storms, tornadoes, etc.

Risk of Disease – Persons having or reasonably suspected to have any considerable area of exposed sub-epidermal tissue, cuts, or known or recognizable contagious or communicable disease, cough, cold, open sore, blisters, bandaged wound, fever, inflammation of the eyes, masal or ear discharge, shall not be allows to enter the spa water. Spitting, urinating, blowing the nose, or depositing foreign matter in the spa shall be strictly prohibited.”

Link for Strawberry Park: http://www.strawberryhotsprings.com/2005/




One thought on “Had to share….A Modern Day Bath

  1. Bridget,
    This is fascinating. I particularly find the rather gory disclaimers (ie. “fetus damage” — yikes!) along side the assertions of health and wellness.
    It reminds me, albeit rather tangentially of another ‘spa’ in the area that is controversial to say the least.Every time I drive through Golden, I am struck by a billboard for Mountain Air Ranch is a “family friendly nudist spa” that caters to families with children. Surprised at first, I perused their website, less out of a condemnation of those who chose to participate in a nudist leisure life-style, but more out of curiosity of how this worked with children involved. The FAQ center on the site provides a lot of reassuring answers to the benefits of such a retreat, but the questions themselves reveal a concern for the psychological state of the children involved. It’s more of a mental-health concern in this case than a bodily health, but it’s interesting to me that the mental elements are being channeled through the very prominent (very naked) body.

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