Take Some Heat

I recently went to a spa for the first time. My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing activity. So we booked an appointment at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa in North Bonneville, Washington, which is about an hour away from Portland, Oregon.

I was greeted by an attendant, who described the bath treatment options I could take. I chose the alternating hot and cold bath. It consisted of alternating between sitting in a tub of hot water and a tub of cold water every few minutes, which according to google, stimulates the body to promote physical and emotional well-being and is called the Kneipp System. There was even a pitcher of water to drink and a bunch of grapes on a table beside the tubs. It doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

The hot water in the tub was supposed to be around 115 °F. How I handled it was pretty similar to how this guy did: (Note that the video is in Japanese but you won’t need a translator to figure out what’s going on)

The only difference was that there was no jiggling girl to motivate me to stay in the hot water. Most of the time, I sat at the edge of the tub with only my feet and ankles in the water, eating grapes and laughing quietly at how ridiculously hot it was.