David relaxing in a Japanese bath.
David hits the steam room.
Now, that looks too divine.
A Japanese bath is different from any other. It is a performance, a ritual â€¦ and there are steps to take to ensure you enjoy the whole cleansing, calming experience.
Hiromi Masuoka has lived in Melbourne for many years and always missed the enjoyment of a traditional Japanese bath. To fix that, she opened her own bath house and it has met with a very positive response.
Men and women bathe separately, but the procedure is the same for both.
Once there, you remove your shoes and receive a kit made up of towels, scrubbing flannel and robe. You first go to the wash room, sit on a stool and proceed to wash and soap yourself. Once you've rinsed off, you are ready for the real bath.
It is hot around 40ÂºC. The water is extremely clean and non-chemical. Most people like to soak for about 15 minutes before entering the sauna. You then take a cold shower and maybe return to the hot bath.
After bathing, people love to snuggle into their robes and enjoy some sake or green tea in the Tatami Lounge or for complete indulgence, enjoy a shiatsu massage, which is guaranteed to make you feel fantastic.
Collingwood, in Melbourne's inner-city.
CostJapanese Bath House
$22 for a bath. Shiatsu massages start at $38.50. Open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.
More informationJapanese Bath Housewww.japanesebathhouse.com
59 Cromwell Street, Collingwood
Ph: (03) 9419 0268Qantas
: 13 1313Best Western
: 13 1779