Many people relate spa and massage to naked, nude and erotic. Should I ……? Or one thinks of a massage parlour, with a link to sex. This can be a relaxing visit to a health resort pretty stand in your way. During our travels along spa-hotels in the world we got a nice look on the theme: Wellness and nude '. So what is realily? What is true of the stories? Can we just relax?
Starting point for this article is the upper segment health resort, and not the Thai massage-salon with often a clearly different focus. How to expose his the treatments in the spa resorts now actually? You should be naked in the sauna? Lead massages ever to more? There are clients who are? And then what? Is wellness adult? What have wellness, naturism, FKK and nude recreation in common? For the seasoned traveler knows wellness, for others is often a question.
Naked in sauna or bath house?
In the Netherlands it is common to have to enter sauna naked. Also have saunas actually always ' mixed’ IE. men and women together. At most, there is a special part of the day for women. In other countries the sauna- and bad-tradition sometimes very different. The Dutch sauna-culture comes from Germany and Finland. In these countries the ‘not done‘ to get dressed to go in the sauna in swimsuit. But exposing is taboo in e.g.. France. Sometimes it seems simple: how the South how prudish. But that picture is wrong. Thus, in the North and in the South much prudish than Norway Sweden Italy is much prudish than eg. Croatia. Expose is the norm in countries such as: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Croatia. In eg. France, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Norway, Denmark and Russia go to the sauna in swimsuit. And sometimes it is even more difficult: in Finland you go so-who-so exposed, but men and women apart, unless family.
When it comes to a public bathhouse instead of. a sauna (as in Budapest but also in the hammams in Turkey or Morocco) swimwear is in mixed sections usually required. In departments that for the sexes separate again not. Even in the conservative Turkish culture is it in the public hammam normal that women and girls are naked and mutually excited each other's body Exfoliating. In Netherlands is it correct to use more and more separated in the hammam is always to wear a loincloth (Unlike the traditional nude-culture such as that in the Dutch sauna prevails).
Particularly beautiful bathhouse Friedrichsbad in Baden-Baden are the German men and women together and it is normal to be naked, itself during the SOAP-massage. American visitors, however, this goes way too far. But America is with regard to ' expose’ the most prudish Western country.
Let the confusion does not predominate. The etiquete is very diverse so be flexible and adapt to abroad. In addition: a towel as loincloth is always at hand. Also the resorts sometimes need to diplomatically cope with their international guests. In Portugal, in the chic Villa Vita, one has guests from the Middle East but also from Germany. One is accustomed to make clear how subtle the guests if necessary to respect each other. Many resorts have possibly (disposable) swimwear available (often a string, but it is sufficient).
Wellness, naturism and Nudism
What have wellness, naturism and Nudism in common? That is the overlap in audience. But they are different things. The overlap is at wellness and naturism (FKK) the largest, at wellness and Nudism the smallest.
Wellness is originally an American ' invention’ that focuses on the combination of wellbeing and fitness. So on a healthy lifestyle, at attention for health and relaxation for body and soul.
Also naturism pays attention to welfare. Also the naturist focuses on a healthy lifestyle and relaxation of body and mind but does that as much as possible in balance with nature. He let nature as untouched as possible, and, as much as possible, ' pure ' on travel. Sometimes there is a link to the eco tourism that partly adheres to the same philosophy. When naturism is exposing something obvious, resulting from the pursuit of equality and that in shaping the ' open to others ', ' expose yourself’ and ' one with nature '. The origin lies in Germany: the Frei Korper Kultur (FKK). It comes to expose enjoy, preferably in a club or during holidays on special campsites, but often at home. Massages or making music together can play a role. Only very rarely is there a link with sex and Eroticism – in principle not. Many think at naturism on gijtenwollen ' socks ', but that has long been a thing of the past.
Nudism Finally, actually just dealing with the strong desire nude recreation, to be exposed. Not from a higher purpose. Sometimes it's showerig exhibitionistic, or even an exhibitionist. The like to visit the nudist beach nudist. Nudism with sexual excursions. When naturism is that not an issue.
Massage and sex
Important part of many spa treatments is a massage. Many people think then automatically also to eroticism. Not for nothing is a commonly: at a massage hope men on a happy ending While women who fear. The thought of sex is not strange. Already in the Roman baths and in the Danish Badestue around 1200 the nobility came not only to wash. Sex was an equally important driver. The Badestue were eventually even closed because they were the source many diseases and sexual disorders. Even now there are cases of isolated hammams where women during a scrub or massage by a male staff member approached unwanted pawing. Really check these stories, however, never.
In this article we look at the situation in the better resorts – not the massage salons with a clearly different focus. We know itself raised three specific cases in which eroticism. Spa & wellness in 2007 during a press trip in the Vittel was by a fellow journalist during the tour asked explicitly to the topic ' the pushy man '. The resort said that the occurred sporadically but not a big problem and that the staff be prepared to discreetly on this type of business to anticipate. A second journalist early in 2009 in Tunisia during his massage therapist to the explicit reference to the subject. It was indicated that where appropriate, discreet management was informed and that the visit by the client in that case would be terminated prematurely. A third journalist was in 2010 in one of the Mediterranean countries, at their request, during his massage totally naked. Outside the surprise at the fact that this was a clear for him the massage got accepted this exciting character. But to say the therapist remained extremely professional and are quiet, and they conducted friendly but unperturbed the originally treatment. Also after the cautious question or in certain cases a possible other expiration would be conceivable…
We can conclude that the higher end spa & wellness resort with integrity, Professional and discreet way deals with the topic ' expose’ in the broadest sense. Within the industry, the training attention. Go as a consumer not to frantically with the theme to and anticipate the local customs by questions. To expose is in some places to no more accepted as dressed. But with a flexible mind and a towel handy red you in most situations. Even if you would prefer you can undergo a treatment expose that careful indicate without everyone confused. All that desire will not always be honored, and there is a small chance that you visit in this case friendly but ends prematurely…
Special by: Arjan Mulder [update: 2012]