A Glossary of some terms
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The Victorian Turkish bath

A Victorian Turkish bath is a type of bath in which the bather sweats freely in a room which is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air (or in two or three such rooms at progressively higher temperatures) …

Harrogate hot rooms

… sometimes followed by a cold plunge …

The pool

 … and usually a shampoo (ie, a full body wash and massage) …

massage

 … with a final period of relaxation in a cooling-room…

The cooling-room

… though not all facilities are as beautiful as these, photographed over a period of years, at the Turkish and Sauna Suite, Harrogate.


This page last updated 23 November 2015

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