For millennia, bathhouses have been a staple in many cultures. Bathhouse culture existed in Greece, Turkey, Rome, and even San Francisco. However, if you’ve ever visited a Korean bathhouse (also known as a sauna), you’ll know that they’re in a different league.
These Korean hotspots, also known as jjimjilbang, first appeared in metropolitan areas across the United States in the last few decades. It’s not shocking that jjimjilbangs are gaining popularity around the world.
Equally important to the Korean Spa Culture is the importance placed on relaxation.
In many cases the Spa has a nail and manicure facility attached to the premises.
Granted, you’ll have to be okay with being nude in public while visiting these saunas, but rest assured that the ahjumma (Korean for auntie) in the corner doesn’t mind.
She’s there because it’s an affordable haven for relaxation, with body scrubs that leave your skin glowing, calming face masks that make you glow, steamy spas that exfoliate your pores, heated stone floors, cold pools, kiln saunas, and other pampering options.
Several other research, including the fact that sitting in this hot and humid atmosphere can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiac, pulmonary, and neurocognitive diseases like dementia, back up these results.
Overall, these results can result in a significant increase in blood circulation. Daily trips to the sauna and warm baths can also help to relieve discomfort, flu symptoms, and length. An afternoon at the Korean bathhouse can not only be enjoyable, but also beneficial to those suffering from arthritis or chronic headaches.
Don’t forget about the digital detox. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, go to the sauna for the whole day. You’ll find cafes in almost every location where you can order food.