Part 3 - Spa Treatment Centre Equipment
The hot waters of Bath have long been used for the therapeutic treatment of medical ailments, over the years a variety of recreational baths and hospitals have sprung up, all tapping into the natural resource of the warm mineral water from the hot springs.
One such place was The Spa Treatment Centre which opened in 1870 offering a series of luxurious treatments for those who could afford it. The centre grew in popularity and demand during the late 1800s and early 1900s offering treatments for all different kinds of ailments from simple aches and pains, to sciatica and rheumatism and in extreme cases permanent disabilities.
Many of the treatments are still used today but in different forms; the sauna is often seen in gyms and the aeration bath (see below) was the precursor to the modern day Jacuzzi.......
The spa equipment came into the Roman Baths collection after the closure of the Spa Treatment Centre in 1983.
Vichy Bath and Douche
“So great had been the demand for this treatment that a further Vichy suite has just been added to the Royal Baths.” The Book of Bath, 1920’s
|BATRM 2000.11.1 Vichy Bath and Douche|
|BATRM 1986.491 Needle Douche|
|BATRM 1986.491.47 Walking Frame|
|BATRM 1986.606 Aeration Bath|
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