If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a cedar sauna or soaked in hot springs, you’ve participated in something much greater than a good sweat.
"From the hot, enveloping atmosphere of the sauna; to the deep, embracing allure of geothermal waters; to the sometimes contradictory, yet always beloved and enduring initiation of bathhouses around the world, we as humans appear to crave the sacred rites of water, in all its forms, as a way to remember," writes Lindsey Bro in her new book, Thermal, a steamy volume available November 22 via Chronicle Books.
But these traditions we hold dear are as much about connecting with the past as they are about healing. In her book, Bro explores some of the world’s most dramatic saunas, hot springs, and bathing pools, spaces we’re drawn to for their restorative and reviving powers. For lovers of a good schvitz or soak, sink yourself into these magnificent phenomena, natural and man-made, from a cocoon-shaped sauna on the fringes of Tasmania to the world’s largest hot spring in the volcanic wilds of New Zealand.
Panorama Glass Lodge, Hella, Iceland
House of the Weedy Seadragon, Pirates Bay, Tasmania
The Bands, Kleivan, Norway
Sheldon Chalet, Denali, Alaska
Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand
Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda, Colombia
Kurokawa Onsen, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Gellért Baths, Budapest, Hungary
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