Yes, I did it! I opened myself up to a unique new experience that enhanced my life. On the evening of Saturday, November 17th, I hosted my first CORE event at JeJu Sauna, a Korean spa in Duluth, GA.
I've heard so many great things about this place over the years and since I embrace all things wellness, I felt my time was overdue. What was my hesitation? Well, the requirement is that when using the single sex areas you must be nude. And let me tell you, JeJu is truly the epitome of a therapeutic spa experience. A couple of ladies were brave enough to join me and once we toured this 24/7 days a week facility, we discovered that the layout is quite impressive. Upon entering JeJu, I felt intrigued as I looked around the lobby and soaked up the calming herb aroma. After I paid a $25 admission, I was given a uniform, a key band & offered a toothbrush in case I wanted to stay the night. The next stop was back to the women's locker area where immediately spa goers are instructed to take their shoes off and put them in a shoe-only locker. A Korean lady in a black polo shirt pleasantly greeted me & then escorted me over to find my assigned locker number. It was suggested I get into my uniform so my requested tour could begin. Sonny was my guide and she was hospitable, funny and yet was about the business of the spa.
The first thing I learned about was the Hip Bath. Ok, I must admit, this made my eyes gaze in amazement; you go into a room (in the buff) and a bowl of aromatic herbs is used to cleanse, detoxify and tighten your vaginal area. During this ancient practice, the bowl of herbs are placed beneath you as you sit on a padded stool with the seat open in the middle. You're completely draped in a plastic gown, covered up to your neck, and then 19 specific herbs are heated to steam directly under you which I now appropriately call my rejuvenation destination, lol. This service is an additional $30 and was highlighted as one of their top herbal treatments. Do you think I did it? Oh yeah.
But before this specialty service, I wanted to see the rest of the spa. I was taken to the unisex area where your uniform must be worn. This is where 7 dry mineral saunas including an ice sauna are located, each promoting a separate wellness benefit. There's also a Korean restaurant, lap pool (yes, of course you wear your swimsuit), a room for reflexology and more. Along with my guests, we began our evening by simply jumping right in with a spa community of all races, ages, shapes and sizes who seemed to feel right at home.
The naked truth? Well, the build up of my anxieties was all for naught. It was a very clean spa and I constantly saw the staff tending to treatment areas right down to scrubbing the insides of the drain covers! And as far as me being in my birthday suit? Apparently, no one seemed to notice my nudeness as I walked around to my appointed Hip Bath, or treating myself to the mineral pools and other services. Once my experience began, my feeling became that of an Egyptian princess. In fact, evidence has shown that the Egyptians used baths for therapeutic purposes as early as 2000 B.C.* Ultimately, my guests & I, all virgin visitors, fared just fine. Now I feel moved to share my positive experience with others that may be reluctant to step out and treat themselves to a similar experience because of fear of others seeing them nude. Although this is an unfamiliar practice for some, it's not so crazy and if you're hesitant I ask that you consider the root of your apprehension. If we let go of our versions of f.e.a.r (false evidence appearing real) we may find new ways of caring for our bodies. Trust me, I respect that for many of us, we're taught to "cover up in modest apparel" and I believe that our bodies are our temples. However, being open, this practice encourages our individual discernment to differentiate between the line of exhibitionism and the exercise of restoration. Regardless if you'd rather pamper yourself in the privacy of your home, the goal of the JeJu spa experience is to share an enlightened opportunity that promotes the spirit of wellness.
From all appearances, I found that Jeju spa goers trend towards the opposite of the carnal side of our culture. In this place, there's a certain celebratory call in taking part of the rejuvenation process and just being you. To this end, this is what my fitness program, C.O.R.E, represents- a daring and dynamic example in living whole- mind, body & spirit. Create a new perspective and learn to love who you are, in all your glory, and be drawn into the beauty that's found in rest and relaxation. I look forward to my next visit.
If you decide to indulge in the JeJu experience, let me hear you!
Rejuvenate, relax & live well.
*Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_hot_tub