Bathing http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26342/all en Healthy hotels, rise in ancient therapies expected in 2013 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/healthy-hotels-rise-ancient-therapies-expected-2013 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Patricia Reaney</p> <p>NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Healthy hotels, wellness tourism and the holistic medicine system Ayurveda are expected to be the among the top spa trends in 2013, according to a report that tracks the $73 billion global industry.</p> <p>Gyms, pools and spas are standard at many hotels, but international chains and boutique inns will be enhancing offerings by adding customized services like jogging routes, in-room workouts, sleep programs, and gluten-free and vegan menus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/healthy-hotels-rise-ancient-therapies-expected-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Balneotherapy Bathing Medicine Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:14 +0000 5735307 at http://www.globalpost.com Estonians pop into saunas and ice holes in marathon event http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/estonians-pop-saunas-and-ice-holes-marathon-event <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of people popped into as many saunas and ice holes as possible on Sunday in an all-day marathon event in Estonia.</p> <p>A total of 600 participants in four-man teams took part in the annual European Sauna Marathon in the southern town of Otepaa, with a goal of visiting every sauna in record-time.</p> <p>"Fantastic event. We took part in the sauna marathon because it's a great way to see so many tourism resorts here in one day, so we know what to pick when we return for a longer holiday," Joosep Merelaht, 22, told AFP. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/estonians-pop-saunas-and-ice-holes-marathon-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Finnish culture Rooms AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:00:53 +0000 5752034 at http://www.globalpost.com Travel Picks: Top 10 hot springs around the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/travel-picks-top-10-hot-springs-around-the-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Whether you're looking to ease the aches and pains of a hard day on the ski slopes or simply after a bit of relaxation in chilly February, a trip to a hot spring will rejuvenate the senses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/travel-picks-top-10-hot-springs-around-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Entertainment Health Human Interest Water Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:45:22 +0000 5763235 at http://www.globalpost.com The steamy art of Latvia's ritual saunas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/the-steamy-art-latvias-ritual-saunas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lying face down in deep snow, naked, in bone chilling sub-zero weather is enough to make anyone think twice.</p> <p>But such are the extremes required to penetrate the mysteries of the "pirts" - Latvia's little-known and complex interpretation of what is known in other parts of the world as the sauna, banya, hammam, Roman bath or Native American sweat lodge.</p> <p>For Juris Batna, owner of the Lielzemes -- literally, 'Big Strawberries' -- pirts complex 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital Riga, there are no short cuts when it comes to the rituals of the Latvian bath-house.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/the-steamy-art-latvias-ritual-saunas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Europe Juris Batna Sauna AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:46:15 +0000 5764037 at http://www.globalpost.com Formula One: Drivers limber up for 'sauna' heat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/formula-one-drivers-limber-sauna-heat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nico Hulkenberg keeps cool by freezing his underwear, Valtteri Bottas says the climate is like a sauna, and Giedo van der Garde says the drivers drink so much water they constantly have to pee.</p> <p>Welcome to life at the Malaysian Grand Prix, where fierce heat and humidity mixed with frequent torrential downpours make for one of the toughest races in Formula One.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/formula-one-drivers-limber-sauna-heat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric thermodynamics Bathing Finnish culture AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:01:18 +0000 5790760 at http://www.globalpost.com Top of the bill: giant rubber duck sails into Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/top-the-bill-giant-rubber-duck-sails-hong-kong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An inflatable bright yellow rubber duck six storeys high sailed into Hong Kong harbour on Thursday to the cheers of hundreds of people who gathered to watch the classic bathtime-inspired artistic creation.</p> <p>The 16.5-metre-tall (54-feet) artwork, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, dwarfed other craft as it was towed past the city's iconic skyline by a tugboat a fraction of its size.</p> <p>Since 2007 the duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia in its journey around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/top-the-bill-giant-rubber-duck-sails-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Rubber duck AFP Thu, 02 May 2013 09:15:20 +0000 5829706 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong cries fowl as giant rubber duck deflates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130515/hong-kong-cries-fowl-giant-rubber-duck-deflates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Duck mania has gripped Hong Kong since its arrival, with locals and tourists flocking to catch a glimpse of the 16.5-metre-tall (54-feet) artwork, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><style type="text/css"> #reactionDiv_gig_containerParent {display:none;}</style><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/SAR71Ac.jpg" width="670" /><br /> <span style="color: rgb(59, 58, 38); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; background-color:#FAFAFA;">AFP</span></p> <p>The giant inflatable rubber duck which has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since it sailed into Hong Kong two weeks ago was reduced to a sad deflated disc Wednesday in the city&#39;s harbour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130515/hong-kong-cries-fowl-giant-rubber-duck-deflates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Duck Rubber duck Tourism China Wed, 15 May 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838120 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong cries fowl as giant rubber duck deflates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130515/hong-kong-cries-fowl-giant-rubber-duck-deflates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The giant inflatable rubber duck which has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since it sailed into Hong Kong two weeks ago was reduced to a sad deflated disc Wednesday in the city's harbour.</p> <p> Duck mania has gripped Hong Kong since its arrival, with locals and tourists flocking to catch a glimpse of the 16.5-metre-tall (54-feet) artwork, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130515/hong-kong-cries-fowl-giant-rubber-duck-deflates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Duck Rubber duck Well being Wed, 15 May 2013 11:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838125 at http://www.globalpost.com Saskatchewan NDP says seniors deserves more baths; urges minimum 2 a week http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/saskatchewan-ndp-says-seniors-deserves-more-baths-urges-mini <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>REGINA - The Opposition is urging the Saskatchewan government to ensure seniors living in nursing homes get at least two baths a week.</p> <p>NDP Leader Cam Broten told the legislature Wednesday that some seniors are missing weekly baths, largely because of a lack of staff at care homes.</p> <p>"To me, it's a common sense approach that a senior deserves more than one bath a week, especially if they're confined to a bed and that's what our elders, that's what our grandparents deserve," Broten said after question period.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/saskatchewan-ndp-says-seniors-deserves-more-baths-urges-mini" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babycare Bathing Bathrooms Saskatchewan The Canadian Press Thu, 16 May 2013 05:51:42 +0000 5839020 at http://www.globalpost.com EU swimming beaches get clean bill of health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130521/eu-swimming-beaches-get-clean-bill-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The vast majority of some 22,000 swimming beaches in the EU are clean and safe, the European Environment Agency said Tuesday.</p> <p>The EEA annual report for 2012 showed the water met the minimum standards required for bathing at 94 percent of all swimming beaches in the European Union.</p> <p>At 78 percent of the beaches, the quality of the water was found to be excellent, the top rating, with Cyprus leading the way as all of its 112 swimming beaches got the best review.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130521/eu-swimming-beaches-get-clean-bill-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bathing European Union Political geography Tourism Tue, 21 May 2013 14:47:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5842888 at http://www.globalpost.com EU swimming beaches get clean bill of health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130521/eu-swimming-beaches-get-clean-bill-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The vast majority of some 22,000 swimming beaches in the EU are clean and safe, the European Environment Agency said Tuesday.</p> <p>The EEA annual report for 2012 showed the water met the minimum standards required for bathing at 94 percent of all swimming beaches in the European Union.</p> <p>At 78 percent of the beaches, the quality of the water was found to be excellent, the top rating, with Cyprus leading the way as all of its 112 swimming beaches got the best review.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130521/eu-swimming-beaches-get-clean-bill-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bathing European Union Political geography Well being Tue, 21 May 2013 15:00:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5842896 at http://www.globalpost.com China Communist mouthpiece condemns plague of ducks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130603/china-communist-mouthpiece-condemns-plague-ducks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The official mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country Monday, after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several cities.</p> <p>Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5 metre (54 foot) tall yellow inflatable has been a sensation in both Hong Kong and mainland China since it was installed in Victoria Harbour a month ago.</p> <p>Property developers in several cities, among them Hangzhou, Wuhan and Tianjin, have rushed to install similar, albeit smaller, yellow ducks to attract potential customers to their projects.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130603/china-communist-mouthpiece-condemns-plague-ducks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Rubber duck Taobao Technology AFP Mon, 03 Jun 2013 06:30:52 +0000 5850532 at http://www.globalpost.com Duck tops the bill in farewell Hong Kong appearance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130609/duck-tops-the-bill-farewell-hong-kong-appearance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands said farewell Sunday to a giant inflatable yellow rubber duck which has captivated Hong Kong, on its final day in the city's harbour before it heads to the United States.</p> <p>The southern Chinese city has taken the 16.5 metre-tall (54-feet) duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it arrived under tow on May 2 to cheering crowds.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130609/duck-tops-the-bill-farewell-hong-kong-appearance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Duck Rubber duck Technology AFP Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:32:00 +0000 5853517 at http://www.globalpost.com Giant rubber duck set to "attack" Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130805/giant-rubber-duck-set-attack-taiwan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A giant yellow rubber duck is heading to Taiwan for exhibition starting next month as part of its global tour of "spreading joy around the world," the Greater Kaohsiung City Government said Monday.</p> <p> Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu told a press conference that she is glad Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman picked Kaohsiung as the first city in Taiwan to exhibit the massive, inflatable rubber duck.</p> <p> The floating sculpture will be berthed at the Glory Dock from Sept. 19 to Oct. 20.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130805/giant-rubber-duck-set-attack-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Rubber duck Taoyuan Technology Kyodo News International Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:32:24 +0000 5902747 at http://www.globalpost.com Copper-bottomed bathtime for Bloomberg http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/copper-bottomed-bathtime-bloomberg <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has splashed out on a hand-made copper bath from a historic French foundry.</p> <p>Skilled craftsmen in Normandy (northern France) spent 250 hours making the luxury tub to the billionaire businessman's exact specification, according to Etienne Dulin, the owner of the 200-year-old Atelier du Cuivre (Copper Workshop) in the town of Villedieu-les-Poeles.</p> <p>"He requested a nickel finish, to give a slightly glossier effect," Dulin revealed to AFP, describing how the bathtub had been shaped entirely by hand from two 2mm-thick sheets of copper.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/copper-bottomed-bathtime-bloomberg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:25:14 +0000 5908349 at http://www.globalpost.com