You NEED to Try a Korean Spa

Funny enough while I was on my way to the spa, I found a page in my “Hello NY” book about Korean Spas.

Moving to New York City is a giant adventure, every day presents you with information you never ever knew about. Until I moved to the city, I had never heard of a Korean Spa. It’s one of the most magical experiences I have ever had in my life. If you’re like me, the idea of being completely completely nude- yes even your bikini bottoms- is terrifying. Wearing an oversized uniform with hundreds of other families and people sounds awful too. Except it’s not…

When you first arrive at the spa, you will be given a little bracelet with a number on it and a key attached. The number is your locker, where you can put all your belongings away. Before you do that, you have to take off your shoes and socks and place them in a cubby. You’re given a uniform- everyone has to wear them with no exceptions. Once you get to your locker you strip down and put on your uniform. A Korean spa is comprised to two main elements. Saunas that are coed and for everyone, and the women and men only sections that are for bathing. I always go with my fiance Brendan. We spend hours working our way through the saunas and then finally taking about an hour and a half by ourselves for the bathhouse.

There are tons of saunas that are made from different materials. My personal favourite is a mud sauna that is the hottest one. You can only tolerate to be in there about five minutes but your body will sweat as though you’ve been in the sun for four hours. It’s odd but wonderful. There are ice rooms for cooling down, amethyst saunas, saunas that aren’t that hot at all but really mostly people just stretching. There’s a cafeteria with Korean food that is to die for.

The bathing section is a section completely void of men, there might even be one sauna just for women, and a section for women only to rest. Lie down, nap, etc. The actual “bathhouse” room is tubs with different temperatures water. They look like large hot tubs. There is always one with almost freezing temperature water, very cold water, warm, and then scalding water. I’m not sure why but I always wimp out and tend to only do legs in most of them. While you’re bathing, everyone is nude. Totally nude and if you’re anything like me that thought is scary. It’s not though, all the women go about talking, gossiping and moving about freely. It’s comfortable. Nobody is staring at anyone, everyone is happily…nude. My favourite portion is the scrub that costs about $80. You lie down on a plastic table and a Korean woman in her black underwear (usually an older woman) will come and scrub the daylights out of you. It’s not a gentle scrub, it’s a hold on for dear life scrub. All of the dead skin falls away while buckets of warm water are thrown on you. It’s amazing. I find it to be extremely relaxing and my skin is in the best shape ever. Think about it. We spend tons of time scrubbing our faces, why wouldn’t we take time to scrub the largest organ- our skin?

Not only did I realize how incredibly uncomfortable I was with my own body, but that it was nothing to be ashamed of. Realizing that my human body was nothing to be afraid of took a few minutes to understand and really welcome. I still feel a little funny the first couple of minutes but my nerves subside and I just enjoy the bathhouse.

You must be wondering by now how much this all costs. For an entire day (yes you can sleep overnight too on giant comfy pull out chairs that are plush) You can go on Groupon and it’s $20 a person. You feel like a brand new person when you leave and I am probably addicted for life.

20 Comments

  1. Michelle January 18, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    My husband and his friends go to spas like these – I just don’t think I can handle it LOL. Maybe one day I’ll let you drag me…
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  2. EVA LAKO January 23, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    hello dear!!!
    Such a nice post. I really need to start to take somes auna sessions. Is so good renewe my skin, body and soul.
    kisses from Italy
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  3. Candace Hampton January 23, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Definitely something I will try with my boyfriend next time I’m in NYC! It sounds a lot more expensive that what you stated, but it sounds pretty relaxing and I’m sure he would love it 🙂

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  4. Jo January 26, 2017 / 4:12 am

    I’ve never tried a Korean spa before! Sounds like a very interesting experience! At $20, I just may be tempted to try it out 😀

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  5. Maggie January 26, 2017 / 5:37 am

    I love going to the spa. I’ve been to Korean and Japanese spas and absolutely love it. It’s awkward at first, but then you realize, nobody is really staring at you. Everybody is just minding their own business. After going, my skin is glowing and it just feels so nice. I haven’t gotten a scrub down yet though.

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

  6. Ellie Boyce January 26, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Sounds intimidating but also incredibly fun! Maybe I should try it out sometime!

  7. Thomas Falkenstedt January 26, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    For someone who’s grown up with the sauna culture (Scandinavia says hi) nudity has never been an issue and hence I’d LOVE to try a Korean Spa as I’ve never heard of them until now. I’ll check one out next time I’m in NYC or even better, if I get to go to Korea! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  8. Charissa Goldapple January 26, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Ah a Korean spa sounds amazing, especially the mud spa. Never experienced that before! Can’t wait to go to the spa… I’m so in for a day of pampering and relaxing. XO Charissa – http://www.ladygoldapple.com

  9. Atsuna Matsui January 26, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    OMG I’ve actually heard a lot of great things about Korean Spa! I went to one many years ago, but I think the recent ones they’ve made them even better. I definitely need to pamper myself to another Korean Spa some time soon with my bf. 🙂

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  10. Cece Lam January 27, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I really wanna try a Korean spa! I would love to experience it and just have a relaxing day!

  11. Gina Diaz January 28, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I have never been to a Korean spa before after reading your post would like to try it out! Thanks for sharing, sweetie!

    Xx, Gina

  12. Jenelle January 29, 2017 / 6:05 am

    It sounds very relaxing, if not a little eye-opening as well. Sounds like you learned a lot about yourself too.
    Always a good idea.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  13. Christine Kong January 29, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I love Korean spas! I just went to one with my mom and sisters this weekend in fact! It is definitely daunting at first even though I am Korean myself but then you realize no one is judging or taking glances and everyone is comfortable doing their own thing. Your skin feels and looks amazing afterwards and it’s worth it! Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  14. Jen January 30, 2017 / 7:41 am

    OMG I’m a Korean living in K-town, Los Angeles where these baths are at every corner and I still have not been to one! Hahaha I’m not comfortable being naked too but it’s pretty common among Koreans. Now I really need to go!!

  15. Diana January 30, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I have heard a lot of stuff about Korean SPA, but never actually went to. You made me blah myself, that I never took a chance while living there

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  16. Open Kloset By Ky January 31, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Hey Sweetie:)
    How are you?
    Love to Go Spas and I really would Love try these:)
    I think very important for our Bodies to do Spas and Treatments:)
    Happy Tuesday Darling:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  17. Ana Vukosavljevic January 31, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I never been at Korean spa, we dont even have it here! I loved to read about your experience and will definitaley try it when I have chance 🙂

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