What to Expect at Saratoga Mineral Baths
Whether it's your first time or you're still deciding, we have some tips on what to expect at one of the Saratoga Springs mineral baths. Get an inside look at a typical mineral bath experience and look forward to your own visit.
Prepare for Your Mineral Bath Experience
At the Roosevelt Baths & Spa in Saratoga Springs, mineral baths take place in a deep, porcelain tub filled with both mineral water and fresh water. The reasoning behind only using half mineral water is that the high concentration of mineral water can be bad for the pipes. It is also due to the temperature of the water.
Mineral water comes out of the earth at 50 degrees, and is then combined with hot fresh water to bring the temperature to around 97-100 degrees, the perfect bathing temperature. The mineral water, when combined with air, will create a brownish-red hue. Baths usually last between 20-40 minutes, depending on if you are getting any additional treatments at the spa.
Once your appointment is ready, an attendant will escort you to your private bathing room and they will fill the tub with mineral water to your desired temperature. The attendant will leave you to undress and use the tub. While the tub is deeper than a standard home tub, it is ideal for fully submerging your body. If you notice the tub knobs look a little rusty - don't fret, this is just due to the minerals.
As you submerge yourself in the bath, you will feel a sensation of warmth, lightness, and relaxation that is extremely soothing. Soft, relaxing music is often played in your private room. While you're bathing, you may notice some noise coming from the pipes, often a clanging noise. Don't worry - this is completely normal! This is just due to the water and the fact that many of the baths are historic.
You'll also be able to adjust your bath water temperature, along with the ability to add more or less water. You are sure to feel great long after you come out of the bath - which is a huge benefit!
First Timer Tips For Your Mineral Bath:
- Drink water while you are in the tub (the hot water can make some dizzy).
- For a full experience, consider a mineral bath, followed by a massage and facial!
- Wear cozy clothes to your appointment - you'll want to be comfortable after an hour or so of relaxation.