Taking the waters is an age-old tradition with a higher purpose. Here are some facts about the art of bathing…

When the ancient Greeks wanted to be closer to the spirit, they bathed. In Homer’s age, bathing was considered a special reward for heroes.

Ancient medicine determined that physical exercise and bathing were not only a means to good health but a way to bridge mind and body. Washing and bathing facilities were integrated in the Greek gymnasium, a place where one went to compete, socialize, debate , philosophize and relax.

While the Greeks initiated the rites of social bathing, the Romans perfected them through the thermae, which were grand state-built bathhouses.

Only in the 19th century, did Christians begin bathing in the modern age because Science deemed it medically sound.