Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Russian Saunas For Kids


Terry's best friend, Craig, spent several years in Russia working for the Peace Corps. When he would come back to the States to visit, he would talk about some of his cultural experiences, such as going to the sauna. Sitting in a sauna sounds pretty relaxing, but that's only the beginning. Then he and his colleagues would jump in the snow and after that people would hit them with switches. He told us it was therapeutic, but to me it sounded downright painful (not to mention a bit kinky.)
But maybe the architects that plan the recreational swimming pools have been studying in Russia, because every new swimming pool I take my boys to has a contraption that, in my opinion, similates a Russian sauna experience.
These "water playgrounds" pummel the kids with water. You would think kids wouldn't want water coming at them at fire-hose force, but that doesn't seem to be the case. My sons stand under a pipe that gushes water on them with smiles on their faces.
They can't get enough of the fountains, which is like being thrown under a water fall. And to complete the Russian sauna experience (albeit no switches, thank goodness,) the centers usually have a family hot tub, so my kids can go from cold water, to hot water, to cold again. After going through that cycle, they are as relaxed as noodles for a good part of the day. So maybe the Russians were on to something after all.

7 comments:

Elle said...

Looks like great fun, so neat it is indoors - no sunscreen needed?

Honey Mommy said...

That looks like so much fun!

My boys would LOVE it!

Christie O. said...

ohmigod how much fun is that!!

i'm so glad you joined us for Hot for the Holidays!! Love love love your header by the way -- so cute!

Cookie said...

switches?! OUCH!

Kathleen said...

We had friends who swore by the going inthe snow thing, although usually alcohol was also involved...

Rebecca said...

I guess I am really out of it. I had heard of the Russian sauna experience but didn't know anything about these fantastic water playgrounds! I showed my husband your pictures and he informed me that there are "several" in our area. Hm. Thanks for posting this, on behalf of my daughter!

BecauseImTheMommy said...

This has got to be the coolest thing EVER! We need more of these around!