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Water: The Element of Reconnection

From faraway planets in space to the smallest village on earth, we know where there is water, there is life. Since antiquity, we gather at the well, the river, the sea. We create water-based rituals to cleanse, purify, release and integrate.

Water connects. Water nourishes. Water heals.

Through prayer and dance, we beg the rains to come and bow to the power of this element. We rely on the waters to feed, fuel, transport and hold us. Our deep relationship with water unites us—not only with each other, but with ourselves and all that is alive.

Earth is 71% water. Our bodies, 60%.

Without water, we literally would not exist. The poetic and irreverent Tom Robbins even posits, “Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another.”

Perhaps this is why, when we return to water, it’s like coming home to ourselves.

This is our deep intention at Soak Boulder: to create simple, safe and sacred space for deep reconnection—centered around water, self-care and community.  

If you are enlivened and inspired to help make it happen, please reach out to connect and join our tribe!




Copper – The Magical Metal

One of the pros of using a copper tub is that its metallic properties conduct heat faster and retain heat longer than traditional bathtubs. Therefore, we can use less energy heating our tubs.

Copper is also resistant to bacteria and mold, corrosion resistant and easily recycled.

Not only is it elegant from a design perspective, but copper has self-healing properties. If the surface gets scratched, then over time, it will “heal” the scratches, making them once again smooth. This concept of self-healing mirrors our promotion of taking radical responsibility for self-care so, of course we love it!

Salt Water Purification

“It’s a gross thing to think about, but chlorine mixes with all kinds of human output, including saliva and sweat, which turn into other chemicals called chloramines. Chloramines are responsible for the “chlorine smell” of pools, as well as skin and eye irritation. Even though chlorine kills contaminates, the chloramines stay in the water, requiring additional chlorine to remove them. Salt water pools kill chloramines faster than chlorine pools.”

As an alternative to using harsh chlorine chemicals, our water is purified using a salt cell or salt generator. Saltwater purification negates the need for chlorine tablets and shock treatment to disinfect from germs, bacteria and algae. It is a softer and more environmentally friendly process.

Each tub at Soak contains 10-20 pounds of salt!

Sustainability & Water Usage

We are currently investigating this topic. Soak Boulder is committed to limiting the amount of water usage in our facility, and to responsible stewardship of our used water. We are working with consultants, chemists, and Soak creatress, Wren Farris, to ensure we are as environmentally friendly as possible.

Stay tuned for more!

Bathhouse Revival


Water connects. Water nourishes. Water heals.

For millennia, humans have sought physical relief, emotional healing, and even spiritual renewal by immersing themselves in water and sweating intensely in heated enclosures. 

Public bathing – in cold or hot water, dry or humid saunas – then became a cultural norm in some countries, a community practice housed in town centers. As a gathering place, these communal baths were efficient and effective for everything from shared water use to negotiating business deals to spreading relevant news.

Inspired by the ancient traditions of bathhouses, we see the bathhouse as a place for collective nourishment where we can celebrate the naturalness of being together.

In the U.S., we’re often taught baths are to be taken privately, secretly, alone.

So why then do we insist on keeping this ancient wisdom hidden in our bathrooms all alone with our pooping?

For 30 years, Dr. Bruce Becker has been putting people into warm water. His work as a clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine at Washington State University has shown what Saint Augustine wrote more than 1,600 years ago and every parent at bedtime can confirm: bathing calms us. Or, as Becker puts it, warm-water immersion balances our autonomic nervous system, allowing the brain to make free-form associations, improve working memory, and foster creative thinking.

Due to developments in clinical research and the rise of prescription medicine, we no longer view hot springs as we did when, in 1776, George Washington established the young nation’s first public mineral-water spa at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Or in 1927, when FDR, who’d found relief from polio at Warm Springs, Georgia, bought the site. During World War II, thermal spas at Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, went into active duty as commissioned military hospitals, and up to the mid-1900s, ordinary Americans traveled to curative springs. By the mid- to late 20th century, Becker says, “health professions had lost the tribal memory of the healing power of water.” For most of us, balneotherapy had moved to the fringe: pleasant, even luxurious, one-mineral-fits-all R&R—but not medicine.

Social Sweats: What We Can Learn From Europe’s Old and New Ways

Every culture has its ancient sweat tradition: the Arabic hamman, Japanese onsen, Russian banya, Native American sweat lodge, the Mesoamerican temezcal – and, of course, the most globally ubiquitous…the European sauna.

But as entwined as bathhouse culture has become with many modern day societies, the seemingly omnipresent practice of using heat to release toxins is actually tens of thousands of years old, dating back to the Neolithic Age

sweating will get more spectacular and social in years ahead

the world needs to learn from European bathing/ sauna culture.

In countries like Finland (where saunas were born 2,000 years ago), Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, etc., the rituals and facilities are often creative, deeply social and fabulous.

contrast therapy (taking a cold/snow plunge after, and repeating and repeating) is key to the health benefits, and to getting those endorphins pumping.

The powerful trend: sauna as the new social, community-creating “hangout” (and a healthy and hot alternative to bars and restaurants).

what’s been hot in Europe is poised for global discovery.

8 Global Wellness Trends for 2017 and Beyond 

Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing


Sauna Bathing:

  • Detoxifies blood and skin (from toxins absorbed in our daily environment!)
  • Increases metabolism
  • Stimulates immune system
  • Cleanses the cells
  • Reduces excess weight/water retention
  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Increases the production of white blood cells (!)
  • Releases endorphins
  • Tones the cardiovascular system
  • Promotes deep/healthy sleep


A recently published longitudinal study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland (2015) revealed “people who visited a sauna 2-3 times a week had a 24% lower risk of [cardiovascular related] death”and a 40% reduction in mortality rate with a sauna use rate of 4-7 times per week (click here for source).

Nutrients and minerals in sweat are essential to maintaining the collagen structure of the skin. Give yourself the gift of replenishing!

Health Benefits of Saltwater Soaking


Soaking in a pure salt solution:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Promotes cell regeneration
  • Detoxifies, hydrates and regenerates the skin
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases moisture retention
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Relieves pain and soreness
  • Releases toxins
  • Restores the body’s mineral balance
  • Balances the nervous system
  • Helps heal dry or irritated skin
  • Supports the immune system
  • Promotes mental relaxation
  • Relieves stress

Saltwater soaking leaves your hair and skin silky-soft (never dried-out or pruny), your body melted into a state of deep relaxation, and your cells re-mineralized.