I have been using my local YMCA for a few months now, and have so far not used the showers or the hot tub My question is this - what's the dress code? I have no idea. I don't mind being naked around other men, I just don't want to be the naked man who's doing it wrong. I know, it's a silly question. Just ask for some guidance at the front desk. In the showers - well, ya gotta get nekkid to get clean!
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Bathing is the washing of the body with a liquid , usually water or an aqueous solution, or the immersion of the body in water. It may be practiced for personal hygiene , religious ritual or therapeutic purposes. By analogy, especially as a recreational activity, the term is also applied to sun bathing and sea bathing. Bathing can take place in any situation where there is water, ranging from warm to cold. It can take place in a bathtub or shower , or it can be in a river, lake, water hole, pool or the sea , or any other water receptacle. The term for the act can vary. For example, a ritual religious bath is sometimes referred to as immersion or baptism, the use of water for therapeutic purposes can be called a water treatment or hydrotherapy , and two recreational water activities are known as swimming and paddling. Throughout history, societies devised systems to enable water to be brought to population centres. The oldest accountable daily ritual of bathing can be traced to the ancient Indians.
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Every time I use the bathroom at one of my grandchildren's school events, I flash back to my own childhood. Coming face-to-face with the communal trough urinal and door-less toilet stalls triggers my feelings of juvenile embarrassment. In case a man has never used one of these urinals, eHow offers up advice on "How to Use a Trough Urinal. Communal bathing and spas have been around for thousands of years, but the concept of modesty is a relatively recent one for Western culture. Many indigenous people would play sports without any covering, and athletes in ancient Greece also competed naked.