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Spa treatment, Rotorua

Spa treatment, Rotorua

New Zealand's first therapeutic spa opened in Rotorua in 1885 and spa treatments soon became popular. This man is receiving an electricity-based treatment in a slipper bath at the government spa in Rotorua in the 1920s. The combination of water and electricity seems alarming, but presumably the patient was insulated from life-threatening shocks.

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Linda Bryder, 'Hospitals - Spas, sanatoriums and surgery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Linda Bryder, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 13 Jun 2018, updated 1 Jul 2022