Story: Thermal pools and spas

The slipper bath (3rd of 3)

The slipper bath

Electricity was often used in addition to thermal treatments, and was thought to increase blood flow to limbs and ease joint stiffness. The exact purpose of the alarming treatment depicted in this photograph is unclear, but it appears to involve an electric current.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Health benefits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006