We wanted to create an event that would not only push the boundaries and drive awareness for an important cause, but also inspire people to let go of their inhibitions, have fun and celebrate their wonderful bodies in all their diversity.
If this hot weather is making you want to strip off and head to the beach, you could be in good company next month when the Bay of Plenty is hosting a group skinny dip for a good cause.
The inaugural Nude Dude charity swim is being held on March 15 at an unnamed Western Bay beach.
The swim will be a fundraiser for Tauranga’s Breast Cancer Support Service, which provides emotional and practical support for Western Bay women with breast cancer, and their families. Continued…Read full original article…
‘Naked in Motion‘ is a group of a few yogis in New York City and Boston with a great mission “to create spaces where all people can experience the freedom and empowerment of clothes-free movement without worrying about their safety”, and they have been making lots of buzz in press! So much in fact, that it’s hard to believe they are only two years old. This is particularly encouraging, given that many naturist events and organizations in NYC have recently disappeared, e.g., body-painting dance parties, Zensual yoga, Vita Nuda gatherings and sudden departure of YNA (I certainly miss their Nude Year’s Eve parties).
So, I finally made it to visit ‘Naked in Motion‘ – for their birthday class last Saturday (which only makes more sense to celebrate in birthday suits). The class was led by the founder – Willow and she made sure it was a safe and comfortable experience for all. Before the class, she read ‘Community Rules’ (which also came in the confirmation email). Frankly, I am not a fan of rules, but I may be just used to being in the naturist environment, where there is usually no need for such rules to be told explicitly – I heard from other newcomers that they appreciated this approach. The major part of the rules ensures that the environment is non-sexual and body-positive, and a subset is aimed to women and transgender people in particular, as they may have additional hurdles on their way to feeling comfortable in their own skin. Continued…Read full original article…
More people than ever are ditching their clothes in favour of nude workouts.
Activities like naked yoga have making waves in Australia over the past few months with both men and women reporting better results, improved sleep and a boost in their body image as a result of exercising naked.
‘There are various studies that claim that baring it all in your exercise routine can help improve body image, mood, sleep and much more,’ the holistic nutritionist told FEMAIL.
Lee explained that one of the reasons we choose to exercise is to feel comfortable in our own skin.
‘As humans, we like to feel good and that’s perfectly natural. Working out in the nude can help us slowly feel more comfortable in the skin we’re in,’ she said.
‘While running on the treadmill with your parts jiggling a little may seem like a bit of a foreign concept, it can help you keep an eye on your progress.’
Unfortunately Lee said that it has become commonplace in our society for people to be unhappy with their bodies.
‘Being in the nude can help connect you to your body, reduce shame, improve self-acceptance and increase your sense of self-worth,’ Lee said.
‘The vulnerability of being naked with others can help unite people and create the realisation that we all have our own insecurities but we’re all beautifully human.’ Continued…Read full original article…
A friend in London emailed me this week to tell me about her second ‘rhassoul’ spa treatment. She’d previously had a rhassoul (or rasul or sometimes even ghassoul) experience in London, but this time it was at a Wellness centre in Germany.
Let me explain what the Rasul/Rhassoul is first.
It’s a soap made from clay, so that if you lather it up you can effectively create a mud covering to your skin. Moroccan -Rhassoul comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco- people have used rhassoul for centuries as soap and shampoo. The ritual of using Rasul appears to be akin to the Hamman -although please don’t write and tell me if I’ve got that wrong! 🙂 although the ‘mud’ element does make it seem like another ‘wellbeing’ experience with which some of you may be familiar. Continued…Read full original article…
Who doesn’t love the thrill of being naked? Whether it be walking around the house sans clothes when you’re home alone or that time you threw caution to the wind and went skinny dipping, there’s something intimately freeing about getting your gear off.
While for most of us nudity is about all about a moment of spontaneity, for some it’s a permanent lifestyle choice.
Cherie Lidbury, who lives in Newcastle on the New South Wales coast, says she fell into the nudist lifestyle in her 30s when she was a sales rep on the road and has embraced the concept ever since. Continued…Read full original article…
Believe it or not, the first thing you notice is the heat.
In the corner of a dance studio on the third floor of an undisclosed location, I lean against a piano and loosen my belt while wiping the sweat gathering on my forehead. Soon I am naked, about to take my first-ever yoga class—garbed or otherwise—with the dozen or so lads of Naked Yoga for Men, a Cambridge-based group that has practiced yoga au naturel for the last 15 years. Continued…Read full original article…
In Western culture, there are very few laws specifically prohibiting simple public nudity and yet we are encouraged to think of covering the body as an obligatory requirement for social interactions. We cover our bodies for “impression management, style, panache, and careful bodily representation.” We even feel compelled through social pressure to wear at least minimal clothing, even when swimming, and other activities that really do not and should not require covering. But clothing does serve a purpose beyond covering. We use clothing and other accessories for an outward expression of our identity and group affiliations.
In the National Geographic Channel documentary Taboo: Extreme Living, Psychology Professor Matthew Westra spoke to the ideologies in the US surrounding nudity. “Nudity is a taboo in America because we primarily equate nudity or nakedness with sexuality and we have taboos about sexuality,” he began, “a lot of it has to do, I think, with the Puritan and Victorian heritage that we have, which says that any kind of temptation will lead you into hell.” Continued…Read full original article…
Tauranga will host a mass skinny dip for a good cause next year.
Registrations have opened for the inaugural “Nude Dude” charity swim to be held on March 15, 2018, at an unnamed Western Bay beach.
After registering, nude dudes – who can be of any gender – must fundraise a certain amount – $300 for individuals and $1000 for groups of up to four – to make the cut for the R18 birthday suit 100m splash in the surf.
Only those competing will be given access to the beach, and there will be no spectators allowed.
The swim will be a fundraiser for Tauranga’s Breast Cancer Support Service, which provides emotional and practical support for women with breast cancer and their families, and receives no government funding. Continued…Read full original article…
The issue of shaving or keeping hair is something that many naturists have thought of at one point or another, whether for esthetic purposes or hygiene. But just how hygienic is it?
According to AsapSCIENCE, your hair is there for a reason. We used to be covered in hair, but eventually evolved to only have it in certain places. We’re the only mammal to have long, coarse pubic hair, actually, so it’s likely to be there for a reason. Pubic hair appears during puberty to work as a signal to potential mates that we’re ready to mate. It also acts as protection from friction during sex. Continued…Read full original article…
I have written about my accepting the “new me” in a previous post and it’s something I thought I needed to delve into more deeply in hopes of helping anyone who may be dealing with cancer. For naturists, this can be especially difficult when we have nothing to hide.
Cancer can change the way you look, temporarily or permanently. Some people gain or lose weight as is the case with me. Chemotherapy can sometimes make your hair fall out and in my case I had radiation but my hair loss was a family trait. You may have had surgery to remove a part of your body, and you may have scars. The scar on my leg that was used to replace my leg is extensive and my neck scar is something I have tried to hide with my beard to make it less noticeable. Continued…Read full original article…
Nudists know the many benefits of nudism and shared nudity. However, a vast majority of people, who are not nudists, see nudity as bad. We know this feeling is rooted in education as well as the fact that society has been sexualizing nudity for years. Therefore, people associate nudity to sex, and because sex is private, nudity should be. End of the story for many people.
Nudists have disassociated nudity and sex. Being naked is therefore normal, natural and social. With this, every nudist has been exposed to all sorts of nude bodies: every color, gender, body shape, scars, etc. Nudists know that nudism is all about being comfortable in our ones skin, with ones own body. When kids are exposed to nudism early or adults later when they embrace the nudism lifestyle, they understand that people are all different and come to respect, and appreciate, those differences. Continued…Read full original article…
We’ve never had so many women publically celebrating their curves and muscles – and calling for others to do so. But while Instagram is flooded with ultra-confident bloggers, women in the real world are a lot less positive about their own shape.
Ann Summers has conducted a nationwide survey of 2,500 women to find out about the nation’s body shapes, sizes and attitudes towards self-image. They found that the average dress size is a 14 (not 16 as commonly believed) and that the average cup size is a 34DD. 38% of women in the UK describe themselves ‘hourglass’ but over a third use phrases like ‘wobbly’, ‘frumpy’ and ‘chunky’ to describe their bodies. Continued…Read full original article…
Soma had been chronically depressed since the time he’d graduated from Bethel College in the late 1970s. The next couple decades he recalls “not doing much.”
By 1990, he’d been prescribed “tons and tons of medication” for anxiety and depression, leaving him in a drugged haze. At night he couldn’t sleep, and aimlessly wandered the streets of the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. One night he got mugged. Another time he found a murdered woman’s body.
Then one day Soma passed out on the floor of his apartment, lying unconscious for hours. A neurologist determined he was suffering from something called “serotonin syndrome,” brought on by taking several times the normal dose of Prozac, among other drugs.
A Parisian gym is trying something new: letting naturists use their facilities a few nights a week.
The gym is located in the 12th arrondissement, in the same building as the pool Roger Le Gall, which also opens to naturists in the evening. According to a Reddit forum, the customer are friendly and mostly male aged between 20 and 70 years old. Woman are also welcome, but there are very few.
Hey guys, it’s been awhile since there has been some news around this blog, but a lot of things have happened in our personal life and obviously this will affect Bare Thoughts aswell. In this update I’ll try to explain why and what is going to happen with this channel in 2018 but also in these last few weeks of 2017. If, after reading this, you still got questions, feel free to ask them, I’m happy to reply to you all.
It all starts with one of the biggest decisions in my life: I’m quitting the international truckerslife. I’ve done it for 11 years now and I love it a lot, but lately my body is telling me that it’s enough. The switching working hours, long days, stress and food are taking it’s toll, especially since I have Crohn’s disease and my energy is really going down the drain. Luckily I found a company where I can work steady hours and max 5 days a week. Also a big plus: I’ll be home every day so more time with the family. The new job will still be on the road, you can’t get me of the road that easy, but more close by and no more sleeping in the truck. We as a family are very happy with the decision I made. Continued…Read full original article…
Why do many naturists practice yoga and are many yogis interested in naturism?
Well, that’s simple. Both lifestyles are for women who had their puberty in the late sixties, took way too much acid, engaged on a lifetime search for enlightment and swore never to shave their armpits again. That’s it. End of story.
At least, that’s what we thought until we became interested in those lifestyles.
Only recently we figured out that both lifestyles actually have a huge common ground and suddenly it became clear why we mingle so easily. It’s for the same reasons why car mechanics are often race pilots, why vegans are into animal protection and why people who like wearing white socks join a tennis club. It’s in our genes. Continued…Read full original article…
Gerhard Riebicke was a German photographer who photographed, amongst other things, the naturist movement of the 1920s/1930s, just before naturism entered its darkest hour, tainted by association, for a while, with the entire Nazi philosophy of young, energetic and Aryan.
While some of his choreographed nude photography has a dubious element of faintly echoing later, disturbing imagery of the Nazis (not, incidentally, photographed by Riebicke to my knowledge), we can marvel at his capturing of movement and shape. Continued…Read full original article…
La producción fotográfica no está siempre diseñada para su exposición en las paredes de una sala privada o pública. Su incorporación como obra gráfica dentro de un libro permite muchas veces una mayor contextualización y un enriquecimiento biunívoco. La fotógrafa Laura Dodsworth nos presenta en su obra “Manhood: The Bare Reality” una colección de fotografías de 100 penes de varones entre 20 y 92 años, junto con el relato de sus propietarios. La visión de la propia masculinidad, de las inseguridades ligadas al cuerpo, al tamaño del pene como obsesión masculina, se van desgranando en este centenar de historias que configuran un gran relato psico-sociológico.
Dodsworth nos comenta:
“Los hombres sienten presión sobre su imagen corporal, de un modo similar a las mujeres, aunque algo menos. No tenía idea de cuántos hombres sienten ansiedad e inseguridad por el tamaño de su pene, o por algún aspecto de su desempeño”. Continued…Read full original article…
I’m not really a nudist kind of guy. The last nudist beach I visited primarily featured lots of curly hair, very unattractive gonads, and a disturbing volleyball game spectacle, so ever since, I’ve tended to stay away from nudist beaches and bars. But three months ago, while on a camping trip, I decided to sunbathe nude in the forest. I lay out in my hammock with my drawers tossed to the forest floor, my crotch proudly displayed to the bright, blue sky, basking in the glorious feeling of warmth on my balls. I pondered whether this was some kind of little-known biohack I was tapping into. After all, enough people expose their crotch to the warm rays of the sun that there must be some benefit to it, right? I had to find out.
As a man on a constant quest to optimize my brain and body (including my own balls), I decided to actually look into the health effects of UV light on the genitals. To my surprise, some studies have actually demonstrated that exposing the torso or the testes to light can potentially increase testosterone. In fact, studies on the effects of light on the testes go way back to 1939, when researchers exposed various parts of men’s bodies to UV light. They found that men’s testosterone levels went up by 120% when the participants’ chests were exposed to UV light, and they went up by 200% with UV exposure to the genital area. (This was the same study former professional baseball player Gabe Kapler cited back in 2015, when he advocated for tanning your testicles in a blog post that later went viral.) Continued…Read full original article…
It seems everyone is trying to find a new way to get healthy — but what if all you had to do was barely anything at all? At least when it comes to clothes.
Some residents at Forest Hills Nudist Club near Saranac are discovering the health benefits of being naked, like Marion Yancey, “I just can’t say enough about how wonderful it is.”
Neither can some researchers.
A 2014 study in the Journal Diabetes found that sleeping in the nude can increase your metabolism and lower blood sugar levels which reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes. Continued…Read full original article…
Well, to answer your question quickly: Yes you can! Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time. No just kidding, yes you can practice naturism when you’re having medical issues. Or should I say we can practice naturism while having medical issues? Because, as most of you already know, I’m having issues myself aswell since this year. In June of this year I was diagnosed with the chronic Crohn’s disease. Did that stop me from being a naturist? No it hasn’t.
From Sunday, in France, any commercial image that has been digitally altered to make a model look thinner will have a cigarette-packet style warning on it.
“Photographie retouchée”, it will say, which translates to “edited photograph”.
Anyone flouting the new rule could be fined €37,500 (£33,000) or 30% of the cost of creating the ad.
The government is essentially trying to tackle persistent image-doctoring as a public health issue. Continued…Read full original article…
Reach for the smelling salts! A female nipple is soon to be shown on daytime television in the UK for the first time ever. Reach for the smelling salts!
11,000 people (99% female, 1% male) died of breast cancer in the UK in 2014.
Anything that might lead to a reduction in this number is to be welcomed, by undertaking regular self-checks (or, come to that, have a partner help you with that check) regardless of what a small yet very vocal band of people might inevitably say about it.
I await its broadcast, or more accurately, the reaction to its broadcast, with interest. We Brits do a very good line in sexualising the body while hypocritically fearing it being seen. Continued…Read full original article…
Yoga instructor Rosie Rees has been running the unique workshops in her home town of Perth for three years, as well as in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Tonight’s workshop at the Power Living studio in the city is a first for Adelaide.
“I wanted to create a practice for women to love and accept their bodies,” says Ms Rees, 30. “People told me Perth wasn’t ready for it, that the world wasn’t ready for it. Pretty much every workshop I’ve ever run has sold out.”
Workshops run for 3.5 hours and begins with a sharing session, meditation and simple exercises in a candlelit room. Class sizes range from 15-30 people. Continued…Read full original article…
Every night, I do the exact same thing: I brush my teeth, quickly wash my face, throw on an oversized T-shirt and my boyfriend’s boxers, say goodnight to my puppy and boyfriend, and get into bed.
I didn’t think twice about my nighttime routine until I read this article on LittleThings about why you should change your pajamas every day. Though it had never crossed my mind, I definitely needed to take a look at how often I changed my jammies.
At that point, I started changing my PJ’s every day. However, I then wondered, “What other things am I doing wrong when I go to sleep?”
It was then that I read about sleeping naked and all its benefits.
Since summer in NYC had just started and I don’t have air conditioning in my apartment, I thought, “Hey, why not?” So, I took off all my clothes and hopped into bed. Cont…Read full original article…
The NZ Woman’s Weekly has refused to run a confronting breast cancer awareness advertisement showing a Kiwi woman topless after a mastectomy.
Alice O’Connell, editor of the women’s magazine, said they supported the ad campaign but readers might not accept a particular image – which shows North Shore woman Anete Smith’s reconstructed breasts and nipples.
Hiking is a very healthy activity that anybody can do. Naked hiking is really stitching a lifestyle, nudism, and a healthy activity, hiking. It’s, personnally, one of my preferred activities up to a point that it’s very difficult to hike with any kind of clothes on, once you have tried naked hiking. So it’s great this form of hiking is recognized by one of the major brands of hiking gears of the planet! We need to continue to spread the good news by driving more people to naked hiking, hike more naked, and talk about naked hiking to all our friends and family.
Get naked, stay naked, live naked and share the naked love!
Take a famous brand of sports gear, Columbia, take a great outdoor activity, hiking, mix this with nudism, and you get an article on the art of nude hiking on the Columbia’s blog. It’s just awesome! Here are their 9 tips for hiking nude: Cont…Read full original article…
Despite an abundance of trend pieces heralding the return of the bush, a groundbreaking study this past June revealed that women of all ages prefer to go bare. A poll of 3,316 women by a medical journal called JAMA Dermatology found that 48 percent groomed their pubic area on a weekly or monthly basis, while 5 percent reported shaving daily. Sixty-two percent had completely shaved their vulvas at least once in their lifetime.
Few topics are as fun and fraught as pubic hair; seemingly superfluous, it easily lends itself to bucolic analogies featuring bushes, crops, thickets and forests. Maybe that’s why so many writers have wanted to believe women were letting their hair grow out: Rainforests are more fun to describe than deserts. (And, to be fair, the narrative of resistance against infantilizing and heavily pornified beauty standards is also appealing.) But, as any social scientist will tell you, the mere existence of one actress’s unshaven hoo-ha does not an overarching thesis make. The JAMA Dermatology study, rigorous in its execution, has effectively blown the female pubic hair trend piece to smithereens. Cont…Read full original article…
By the turn of the 20th century, there was a full-fledged nudist movement unfolding in Europe. This wasn’t the oil-soaked, full-penetration nudity of the Roman Empire, but a communal understanding among “nonsexual social nudists,” folks that felt the sting of the Industrial Revolution in their lungs and wanted to get back to nature. They were, predictably, mostly German and they let it all hang out in parks and naturist resorts. Though the trend made its way across the Atlantic, it morphed in America, becoming a beach thing – and, eventually, becoming a subcultural thing.
Mark Haskell Smith, who reports on subcultures for a living, shed it all to live as the nudists do for his book Naked At Lunch. Smith weaves his American and European nudists adventures with the fascinating history of nudism. Inverse talked to him about the future of the no-clothes pastime and what not to do at a nudist resort. Cont…Read full original article…
Every year on 1st October, World Vegetarian Day kicks off a month of parties, potluck, presentations, food tasting displays…and lots of friendly discussions!
For those new to vegetarianism, it serves as an enticement to give meatless fare a try (even for a day) and learn about its many benefits. And, of course, it’s the perfect occasion for vegetarians and those already moving towards plant-based diets to celebrate their healthy, compassionate food choices.
World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month celebrations are as varied as the people who plan them. Whether you want to keep yours simple and private or public and grand — our ideas and resources can help.
In addition to individuals from all walks of life, past participants have included schools, colleges, health food stores, co-ops, restaurants, libraries, employers, health-care centers and many others.
Please consider joining with people around the world this October who will be exploring the vast variety of tasty and healthful meat-free foods, and sharing information about the benefits of vegetarian diets with the people in their local communities.
World Vegetarian Day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. 1st October is the official date, however if necessary, individuals may schedule their event on a nearby date instead.
Not long ago I discovered the existence of Irwin, someone who thinks exactly the same way as me, but has the good fortune to live in a country a little more civilized than the Brazil.
In Spain, if on one hand there is still the same rancid that infects the entire world cultural with the absurd notion that the human body should be covered because your vision is “indecent exposure”, on the other hand it is possible to live legally the naturist ideal.
A long way to go to reach the level of Germany, where you can sunbathe nude in any square with no one around but naturists are spearheads a movement for a more healthy and dignified. Cont…Read full original article…
The pressures on models to be as slim and toned as possible are immense.
They spend the prime years of their lives dieting and working out in order to land jobs – often before being retired off for being too old (read: late 20s) or for putting on a few pounds.
Which is why one model says she’s happier now at a size 16 than she was a size 10 bikini model.
La’Tecia Thomas, 26, says that in her slimmer days, she’d ‘loathe certain parts of (her) body)’.
‘I remember how unhappy I was in the picture on the left…I had so many insecurities, I compared myself to other women and I lacked confidence.’ Cont…Read full original article…
In some of the first articles on this website we told you how we experienced our first time nude among others and how we accidentally landed on a nudist campground. This is pretty much how we rolled into it. At the time we didn’t ask ourselves too many questions about this, it was what it was, and we enjoyed it. Only later, after talking to several other nudists and after reading about it on the web, it occurred to us that we were actually pretty lucky because we were born in a country where nudism is quite accepted and because we both stepped into it together. We hear so many stories where one partner really had to convince the other to give it a shot, sometimes resulting in a life long nudist couple but other times the answer would remain a plain “No” and so there was one more closet nudist. Or worse.
In several other articles we’ve tried to give you some reasons to engage into nudism. 7 Reasons to become a nudie is such an example, but also in Undress to destress or Improve your body acceptance by going nude we’ve been talking a lot about the advantages of being a nudist.
All of the philosophies which you can find in above articles are not ours of course. But because we strongly believe in them, we’ve brought them to you in our own words.
Sometimes, however, a smart ass will ask us: “Yeah, yeah, we know about the feeling of freedom and the equality and the lack of tan lines and stuff like that, but tell me, why did YOU decide to be nudists?”
And they don’t want to hear the stories about how we accidentally rolled into it, they want to know why we stuck to it, why we got interested in it, to such an extend that we even started writing about it. Cont…Read full original article…
Skinny dipping helps me feel alive Jax has been organising the Great North East Skinny Dip and raising money for Mind since 2012, here she blogs about how it came about and why there’s nothing like the feeling of running into the cold North Sea.
Despite years of personal struggle, I have never formally been diagnosed with a mental health problem. For a long time I moved through life with blinkers on, desperately trying to keep up. I was in denial and I numbed myself with drugs and alcohol.
It wasn’t until I was well into my thirties that I gave myself permission to acknowledge and honour my mental health problems.
Nowadays I am able to accept that it started much, much earlier than this. I remember being so confused when my dad suggested that I would make a brilliant radio presenter. I thought “But how could I ever be that happy? Every day?!” I just couldn’t imagine it. Cont…Read full original article…
Yesterday evening, I returned from a few days away from home. I had been away for a visit to some of my in-laws, as well as for a book-signing event at yet another Chapters book store. I sold seventeen books at the store and another two to one of my brothers-in-law.
The weekend was busy with visiting, when not selling books, with listening to stories from the past, playing card games, spending time with yet another brother-in-law who is is late stages of Alzheimer’s. Aside from when I was sleeping, there was no time from the moment we left home, until my return last night, for nudity. And, as is usually the case, it took me basically no time at all to shed the clothes and breathe just a bit more freely.
This morning, I found this image in my Twitter feed from a friend from the U.K. who mirrored the feeling that I, along with many others, feel, when deprived of time for being clothing free. It is like we are cast into a state of withdrawal and need a fix to regain our balance. We are nudity addicts, sunshine addicts when the weather is cooperative. Cont…Read full original article…
Love your body Introduction
What if, after celebrating the New Year, we showed ourselves some kindness and appreciated who we are right now? Nine inspiring Torontonians bare all and describe their journeys to self-love
Every January, the headlines at newsstands are pathetically predictable. “New year, new you! Lose weight! Diet! Change your life!” It’s enough body shaming to make even the most confident among us feel insecure. We’re led to believe that the only thing holding us back from having a better year is sheer willpower – and those last five pounds.
But what if we were told something different? What if we showed ourselves some kindness and appreciated who we are right now?
It’s with those questions in mind that NOW created the Love Your Body issue. For the last three years, we’ve featured dozens of inspiring Torontonians willing to bare all to help promote body positivity. These individuals are beautiful and diverse – in size, shape, race, age, ability and gender – with stories that touch on tragedy, transformation, reclamation, love and, most of all, acceptance. Cont…Read full original article…
There are numerous advantages to the nudist lifestyle, including the pleasure of feeling the sun all over your body, no tan lines, and the healthy self-confidence that naturism reflects.
Many people are ready to try nudism yet don’t know how or where to practice it. Start with Step 1 below to increase your comfort with nudism and help you find ways and places to spend time nude, or (if you need more specific advice) check out the sections listed above. Cont…Read full original article…
I first heard of nude spas when a friend visited Spa Castle in Queens. She said it was a place for women of all ages and sizes to bathe together, feel free in their own bodies, and accept nudity as a beautiful part of life. That sounded lovely to me, and as a person who has myriad issues with self-image, I thought a naked spa might be just the thing to help me accept my body for what it is. Or I could wind up crying and feeling like a gross failure. Oh, body issues, thank you for the roller-coaster ride you bring me every day!
Public bathhouses, called jimjilbangs, are common in South Korea. Though the nude rooms are segregated by gender, these spas also contain full floors of saunas for everyone to enjoy together. In Korea, it’s common for families and friends to happily hang out naked at the jimjilbang, get scrubbed, and enjoy a variety of pools and steam rooms. This tradition has fortunately come to America, and where I live—in L.A.—there are many to choose from. The spa I selected is located in a blank, beige building off a busy street in Koreatown.
I was surprised that at 1:30 p.m. on a Monday there were so many people putting down $25 for a little naked relaxation time. While I knew about traditional Korean bathhouses and remembered my friend’s tale of the all-size spa she enjoyed on the East Coast, I quickly realized my experience was going to be a little different. I promptly noticed most of the customers were tan, young, and very attractive. Thanks, L.A.! Still, I was excited to overcome my fears and have fun. Cont…Read full original article…