Saturday, 15 November 2014

Bathing in Oil Azerbaijan

Bathing in Oil

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Naftalan, a city located about an hour from my host city, is best known for providing the oil for these baths.  It is believed that the natural minerals found in Naftalan’s oil hold curative properties.  The baths are recommended to patients with various medical conditions (e.g., joint pain, psoriasis and nervous conditions) and are also used in spa treatments.  I'll admit, every time I saw the advertisement, I shook my head with skepticism, but I also felt intrigued.

Recently, I went to visit a friend and student who lives in Naftalan.  I had continually promised him that I would visit and because he was leaving for the army, it would be my last opportunity to visit.  While busing into the city, there were approximately a dozen signs on my way from Mingachevir to Naftalan.  Later in the afternoon, I began to ask my friend about places which provided oil baths and their price range.  Asking this led to taking me to a location where I was swept into a store items were purchased (a towel, shampoo, shower slippers and soap).  It seemed, as a guest, this experience was one I would be having that very day.

Upon entering the room, you are asked to disrobe and enter into the bath room.  The woman with me was wonderfully kind and the entire location was extremely clean.  I was directed to step into the tub and to sit down. I sat.  Once I sat down, the xanim turned on the spout.  From the spout poured a brown mixture of, what I'm guessing, was oil and mud.  It was very warm.  It smelled only slightly like you would expect oil to smell.  She explained to me I would only be able to stay in for 10 minutes.  

Because the center doesn't receive many foreigners, the woman was very curious about my life.  About a minute into my bath, another woman who worked at the center joined us (it was a slow day) and together they asked me questions about America and my life.  

As I was sitting in the tub, I could feel my heart rate begin to increase.  I can't tell you what might be the reason for this, only that it happened.  The oil does contain chemicals and perhaps it's a combination of the heat and chemicals? Or that all your pores are covered in oil?  

After my ten minutes were complete, I stood up from the tub and the excess oil was scraped off with a shoehorn (no kidding).  Following the shoehorn scraping, I entered the shower, where I had help washing my back (and then left to my own devices).  It took a good 20 minutes to successfully wash off all the oil; for the rest of the day (and for a few days after) I smelled faintly like a car (but a fancy one).


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Leaders have condemned the recent stripping of a woman by a section of the public in Donholm, Nairobi on claims that she was indecently dressed saying the action was unreasonable and unlawful.
At the same time, they have called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officer who assaulted and raped a woman at a police station and the mysterious death of her three-month-old son during her ordeal.
Senate Committee on Health vice-chairperson Zipporah Kittony, National Assembly Committee on Health Chair Rachael Nyamai, Nominated Senator Godliver Nanjira, Senator Mohammed Kuti, among others, jointly said that violence against women in any form is not allowed in the Constitution.
“They stripped her not only of her clothes but of her dignity and person. It defeats logic that individuals who were purportedly concerned about decency proceeded to strip the lady naked.”
“This act is a national shame and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” said Ms Kittony.
She was speaking on the sidelines of a health and devolution seminar at the Flamingo Beach Hotel in Mombasa.
In her remarks, Ms Nyamai, who is also Kitui South MP, warned that stripping of women and similar acts are likely to make visitors shy away from visiting the country out of fear of being victims of the same.
“Such actions will make people stop coming to Kenya. There are visitors, some of whom are not Kenyans, who like to wear such clothing especially during hot seasons and they may fear they will be stripped as well,” the MP said stressing that Kenya is a secular country.
Nominated Senator Godliver Nanjira said that they will strengthen the existing laws on human rights such that perpetrators of gender-based violence are punished severely.
The leaders, who urged the police to arrest the perpetrators, further added that there is no law on the way people should dress in the country and that in any case Kenya is a civilized country.
The legislators are meeting in a two-day forum to discuss the progress and challenges facing the health sector since the devolution of health services. more from nation