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Bring your swimsuit to this new ‘first of its kind’ Sacramento business

Cori Martinez, in one of her yoga studio rooms, opened Sacramento’s first ‘urban bathhouse’ on 27th Street near Broadway, on November 1, 2016
Cori Martinez, in one of her yoga studio rooms, opened Sacramento’s first ‘urban bathhouse’ on 27th Street near Broadway, on November 1, 2016 Bob Shallit

Asha Urban Baths, which bills itself as Sacramento’s “first old-world style wellness bathhouse,” opened Tuesday along the Broadway corridor.

The bathhouse at 2415 27th St., features communal hot and cold soaks in indoor pools, sauna and steam facilities, massages and yoga. A cold-pressed juice also can be had on-site.

The business was developed by owner Cori Martinez, who envisioned a wholesome retreat men and women wearing swim attire can relax and enhance their overall health.

Inside-and-out wellness is touted, and any thoughts of Asha being a rendezvous site for casual sex are quickly dashed. In fact, the business website specifically notes: “Physical displays of affection are strictly prohibited.”

The site also urges: “Unplug. Leave phones and tablets in your locker.”

On-site baths offer wide temperature extremes, from around 55 degrees up to about 100 degrees. Cycling between both extremes is encouraged.

Asha incorporates international practices and locations dating back centuries, including the Russian banya, the Korean jjimjilbang, the Turkish hammams, the Japanese sento and gathering places of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Yoga studio owner Cori Martinez plans to add hot and cold pools to her lineup on Broadway, creating an 'old world-style' retreat where people can relax. Martinez hopes to have Asha Urban Baths + Yoga open by July.

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