First, dipping your parboiled skin, now lightly seasoned with natural oak and birch dustings, into chilly zero-degrees-Celsius water is a life-changing experience.
The owner, flamboyant Canadian Doug Steele, was forced out and it now continues in a watered-down form I believe.
THE RUSSIAN BARE Past the understated entrance think ground-floor, corner shophouse unit in a less busy side of Bukit Pasoh , we deposited our outerwear at the cloakroom and, after some vigorous sign language on our part, eventually found the main changing area.
We were ushered back into the steam room, again, this time filled with about a dozen or so already-profusely sweating Russians sitting almost shoulder to shoulder.
We were informed keep each session in the steam room to no longer than 10 minutes.
Yes, it felt slightly violated after two hours of extreme physical and psychological challenges.
Yes, my body was still trying to make sense of the ordeal it had been subjected to.