Documentation from India and ancient Egypt suggests that bathing rituals have been practiced for over 4000 years. Cleopatra was famed for her love of a bath in the milk of an ass; A ritual meant to preserve her highly proclaimed beauty. And where are the remnants of the western bathing culture? The Greeks and later the Romans used sacred sites of wells, springs and naturally mineralized waters, to locate their public bath houses. The Emperor Caracalla, believed the hot springs of Baden Baden in Germany cured his arthritis and there he built one of the finest bathing houses outside Rome.