An Aerotone is a Victorian hydrotherapy treatment method, which was essentially a prototype of the modern-day Jacuzzi bath. There are very few working examples left today, which makes a visit to the one at Portobello Swim Centre a truly unique experience.
It’s basically a large stainless steel cylinder, half of which is sunken into the floor – it feels a bit like climbing into a giant beer keg or washing machine. You can book it for an hour session, an attendant will fill it for you, make sure that it is at your preferred depth and temperature and explain how things work.
It’s good to go with a friend so that you can take turns playing with the controls and adjusting the strength of the bubbles. You really do get a good pummelling, and it’s a bit like having a whole body massage. As you have it for an hour, you can take a break for a quick dip in the pool before going back for more. You could always combine your Aerotone adventure with a visit to the on-site Turkish baths and have the full Victorian hydrotherapy experience.
Address: 57 Promenade, EH15 2BS
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