It is possible that one of the two rooms marked 24 and 25 was used as an unctorium. It is likely that higher prices were charged in some baths than in others in the same city, either because they were more luxuriously equipped or to make them more exclusive and fashionable than the rest, but we have no positive knowledge that this was done. Most people bathed in the afternoon in public baths.
It is probable that in the large baths expert operators could be hired but we have no direct testimony on the subject. Near them was a third kettle containing cold water. Christian doctrine insisted that what was important was the cleanliness of the inner soul, with too much attention to the outer body being a sin.
Then comes the caldarium F , 12' x 7'6", with its alveus G , 6' x 3' x 2', but with no sign of its labrum left, perhaps because the basin was too small to require any special foundation. Free baths did not exist, except when some magistrate or public-spirited citizen or candidate for office arranged to relieve the people of the fees for a definite time by meeting the charges himself.
Julius Caesar bathed at Vichy. This contained in one corner a cold bath, as there was no separate frigidarium in the baths for women.
It is possible that one of the two rooms marked 24 and 25 was used as an unctorium. An idea of the magnificence of the central room, showing a restoration of the corresponding room in the Baths of Caracalla. The needles may have belonged to bathers who brought needlework to pass the time, or employees may have brought the sewing equipment, offering tailoring or other services at the sites while bathers relaxed, Whitmore said.