I don't know what you meant by fragile, but my kitty HATES baths, she HATES them and is too aggressive for me to handle if I try to bathe her - but she loves jumping in the shower and sitting next to me.
I have to bathe her quite often as she likes to climb inside the kitchen walls (long story) and gets quite dusty and she's not a fan of grooming herself unless she has to.
I found the easiest way for me to clean her is to have a shower with her. I'll cradle her in my arms and hop under the shower first, then slowly start wetting her, then turn around and let her go under the water. She doesn't like it very much but she stays calm and still and is much less panicked because I'm cuddling her as I wash her. I found it the best way when I had to wash her with flea shampoos as well, because she was happy to sit in my arms dripping wet while we let the flea shampoo soak in.
My boyfriend thought it was hilarious seeing myself step out of the shower with the kitty and both of us being completely wet, but she doesn't fight me when I wash her using this method.