The idea of going to a spa is enough to give our tired body a tingling sensation. In a busy, fast-paced life, you have little time to care for your body and mind. Due to extreme stress in 21th-century life, spas have become more and more popular in North America. It’s no wonder that advertising agencies use the word spa to sell many wellness products. Amid these connotations, we may lose the true meaning of the spa. Traditionally, spas are usually located near a body of a natural underground water reservoir (often, hot water) that comes to the surface, such as a spring, fountain, lake, or well.
The word comes from the name of the village called Spa in Belgium. Formula-1 fans know Spa. The town is close to the race circuit (Spa-Francorchamps), where the Belgian Grand Prix is taking place every year. The historical springs that contain minerals are located in or near Spa.
In the old days, wounded Roman soldiers came to bathe in these mineral springs after the battle to soothe their sore and tired bodies and heal their wounds with the healing property of the spring water. Since then, any natural formation or brick and mortar place where there is water with medicinal properties available for bathing is called a spa.
According to another theory, however erroneous, the word spa is derived from the Latin phrase “Sanitas per aqua” or “healthy by water.” All of the arguments mentioned above clearly show that the spa is synonymous with curative water.
Nevertheless, the concept of modern spas is the same. To cure and relax. The water of medicinal springs or wells contains many types of minerals in large quantities. That waters are medically proven to be effective against various diseases.
Medical spas offer hot tubs, hot and cold water pools, steam rooms, saunas, and hydromassage to soothe the body and mind. Spa resorts (also called Wellness Center in Europe) include water slides, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and also provide additional services such as massage therapy, physical therapy, medical exam, salt therapy, hair salon, and restaurant. Also, mud bath and mud packs. Spas resorts also offer full accommodation and privacy.
Spas always were and still are trendy in Europe. Particularly in countries like Germany, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, and Italy. Their people regularly go to revitalize their tired or aching bodies. Also, people from all over the world travel to Europe to visit these places to find a cure for their conditions or to relax.
The Science of Mineral Water
Balneology is the science that research the mechanism of action of medicinal waters. More and more clinical studies prove that mineral water can also cure through the skin.
Spas are known to cure many types of problems. Such as gynecological problems, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, heart, liver, musculoskeletal problems, gastrointestinal, and respiratory complaints. Also, give pain relief. The composition of water determines which diseases it can treat.
In European countries, doctors can prescribe water therapy. Health insurance and government health agencies bear the cost of it. People don’t mind queuing outside of spas because they hope to get rid of their illnesses by swimming, bathing, or drinking the water. This water therapy (hydrotherapy, balneotherapy) has helped to heal many people for centuries. In many cases, they may not even bathe in the mineral water, but only drink it.
Why spas are popular?
Modern spas are different from the original thermal springs and natural thermal pools. What has not changed is the underlying principle. Everything else is modernized. They are still perfect for rejuvenation, getting peace and good physical and mental health. Also, for socializing with like-minded people.
A visit to a spa is a wonderful experience. It completely relaxes you and various treatments are available for every inch of your body. This is the reason for many people who go to spas for relaxing and get pampered. After a hydrotherapy treatment, we feel really rejuvenated and energetic enough to take on the world.