Spa stands for Sanus Per Aquam which is a Latin word and it means health through water. Actually spa is the name of the city which is present in the Belgium. As the water is contained in mineral springs, it was also used for the relaxation of the noble persons during the fifteenth century. In the ancient times, people used to travel in search of hot or cold springs to cure some sufferings or illness. Modern world also uses some therapeutic property of the water to treat against the various health disorders. According to the International Spa Association, definition of the spa is the places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit. The mineral water treatment which is a part of the Spa care treatment is not only used to protect the health but has also become a famous cure against the diseases. The mineral springs are mostly used by the patients for gastrointestinal, renal-urological, chronic intoxication and the endocrine metabolic diseases. In case of anemia and liver-gall diseases, it is best to drink the sulfate iron mineral water and the sulfate mineral water respectively. In case of gastrointestinal or the endocrine metabolic diseases, it is best to use the medium and highly mineralized water. The macro ingredient water contains the Pharma dynamic effect just like a medicine and is used against many diseases. These types of treatment are free from the negative side effects of the medicines.
Spa care is becoming popular worldwide due to its numerous benefits for the patient and also the healthy people. Awareness about health has been progressing fast and people are much conscious about it. They take care of their nutrition, beauty, exercise, relaxation, healthy eating. They often try to include the elements included for their health in their routine life into their holiday planning. So by visiting a local spa or traveling overseas, a large number of people are opting to take breaks from their speedy life in order to rejuvenate and relax. Nowadays spa has taken the shape of the industry which is developing and getting progress . There are a lot of associations which are actively supporting, promoting and working comprehensively to develop the wellness of the industry. Different spas are encouraging and offering many wellness programs and their treatments also include healthier lifestyles, weigh loss treatments, thermal skin treatments, fitness programs, massage, mineral, yoga, detox diets and alternative therapies.
Same as most of the countries, the spa care and tourism industry in Greece has progressed quickly. Since the old days, hot springs of Greece have been the part of history for thousands of years and well renowned for their healing powers. Visitors and tourists can get the waters of the same streams or springs which were used by the warriors, philosophers and all those historical persons who used to utilize those streams and springs. Whenever the Greeks found some miraculous hot water rising from the earth, they constructed the temple around the aquatic wonder and most of the times population settled there. Among the springs of the ancient times, most of them have been in continuous use and did not dry out. But now, some of them have been reduced to merely being the source springs to be used for watering the plants and the most are only a source of enjoyment and amusement for the people of Greek and tourists alike. Still the Greece is among the one of the richest countries who have the natural spas. It contains about 850 thermal and mineral springs that are present in different geographical locations. So the presence of such an amount of mineral springs attracts the attention of the visitors and patients of the chronic conditions to receive the treatments in a natural way. Thus it also takes the attention of the researchers relating to the medical field and provides a source of new horizon to the science.
In Greece, there are a lot of places where the spa springs are still present in their original state. The most concentrates area of the spa care units are the Fthiotida Prefecture followed by the island of Euboea (Evia). But one of the best spas is present in Edipsos which is a hot spring and located under the seawater. Visitors and tourists can easily dive and swim the swirling warm water that not only makes them enjoy but also helps them to improve their health. Both Plutarch and Aristotle described Aedipsos and there are also archeological evidence that suggests that these hot water springs have been in use for about 20,000 years. There is the detailed scientific information of the healing water present in Aedipsos and its composition. The volcanic island of Milos also has a number of spots that provide hot water but these are not very organized. In many other places on the beaches, there are hot spots where the hot water rises up just offshore. Beside these natural spring waters, there are also a lot of spots that have been identified as the sea water treatments. So, Greeks are much proud of their plentiful spring waters full of special curative and healing powers. As the rheumatic and arthritis disorders are mostly associated with older age people, so it is a common concept that the spa springs are only for the senior citizens. But the beneficial properties are the same for all the ages as it also improves the appearance of the skin and provides the feeling of relaxation and well being. But be careful when use the spa therapy, you are best advised to consult a health care provider first.