The miracle of mineral baths

Already in 73 BC hot springs or mineral baths served as places for health and rejuvenation. King Herod, the Roman king of Judea, created one of the first world spas on the Dead Sea. Queen Cleopatra built a cosmetics and pharmaceutical factory there. During the Roman Empire, almost every city had access to mineral baths, which were used for public bathing, exercising and socializing. You could find bathhouses from Great Britain to Germany and Algeria.

The famous hot springs of Baden-Baden in Germany have been attracting tourists for centuries. Located on the river Oos, the city of Baden-Baden welcomed the ancient Romans, English Queen Victoria and modern tourists in every way. Considered to be one of the most elegant bathing areas in Europe, Baden-Baden consists of about 29 hot springs, which are transferred by pipes to various baths in the city. Patients are still coming today to seek help in the treatment of gout, paralysis, skin diseases and more.

Native Americans recognized the healing powers of mineral baths, believing that they were a special gift to people from the Great Spirit. All those early spa visitors have found that mineral baths have been effective in treating a range of ailments, including psoriasis, acne, rheumatism and indigestion. The Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto came across the Vapors Valley at the beginning of the 16th century. He was one of the first Europeans who discovered the healing power of what is now known as Hot Springs, Arkansas.

DeSoto was just one of many who came to discover these magical thermal springs that gave rise to Hot Springs National Park. Hot Springs, called the "American Spa", has a rich history, and soon after others appeared. Another American classic, the Roosevelt Bathhouse in Saratoga Springs, New York, attracted sophisticated travelers for soaking in soothing mineral waters in the 1800s. Part of the Gideon Putnam resort, guests believe that water provides preventive benefits, and the use of mineral sources helps reduce stress and strengthen overall body function.

These waters also gave rise to playgrounds for the rich and famous. Almost a century ago, VIP guests traveled by car to Mount Clemens, Michigan or "America & # 39; s Bath City" to experience magical mineral waters. Pumped from 400 meters below the city of Mount Clemens, Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst and Babe Ruth were among others. It is known that baths relieve joint pain, rheumatism and eczema. It was also a mecca for polio patients. The thriving therapeutic industry was supported by 11 large baths and dozens of holiday hotels in the city.

The West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana, opened during the gilding age, had a fantastic vaulted ceiling, which was considered the "eighth wonder of the world." National Historic Landmark, West Baden's reputation as a mineral resort, has attracted visitors from all over the United States to relax and heal. Renovation in 2007 Covered a 27,000-square-foot spa center with full-body capsules with famous mineral water, making West Baden Springs an undeniable first-class resort.

Mineral sources have also become a source of innovative body treatments. For example, in Harbin Hot Springs in Middleton, California, the therapist Harold Dull developed Watsu, which is a combination of Zen shiatsu with water. Warm and inviting natural spring pools are located on an area of ​​2000 acres. The Hot Springs, Virginia home for the first time welcomed Thomas Jefferson who bathed his waters three times a day for three weeks as a remedy. Today's guests can still "take water" while indulging in luxurious spa treatments.