Spa is associated with water and water treatment to cure ailments and diseases.
It is interesting to note that time has made remarkable changes in the belief system and functioning of human being. About 169 years back, even bathing was considered bad and was prohibited by law as water was believed to bring diseases and kill people. Science was not developed to that extend as it is today.
The curative properties of water were understood hundreds of years back as the springs and holy water baths were there all over the world. Many people around the world believed that bathing in a particular spring, well, or river resulted in physical and spiritual purification even though regular bathing was not a common thing during those days.
People changed the bathing habits to a great extent as part of their daily routine. Many believe that taking bath in the morning keeps them fresh and gay all through out the day. Many take bath in the evening too as it gives further body tuning and free from the bad smell of perspiration and sweating. Water is the greatest cleansing and refreshing agent that people enjoy at best.
The Greeks, Romans, Egiptians, native Americans and all religions believed in the healing and purifying porpertis of water.
The modern spa is believed to have inherited from the Greeks.
An old thermal spa in Budapest, Hungary
The 20th century witnessed popularity of the spas. Various hydrotherapy were tried perfected.
Spa treatment has turned to be a great cosmetic treatment all over the world. Mud bath, Sauna, Steam bath, Facial treatment, massages of various types, aroma therapy all became part of spa treatment.
Health resorts became popular destinations for one and all. Ayurvedic spas with natural medicine and oil is a conditioned spa and spa has become synonymous with body cleansing with or without water!Onsite sources of mineral water or thermal or sea water are all used for the pleasure of having relaxation and better health.
Herbs and specific treatments do help to recover from body ailments.